Rough Copy’s smooth originality makes them Gary Barlow’s top X Factor pick

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Tamera Foster may have the sex appeal and Nicholas McDonald is sure to get the oldies’ vote, but those seeking the complete X Factor package should look no further than off again, on again group Rough Copy.

The guys have already set about creating a brand new kind of musical collective: the badboy band.

Fusing the urban stylings of East 17 with the classy, choreographed grooves of the Jackson Five, the gang first emerged on the scene at last year’s audition where they wowed audiences, judges and viewers alike.

At that stage, however, they were denied entry to the live shows after the pre-existing VISA issues linked to Sterling Ramsey prevented the group from progressing to judges houses in the US.

Keen to ensure they pick the cream of the UK’s new talent, this year producers bent the rules to ensure Rough Copy had a chance, with remaining members Joey Thomas and Kazeem Ajobo sent to LA for the final stage of the audition process.

And after impressing Gary Barlow enough to make his final three, the Take That singer pulled out all the stops to ensure the group received maximum exposure, pulling strings behind the scenes to ensure Ramsey regained his place in the group and ensuring the cameras were on hand for their tear-filled reunion.

Days on from the announcement and the press coverage is certainly playing out in Rough Copy’s favour.

For starters, there are the negative stories coming out about the 5/2 favourite Foster, with a former boyfriend spilling the beans to the Mirror about his “ruthless and ambitious” ex-partner.

It was the kind of story that saw previous favourites like Danyl Johnson, Mischa B and Ella Henderson fall foul of the public vote.

Rough Copy have all the ingredients required to go all the way. Possessing the vocal ability and dance skills reminiscent of one-time runners up JLS, their grass-roots background and emotional back story makes them comparable with last year’s Jahmene Douglas.

With the group priced at 10/1 to win as the live shows begin, stranger things have happened – like Joe McElderry winning for instance.

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