X Factor 2012: Rough Copy removed from competition over visa issues

Rough Copy

X Factor boy group Rough Copy may have been seen getting through to bootcamp on tonight's show, but won't be going any further.

The group from London are formed of Joey James , 25, electrical engineer, Sterling – 24, teaching assistant and Kas- 22, Carpenter.

They had originally made it through to the judges' houses stage, but had to be removed from the competition due to visa issues.

"It's a total disaster," a source told the Daily Mirror last month. "The band's progress into the finals was almost a formality and producers were excited about them. But they found out about the visa situation just as they were organising flights'

"They have no option but to axe them from the competition and replace them with another band which has proved a massive headache."

In a statement released on their official website, the boys revealed: "Unfortunately we have been unable to go further due to one of the group's members still awaiting completion of a visa application currently being processed by the UK Border agency. All the Judges' Houses this season are overseas."

They added: "We are all totally gutted by this as the longer we were in the competition the more we felt we had an opportunity to showcase that "sweet but street" urban flava to the whole world that we do right here in London."

A spokesperson for the show commented: "Rough Copy has been withdrawn from The X Factor as one of the group has a visa application currently being considered by the UK Border Agency."

The X Factor continues next weekend on ITV1.

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