There’s reportedly a severe case of déjà vu in The X Factor camp this year as apparently – for the second year running – boy band Rough Copy impressed so much that they’re sailing through the early rounds…
But as happened last year, issues over band member Kazeem Ajobe’s visa and immigration status have caused a headache for bosses ahead of the Judges’ Houses rounds.
Around this time last year, the Mirror reported, “The X Factor was thrown into chaos last night after one of the hot favourites was booted out BEFORE the show even starts…
“Three-piece boyband Rough Copy have already been filmed taking this year’s competition by storm and get through to the Judges’ Houses stage of the show.
“They have now been dramatically axed after it emerged singer Kazeem Ajobe would not be allowed back into Britain if he leaves the country because he doesn’t have a visa.”
However, what differs this year is that rather than have the group drop out of the show altogether, Kazeem’s band mates Sterling Ramsay and Joseph Thomas will continue in the competition without him if their category’s mentor, Gary Barlow, holds his Judges’ Houses round abroad.
Of the drama, Gary told The Sun’s TV Biz, “Kazeem is here in the wings but because of an identity problem he is not able to stay in the competition.”
When the debacle occurred last year, Kazeem – who was born in Nigeria – said, “We are gutted that we have had to leave the competition as we were having such a great time.
“Hopefully, if everything is OK with my visa, we can apply again next year.”
It’s not known exactly what issue Kazeem’s facing with his visa – other than, as Gary said, an “identity problem” – this time around, but we’ll keep you posted when we know more.
But let’s hope this gets sorted out! They’re so talented, it’d be a terrible shame for them to miss out again this year.
For now, here’s a reminder of Rough Copy on the show last year…