Interview: Rough Copy warn fans they are not safe ahead of semi-final showdown

Croydon Guardian: Rough Copy (pic credit ITV) Rough Copy (pic credit ITV)

Rough Copy are urging fans to pick up the phones this week as they push towards making it through to the X Factor final.

The band are in the semi-final this weekend and have spent the week rehearsing hard for the live show.

Made up of Sterling Ramsey, Joey Thomas, and Kazeem Ajobe, the trio have won plenty of plaudits during the show for their upbeat and energetic performances.

They were the first act to be named in the semi final last weekend and the trio are calling on Croydon to put them in with a chance of winning the competition.

This week’s theme is Beyonce and Elton John and Rough Copy are singing John’s Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word and Beyonce’s Survivor.

Kazeem Ajobe, of Elmers End, who nearly missed out on making the live shows due to visa issues, said it the show had been an incredible journey so far.

He said: “I am pretty shocked really. It was different last weekend as had to do two song instead of one and we had to adapt quite a bit.

“We wanted to show versatility and show that we still have that old school feeling as well.

“This competition is anyone’s really. Anyone could end up in the bottom two so we really need people to vote for us.

“I was so chuffed last week I did a victory dance. We just were not expecting that at all. Everyone was so strong last week so we were really surprised.

“It is going to be an interesting week this week as there is a huge contrast between a Beyonce song and a Elton John song.”

He added: “The journey itself will certainly be a story for the future. It has been incredible really.

“This Saturday all that emotion and passion is going to come through in the performances we do. We just feel really blessed and God has really blessed us this year.”

Mr Ajobe, will have his three year old son in attendance this weekend and said his family have been a great support to him during the show.

He said: “My son watches every week at home on the Saturday and Sunday. He knows about Rough Copy and he knows the chants.

“He is coming along for the first time this weekend. Anything can happen this weekend so I want him to have a taste of what I do.

“It is great to see the family members in the green room after I have performed before I have to go back into the bubble again.

“The support system is strong and as long as I keep my focus and that I am doing this for my family, then it will be ok.”

In one last plea to fans, Mr Ajobe asked for people not to assume they are safe and to make sure they vote.

He said: “We are not safe. The journey could come to an end but there is two more weeks left.

“This is the semi final and we just need people to help us and to vote. Croydon has been fantastic for us so far and I am sure they will be fantastic again.”

 

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