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Simon Cowell denies banning Niall Horan from the X Factor

Simon Cowell has dismissed speculation that Niall Horan has been blacklisted by the X Factor.

The singer found fame on the ITV show in One Direction, but the solo star is not currently scheduled to appear on the programme this winter.

Horan's solo record deal isn't with Sony, who administers Cowell's Syco label, but with rivals Universal.

This led to speculation that the Irishman is banned from performing on the X Factor, but Cowell has denied this.

He wrote on Twitter at the weekend: "Loved the show tonight. A long night.

"Reading some stories. To be clear I would never 'ban' anyone from One Direction appearing on the show."

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Watch Horan perform his debut solo single below:


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