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From reality show poppet to the king of pop – the rise and rise of Harry Styles

Ahead of the singer’s Dublin concert tomorrow, we look at how Styles defied all the odds and went from reality TV hopeful to the world’s most credible male pop star

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Harry Styles plays the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday

Harry Styles plays the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday

Harry as part of One Direction on X Factor

Harry as part of One Direction on X Factor

Harry Styles

Harry Styles

Harry with Stevie Nicks

Harry with Stevie Nicks

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Harry Styles plays the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday

In February 2011 five young men, each lightly dipped in Brylcreem, stood on stage in Dublin inflicting grievous bodily harm on Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars. This was Ireland’s introduction to One Direction. And their syrupy cover of the Gary Lightbody ballad suggested that their 15 minutes of celebrity was counting down quickly. Playing the X Factor Live tour — they were the warm-up for headliner Matt Cradle — they oozed cheeky charm, the audience screaming along to every note. But there was nothing out-of-this world about a group that didn’t even bother with the standard boyband dance routines. They looked like a boil-in-the-bag Boyzone, minus the amusing choreography.

Eleven years later, the cheekiest of the line-up, Harry Styles, is preparing to make his way back to Dublin. And when he steps on stage at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday) it will not be as a Simon Cowell protege or Snow Patrol karaoke act — but as a pop sensation.


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