It’s been revealed today that Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jordan O’Keefe tried out for The X Factor in 2010, which was of course the same year that saw global phenomenon One Direction formed as a band from previously solo singers Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne…
And though Jordan failed to get through on X Factor, while he was queuing for his first audition, he was in line with 1D’s Niall, who, as mentioned above, was there as a guitar playing solo singer.
Jordan explained to The Sun that though he’s happy for the enormous success Niall has enjoyed with 1D, he couldn’t help but feel a pang of jealousy as he realised had he got further in X Factor’s rounds, he may well have been one of those singled out to form One Direction.
But that said, Niall’s success has since spurred Jordan on to pursue his dream.
Of his first meeting with Niall, Jordan explained, “We were stood next to each other and he was playing his guitar. I asked if I could borrow it to play something.
“We got chatting. He went on to find fame in One Direction and I went home and cried after not getting through. It was so hard.
“I kept seeing him when boot camp was on TV and told my mum that was the boy I’d met.
“When he got through to the final I was so happy for him but it was quite hard to watch and see him go on to so much success.
“He was much more confident and a bit more mature than me in that audition but it did make me think, if only I’d have got through, I could have ended up in the biggest boy band in the world.”
He continued, “It drove me on and made me try harder. It made me think if he can do it so can I.
“If I go on to have half his success then I will be so happy.”
As fans will know, Jordan chose to sing 1D track Little Things for his first audition for BGT and when it was first broadcast in April, Niall was apparently impressed.
He tweeted, “Jordan O’Keefe from bgt last night… first of all thanks for doin little things bro!
“That’s a serious voice you’ve got on ya”
Of Niall’s message, Jordan said, “I couldn’t believe it when he tweeted me. I hope he remembers me.”
Here’s a reminder of that performance…