Formation: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik auditioned as solo singers in the seventh series of ‘The X Factor’. They failed to make it through to live shows individually, and so were put together as One Direction by the judges.Click to see full answer. Correspondingly, who brought one direction together? Simon Cowell One may also ask, why did one direction separate? A stylized letter F. One Direction shot to stardom in 2010 after competing on “The X Factor.” After member Zayn Malik left in 2015, the band continued as a four-piece but later that year they announced they’d be going on a hiatus. Liam Payne has said that Malik “didn’t even say goodbye” when he left the band. Also question is, are One Direction getting back together in 2020? At present, more information on the One Direction reunion or documentary are unknown. However, they are currently sitting at 1-2 odds of a four-part reunion, according to Coral, with Zayn Malik’s return sitting at 5-2 odds for 2020.How did one direction get famous?It began with Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. They finished third on the seventh series of The X Factor. They each auditioned for The X Factor separately. Simon Cowell, their mentor, put them together in 2010 because he thought they were too good to lose.