X Factor's Rough Copy: "We know we can become successful!"

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The X Factor's Rough Copy have said they will have a successful music career even if they aren't crowned winners of the show.

Kazeem Ajobe, Sterling Ramsey and Joey James had a rare night off from rehearsals yesterday (5 December), as they attended The Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards 2013 With Vauxhall Adam in London, and they had some fun on the pink carpet with fellow X Factor semi-finalist Sam Bailey.

But although the boys may have been out for the evening, their minds were still firmly on making it to the X Factor final next weekend.

Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year award in London - Rough Copy


Sterling, Joey and Kaz looking dapper at the Cosmo awards

Sterling said: "I hope we can win. We've got this far and it's been an amazing experience. We can see [the winner's title], we can touch it, but we just can't put it in our pockets yet. We just want to get to the final.

"We're going to stand out by being ourselves. Put on a new rucksack and a new pair of goggles."

However, Joey insisted that whatever the outcome, the trio intend to make a name for themselves - especially because they refuse to give up on their dreams of success and are well grounded.

"Obviously The X Factor is a massive platform and we're just happy to be on it," he explained. "To get this far, we're winners in our own right and once we come off it, we're going to keep on moving forward.

"They do say that if you don't win, you might actually be more successful, but I think that depends on the act. There have been a lot of acts that have won and gone on to great success. I feel as though if we do win then we will stay true to ourselves and stay grounded.

"We know we can become successful if we work hard. We never give up, we could have given up last year but we didn't."

Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year award in London - Rough Copy


As well as believing in themselves, another person who has shown a great deal of support for Rough Copy is their mentor and X Factor judge, Gary Barlow.

So are the boys feeling pressure to bring home the bacon for the Take That singer?

"A lot of people think that Gary is a really tough mentor, but he's more like a friend," Joey said. "He talks to you, instead of telling you what to do. He's very involved and doesn't force us to do anything we don't want to do.

"He's proud of us for getting this far because it's been a struggle for us to even get back as a threesome, let alone get on The X Factor and get to where we are now. His advice to us every week is, 'Go out there, have fun and make sure you leave the stage proud of what you've done'."

Rough Copy are facing some tough competition in the semi-finals this Saturday (7 December) from remaining hopefuls Luke Friend, Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald. But they feel that their toughest task is winning over the British public.

"We're not winning over Sam Bailey or Nicholas McDonald, we're winning over the public and at the end of the day, it's the public that will be buying our music, our CDs, our clothes or whatever," Sterling said last night. "That is the competition. Thank God we have individual fans. We're not the same type of act, so we have our own fan base already."

'The X Factor' Super Gary-O-Kart, London, Britain - 04 Nov 2013 - Rough Copy's Joey James, Kazeem Ajobe, Sterling Ramsey and Gary Barlow

© Rex Features

Mentor Gary Barlow took the group go-karting last month

And they've noticed that their fan base consists of a lot more females these days too!

"We get a lot of Twitter messages from female fans – literally direct messages!" Sterling continued. "We respond to the ones that aren't that vulgar. It's hard to keep track of our Twitter followers and which celebs are tweeting us, but the tweets we do see we really appreciate."

The R&B trio had a particularly tough time on the show last month when they found themselves in the bottom two alongside 17-year-old songstress Hannah Barrett.

Following their sing off, Rough Copy were saved and Hannah was sent home - something that Joey found especially difficult.

"It was hard for me to say goodbye to Hannah," he admitted. "She became my little sister and I love her, but I talk to her all the time still. It was the hardest thing to have to sing against her in the bottom two, but we just spurred each other on. We told her to give the performance of her life and if she had gone forward instead of us then we would have supported her."

The X Factor - Results
Caption:	 Hannah Barrett is sent home after the judges vote on 'The X Factor - Results', Shown on ITV1 HD

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The boys were in the bottom two last month with Hannah Barrett

Although the festive season may be upon us, Kazeem, Joey and Sterling still have superstardom on their mind and are so dedicated to becoming successful, that they are willing to work on Christmas day!

Sterling said: "From the looks of it we're going to be doing a lot of shows when we finish X Factor, so we might be working hard and gigging it [on Christmas day]. We're not going to come out of this to sit on our a*ses, we're going to work.

"Hopefully we'll see our family, but if it's not actually on Christmas day, we will make our own Christmas Day!"

Joey added: "We've been waiting a long time for this, so if we have to work on Christmas Day then we will. This year it will be nice to have everyone's families together for Christmas and celebrate what we have done and how far we have come."

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