Never-before-seen footage from The X Factor UK has revealed that a lackluster first performance by Harry Styles was cut and an improved second song was released.
A long cut of his audition released for the first time shows the 16-year-old singing Hey, Soul Sister by Train.
But, the performance was never shown on the 2010 version of the ITV competition show and now, 12 years later, it has finally been discovered.
In the video, judge Louis Walsh was initially impressed with the choice, telling the One Direction star it was his “favorite song on the charts”.
After delivering a mildly tangy performance of the hit, Simon Cowell, 62, chimed in, asking the Watermelon Sugar singer if he could sing a cappella.
“I don’t know if this is the track that throws you, but can I hear something that’s just you without any music?” the music mogul said.
An unfazed Harry, now 28, without breaking a sweat, simply suggested Isn’t she beautiful? by Stevie Wonder.
It was this rendition of the iconic song that made the final cut of The X Factor UK, earning Harry a coveted spot in the next round.
Imagine if they never gave him a second chance?!
Other never-before-seen footage from the star-making audition shows Harry joking with Simon about his previous job at a bakery.
Simon asked, “What are you doing at the bakery?”
“I like serving the cakes in the shop,” Harry deadpanned to the delight of the audience, who burst out laughing.
Harry went on to share some delicious tidbits about his former profession, revealing that Viennese biscuits and millionaire shortbread were the most popular treats.
Unfortunately, it was a bad time for the white guinea bread (even Simon had to ask Harry what it was), which didn’t tickle customers that much, according to the Dunkirk actor.
Blowing a raspberry and giving a thumbs down, Harry expressed his displeasure at the bread, prompting more laughter from the audience.
This is the second time in recent weeks that X Factor bosses have released never-before-seen footage of the members of One Direction.
Last Saturday, footage revealed who was really behind the formation of one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.
And, no, it wasn’t Liam Payne.
The 28-year-old claimed on Logan Paul’s podcast that Simon formed the five-piece “around his face”.
Not only did Liam come close to not making the cut, with Simon expressing reservations about the Strip That Down singer, but it was really Nicole Scherzinger who had a strong influence in the final line-up.
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