Of course the X Factor is back for another series and already we’ve gotten our first slice of scandal involving an act, a judge and a visa. Sound familiar?
Three-piece boy band Rough Copy were hot favourites throughout the competition but their success came to a grand holt last night when they were booted off the show at the judges’ houses stage.
Their shocking exit came after it was revealed that Nigerian born member Kazeem Ajobe wouldn’t be allowed back into Britain if he left to audition abroad because his application for leave to remain in the UK hadn’t been fully processed.
Kazeem and fellow band mates Sterling Ramsay Joseph Thomas spoke to The Mirror after getting the chop, describing themselves as ‘gutted’, they 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.
Déjà vu anyone? In 2010 the nation’s sweetheart Cheryl Cole turned into the nation’s villain when she chose not to take Zimbabwean born singer Gamu Nhengu through to the live shows because the then 18-year-old hadn’t renewed her visa allowing her to stay in the UK.
Last night an X Factor spokesman said:
Rough Copy has been withdrawn from The X Factor as one of the group has a visa application currently being considered by the UK Border Agency… So if he travelled abroad for the Judges’ Houses part of the competition during this process, he would be unable to re-enter the country.
The X Factor starts tonight at 8pm on ITV1.