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Simon Cowell: 'I knew instantly that One Direction would be huge'

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Simon Cowell has said that he knew One Direction would become a global phenomenon the very first time they performed for him.

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson all auditioned as solo artists for the UK version of The X Factor in 2010, but the judges placed them together as a group before the live rounds took place and they finished third overall.

One Direction's debut LP Up All Night has since topped the album charts in the US, Canada and Australia, with their single 'What Makes You Beautiful' also charting high across the globe.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cowell said he knew almost instantly that the five young singers had tremendous on-stage chemistry.

"When they came to my house in Spain and performed, after about a millionth of a second [I knew they'd be huge]. I tried to keep a straight face for a bit of drama for the show," he joked.

Cowell continued: "I remember sitting next to this girl who I was working with. The second they left we jumped out of my chair and said, 'These guys are incredible!' They just had it.

"They had this confidence. They were fun. They worked out the arrangements themselves. They were like a gang of friends, and kind of fearless as well."

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Cowell went on to praise One Direction for sharing the same vision for their musical style.

"The more I got to know them, the more I liked them and the more I trusted them. They had good taste and they understood the kind of group they wanted to be," Cowell said.

"They didn't want to be moulded. I'm not interested in working with people like that either. They had their own views and they all brought something special to the table."

It was reported this week that Cowell's record label Syco is being sued by an American band over rights to the name One Direction.

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Watch One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful' music video below:

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