But while Niall went on to make the live shows as part of One Direction, Jordan didn't even make it onto the telly with his audition.
Now however Jordan is enjoying his own overnight success after his performance for the Britain's Got Talent judges aired at the weekend.
The Northern Irish performer sailed through to the next round with his cover of One Direction's Little Things.
Speaking to the Metro, Jordan said: "I auditioned for X Factor the same year as Niall Horan.
"I was standing in the queue with him."
He explained: "It drove me a lot more, seeing how far he went and how far that he got from the boy that I met in the queue, it showed that could be me as well. It didn’t really put me down, it drove me more to do well."
And Jordan told the newspaper that the reaction has been overwhelming.
He said: "I know. It’s been brilliant. I am just refreshing my Twitter all the time and I’m just seeing all these comments and it’s amazing because how quick everything changes in 10 minutes of TV. It was amazing. I now have 22,000 followers on Twitter. I only had 1000 beforehand."
Asked why he had auditioned for BGT over The X Factor again or The Voice, Jordan added: "If you look at Britain’s Got Talent you’ve got loads of variety acts so you kind of stand out more as a singer and a musician.
"If you go on The Voice, which is lots of great singers, you are probably going to one out of six or seven. I didn’t apply for The Voice."