Croydon based band Rough Copy positive on life after the X Factor
Rough Copy may have missed out on the next stage of the X-Factor but the Croydon based band are full of confidence as they look to make it in the music industry.
The trio had been tipped as potential winners of the TV talent show after wowing audiences and judges in their audition and at boot camp, but had to leave the competition after one of the band’s members had visa complications.
Kazeem Ajobo, 23, who was born in Nigeria but went to school in Selhurst, would not have been allowed back into the UK due to his visa paperwork not being completed in time.
The group, which also includes Joey Thomas, 25, of Croydon, and Sterling Ramsey, 24, of Sheffield, would have been going to Las Vegas to try and win over mentor Louis Walsh if they had got through.
While many would have found it difficult to bounce back from the disappointment of not making it through, Rough Copy are only thinking positively.
They have received plenty of phone calls from agents since their competition exit and are in the process of lining up gigs, the first of which will be at Selhurst Park on October 6, as a part of Crystal Palace’s family day.
Mr Ajobo, who is the lead singer of the group, said the trio are glad to have made such a big impact on the show, with their first round audition video getting more than 400,000 views on YouTube.
He said: "It has been a mental time. Since the first show things have been manic. We have had calls coming in from top management companies enquiring about taking us on and we have already got a gig at Crystal Palace.
"We have had great feedback which is a good look.
"It was disappointing to leave and yes in some ways it was heartbreaking but it was only because of a technicality, we didn’t do anything wrong.
He said: "All three of us want to make an impression on the industry and show that we have a good vibe going on.
"The calls that we have got so far are basically on the back of six minutes of TV, so that is great. We now move on and capitalise on the opportunities which lie in store for us."