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Season 7 (2010) Edit

September 19 – Auditions 6 Edit

The second visit to the Manchester auditions saw the introduction of Harry Styles to the competition. He auditioned singing an acapella cover of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" for Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and guest judge Nicole Scherzinger.

Scherzinger commented that "for 16 years old you have a beautiful voice." Walsh agreed with her, but voted no because he thought Harry was too young and didn't have enough experience or confidence. Cowell said he thought Harry could be very good with a bit of vocal coaching. With two yeses, Harry went on to next week's bootcamp round.

September 25 and 26 – Bootcamp 2 Edit

Harry did not make it through and started crying, saying "I'm really gutted." However, he was brought back to the stage along with Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The boys were told that they were too talented to let go of and were put through as a group instead of solo acts.

October 2 and 3 – Judges' houses Edit

October 9 and 10 – Live show 1 Edit

The week's theme was "number 1s." One Direction performed "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay and were safe.

October 16 and 17 – Live show 2 Edit

The week's theme was "heroes." One direction performed "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson and were safe.

October 23 and 24 – Live show 3 Edit

The week's theme was "guilty pleasures." One Direction performed "Nobody Knows" by Pink and were safe.

October 30 and 31 – Live show 4 Edit

The week's theme was "Halloween" and One Direction performed "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler. They were safe.

November 6 and 7 – Live show 5 Edit

The week's theme was "American anthems" and One Direction performed "Kids in America" by Kim Wilde. They were safe.

November 13 and 14 – Live show 6 Edit

The week's theme was "Songs by Elton John" and One Direction performed "Something About the Way You Look Tonight." They were safe.

November 20 and 21 – Live show 7 Edit

The week's theme was "Songs by The Beatles" and One Direction performed "All You Need Is Love". They were safe.

November 27 and 28 – Live show 8 Edit

The week's theme was "rock" and One Direction performed "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams and "You are so Beautiful" by Billy Preston and Bruce Fischer. They were safe.

December 4 and 5 – Semi-final Edit

December 11 and 12 – Final Edit