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"It is impossible to thank anyone enough for all the support they have given us over this time," Styles wrote

By Megan Kuharich
Updated December 01, 2020 10:40 PM
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And on July 23, 2010, Simon Cowell said let there be One Direction.

Five years ago Thursday, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik tried out for The X Factor as solo performers – and failed. Luckily, a higher power (a.k.a Cowell) suggested the singers had more potential as a group.

And boy was he right! #TBT to 1D’s first official performance together on the show:

The (now four-piece) band took to Twitter to celebrate the anniversary, thanking fans and even their former colleague Malik (who chimed in!) for an incredible ride.

Styles started things off by Tweeting: “We have been a band for five years. And it is impossible to thank anyone enough for all the support they have given us over this time..”

Dad-to-be Tomlinson joined in on the fun by writing: “Every single day we are thankful for the platform that you incredible people gave us. What an amazing 5 years it’s been!!”

Payne jokingly added: “Did I miss something?”

Malik retweeted Payne’s comments and replied:

And last but not least, Horan chimed in, Tweeting: “5 years, literally sittin down talking about last night. Insane! I remember the day we were out together like it was yesterday!”