Although it was Styles’ soulful, a cappella rendition of Stevie Wonder‘Isn’t She Lovely’, which aired back in 2010, he actually first brought a Train sang to the stage – and now that moment has been unearthed and uploaded to YouTube.
The then 16-year-old Styles sang the group’s 2009 earworm “Hey, Soul Sister” to the judges, but Simon Cowell wanted to hear his voice without being disturbed by the track.
“I don’t know if it’s the track that throws you off, but can I hear anything like you without music?” Cowell asked. Styles then launched into the Wonder classic, which ultimately moved him on to the next round.
The never-before-seen footage from X Factor also includes some banter about Styles’ former weekend baking job — where, he said, wiener fancies and millionaire’s shortbread were the top choices — and how his “mom always” told him he was a good singer.
“I think I could do it, but I think with your help I could be a lot better than I am,” Styles said.
Watch the full audition below.