Over the past couple of years, One Direction have come from contestants on a TV show, to one of the biggest boy bands ever to have made it in the UK. With their recent success moving over to America, it’s time we learnt some interesting facts about the boys, and their amazing music.

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1. The five members of One Direction are Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik. Tweet
2. To hire One Direction out for one night, it would cost over £21,000! Tweet
3. Each member of One Direction applied as solo contestants on the UK X Factor, but failed to qualify for the Boys category. They were then put together as a group. Tweet
4. One Direction starred in a series of TV ads and events for Pokémon Black and White. Tweet
5. Liam Payne Appeared on The UK’s X Factor in 2008. He made it through to the judges houses Tweet
6. Harry’s full name is Harry Edward Styles. His Twitter is @Harry_Styles. Tweet
7. One Direction finished third on the seventh series of UK’s X Factor. Tweet
8. Liam’s middle name is James. Tweet
9. Liam’s star sign is Virgo. Tweet
10. Louis’ middle name is William. Tweet
11. Louis was born on Christmas Eve in 1991. Tweet
12. Zayn was born on 12th January, 1993. Tweet
13. Amazon revealed that One Direction’s 2012 calendar is the top-selling calendar of all time. Tweet
14. One Direction have had three books released. Tweet
15. Their first book called One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story) reached the number one spot on the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Tweet
16. One Direction announced their debut UK tour, which sold out within 12 minutes of release! Tweet
17. Zayn didn’t have a passport before he was in One Direction. Tweet
18. As a band, One Direction’s biggest inspiration is ‘Take That’. Tweet
19. Harry used to be in a band called ‘White Eskimo’. Tweet
20. ‘White Eskimo’ performed at a wedding in June 2010. Tweet
21. Harry is the youngest member of One Direction. Tweet
22. They saw each other naked pretty much the first time they worked together, Harry stripped down first! Tweet
23. Louis is the oldest member of 1D. Tweet
24. ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was the third fastest selling single of 2011. Tweet
25. Harry’s favourite film genre is action/adventure. Tweet
26. Harry was the one who came up with the band’s name ‘One Direction’. Tweet
27. Liam’s favourite sport is boxing. Tweet
28. The only book Niall has ever read is To Kill A Mockingbird. Tweet
29. Louis has four sisters. Tweet
30. Louis got suspended from school and had to retake year 12. Tweet
31. Harry can speak French. Tweet
32. Louis had a chilli flavoured ice cream in France and said it was amazing! Tweet
33. Juggling is one of Harry’s hidden talents. Tweet
34. Their first single, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was released on 11th September 2011 and was number one of the UK singles charts a week later. Tweet
35. One Direction’s second single, ‘Gotta Be You’, was released on 13 November 2011, which made number 3 in the charts. Tweet
36. Their debut album ‘Up All Night’ was the fastest selling debut album on the UK Albums Chart in 2011. Tweet
37. ‘Up All Night’ was the 16th biggest selling album of 2011. Tweet
38. After The X Factor, the band signed a £2 million record contract with Syco Music. Tweet
39. Louis’ favourite film is Grease. Tweet
40. Liam and Zayn played Pokémon loads when they were younger, but Harry didn’t play much until he was introduced to it, now 1D are all Pokéfans! Tweet
41. Louis does not like tattoos, but has some anyway! Tweet
42. Harry’s star sign is Aquarius. Tweet
43. ‘The Fray’ is Louis’ favourite band. Tweet
44. Harry had his first kiss when he was 11. Tweet
45. Niall is the only member of 1D who was not born in the UK. He was born in Ireland. Tweet
46. Niall plays the guitar. Tweet
47. Niall’s favourite colour is blue. Tweet
48. When Harry was younger his hair used to be straight! Tweet
49. Harry does not like mayonnaise. Tweet
50. One Direction launched limited edition Nokia C2-02 and Nokia C3-00 phones. Tweet

Written By Luke Ward

Luke Ward is the founder of The Fact Site. He is professional blogger, with over four years experience. He enjoys writing about celebrities, film and TV. His latest achievement was graduating for BA (Hons) in Motion Graphics.