Smooth running for Rough Copy: Croydon boy band believe they can fly all the way to the X Factor final

Rough Copy sang an En Vogue classic to win their place in the next round. Pic: ITV

Croydon’s Rough Copy are through to the X Factor semi final. Pic: ITV

Croydon boy band, Rough Copy, is one step closer to winning the X Factor as they rocketed through to the semi-finals last night with a rendition of R Kelly’s “I Believe I can Fly”.

The group had plenty of local support on Twitter:

@ThatGirlShaay tweeted: “… I voted for them cos they come from Croydon & are repping ends well…”

@so_fe_ah said: “I think I just love how Rough Copy kind of represent Croydon.”

@ReeceDutz: “… Now Rough Copy to win for Croydon.”

Tamera Foster, the last of the girls in “Team Nicole”, was booted off the show on Sunday night after facing Luke Friend in a tense sing-off.

Both acts received the lowest number of votes after singing two songs each on Saturday night’s live Jukebox themed show.

Foster, who has gained a reputation for forgetting her lyrics on the live shows, sang a rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “The Voice Within”, but this was not enough to secure her place in the semi-final.

The judges praised Friend’s sing-off song, a version of “Run” by Snow Patrol.

Naturally, Nicole Scherzinger voted to save Foster, who she mentored throughout, and Louis Walsh voted to save his act, Friend.

Walsh said: “Luke, you absolutely won the sing-off. You were easily the best person on that stage. You should not be in the bottom two and it’s wrong! I’m sending home Tamera.”

Judge Sharon Osbourne said that “there was no competition” and saved Friend, leaving Barlow with the decisive vote.

After Gary Barlow commented that Luke had had one of his strongest weeks, he voted in favour of Foster, sending the vote to deadlock.

Presenter Dermot O’Leary announced Foster had received the fewest number of public votes, thus eliminating the 16-year-old from the competition.

A tearful Foster said: “I just wanted to say thank you so much for this opportunity, I’ve had the most incredible time.”

The remaining acts include: Barlow’s act Rough Copy, Osbourne’s act Sam Bailey and Walsh’s acts Luke Friend and Nicholas MacDonald. Scherzinger is the only judge without an act in the semi-final.

After Sunday night’s show, Rough Copy tweeted: “Thank You We Love You Peeps For Getting Us This Far #SemiFinals.”

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