Kazeem Ajobe of the R&B trio Rough Copy has been kicked off of "The X Factor" 2014 U.K. tour because of bad behavior behind the scenes. A source told the Daily Mirror in a report published on March 9, 2014: “There was trouble backstage, a bit of a scrap and a big row. Bosses decided Kazeem was to blame.”
The other members of Rough Copy are Sterling Ramsey and Joseph Thomas, who will finish out the tour as a duo.
Rough Copy came in fourth place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013.
This isn't the first time that Ajobe has caused problems for Rough Copy. Because of his criminal record, he has visa issues, which prevented Rough Copy from going to Las Vegas for "X Factor" judges' houses in 2012. Rough Copy was forced to quit the competition because of these visa problems. Ajobe's visa problems came up again in 2013, when Rough Copy had to go to New York City for "judges' houses." This time, Ramsey and Thomas did that part of the competition as a duo.
"The X Factor" U.K. 2014 tour launched on Feb. 15 at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. According to a Telly Mix report, the set list consists entirely of cover songs of hits that the contestants performed on the show.
As previously reported, the Top 8 contestant acts of 2013 are on "The X Factor" U.K. 2014 tour, which began Feb. 15 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and ends March 29 in Birmingham, England.
The eight acts are:
- Abi Alton
- Sam Bailey
- Hannah Barrett
- Sam Callahan
- Tamera Foster
- Luke Friend
- Nicholas McDonald
- Rough Copy
Bailey, the winner of "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013, has the most solo songs during the concert. (See the set list at the end of this article.) Bailey and Friend (who came in third place) got the loudest audience cheers at the tour's opening concert, according to Telly Mix.
Other reviews for the tour so far have been mixed. (See a sampling of reviews at the end of this article.)
Here are the tour dates:
Feb. 15, 2014: Belfast, Northern Ireland — Odyssey Arena
Feb. 17, 2014: Dublin — O2 Arena
Feb. 22, 2014: Manchester, England — Phones 4U Arena (2:30 p.m.)
Feb. 22, 2014: Manchester, England — Phones 4U Arena (7 p.m.)
Feb. 25, 2014: Newcastle, England — Metro Radio Arena
Feb. 28, 2014: Glasgow, Scotland — The SSE Hydro
March 1, 2014: Glasgow, Scotland — The SSE Hydro
March 2, 2014: Aberdeen, Scotland — AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
March 5, 2014: Sheffield, England — Motorpoint Arena
March 8, 2014: London — Wembley Arena
March 9, 2014: London — Wembley Arena
March 10, 2014: Liverpool, England — Liverpool Echo Arena
March 12, 2014: Leeds, England — First Direct Arena
March 14, 2014: Nottingham, England — Capital FM Arena
March 17, 2014: Brighton, England — Brighton Centre
March 21, 2014: London — O2 Arena
March 24, 2014: Cardiff, Wales — Motorpoint Arena
March 28, 2014: Birmingham, England — LG Arena
March 29, 2014: Birmingham, England — LG Arena
All tour dates are subject to change.
And here is the set list of the concert in Belfast. The set list is expected to remain the same for the entire tour.
Sam Callahan, Luke Friend, Nicholas McDonald — "We Are Young"
Hannah Barrett — "Skyfall"
Rough Copy — "Survivor"
Sam Callahan and Luke Friend — "I Won't Give Up"
Tamera Foster — "Ain't Nobody"
Tamera Foster — "Listen"
Rough Copy — "Hit the Road, Jack"
Abi Alton — "Livin' on a Prayer"
Luke Friend — "What Makes You Beautiful"
Nicholas McDonald — "Greatest Day"
Nicholas McDonald — "Someone Like You"
Rough Copy — "September"
Sam Bailey — "The Power of Love"
Sam Bailey — "How Will I Know"
Sam Bailey — "Clown"
Sam Bailey — "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
Sam Bailey — "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going"
Sam Bailey — "Skyscraper"
Here is a sampling of reviews from the tour so far:
Review of the concert in Belfast on Feb. 15, 2014
"A solo vocal performance by Hannah Barrett brought the tempo down a bit, and Abi Alton offered further contrast with her piano-led rendition of 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody,' by Whitney Houston. But not even the bespectacled crooner, in her Elton John-like outlandish outfit of a flowing, red gown – which she needed two stagehands to help her carry – could steal the show from Luke Friend ... Elsewhere in the first half, boyband Rough Copy gave their interesting spin on Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight,' and the whole ensemble got together on Ellie Goulding's 'Burn.'
"After an interval, during which we were repeatedly invited to enter a text message competition to meet the 'stars' backstage, the second act served up more from each act, complete with duets, Friend on guitar and a six-song mini-set by 2013 winner Sam Bailey. The 37-year-old mother-of-two's vocal prowess made up for her relative lack of glitz and glamour, and it felt like she held the final note of And I'm Telling You, from the 'Dreamgirls' musical, for at least half a minute."
Review of the concert in Manchester on Feb. 22, 2014
"Former prison officer and mum-of-two Sam Bailey, on first appearance, was a most unlikely talent show queen, but after a three stone shape-up, impressive glam-over and showing off that simply stonking voice, she won. She's queen of this live arena show too, although we're made to wait right until the finale for her to prove that ... Dreadlocked rocker Luke Friend is most at home on this arena stage, and almost steals the show with his sway along 'Skinny Love' in the second half. He then steals hearts by selecting one lucky young girl on stage to be serenaded with his version of 'What Makes You Beautiful.'
"Bespectacled Abi Alton, an early casualty of the telly phone vote, manages to make an impression on this stage with a wow red dress flowing behind a grand piano to perform a stripped down take on Whitney's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody.' Rough Copy, in my opinion, suffered from the dreaded wrong song choice at every turn, with very dated covers of Phil Collins, Bobby Brown and even making Destiny's Child sound a bit wooden in the second half. They are likeable lads though, and get some of the biggest screams from the teen-strong crowd ... It's all frothy good fun, although never veers much further than glorified karaoke on a grand stage." (Rating: 3 out of 5 stars)
Review of the concert in London on March 8, 2014
"Bailey’s such a natural, belting out power ballads like The Power of Love as effortlessly and boringly - oh, so boringly – on stage as on TV, she’ll probably sing from the maternity ward. Like Bailey, Rough Copy showed potential from the outset, but sadly the Croydon trio are already imploding, with Kaz of 'visa issues' fame booted off the tour due to a murky "backstage incident". As a duo, they're just not as energetic and fun, plus the audience were too busy whispering about Kaz's whereabouts to concentrate on their renditions of 'In the Air Tonight' and 'September.'
"It’s often 'X Factor' runners-up who find the most post-show success. Unfortunately for second-placed Nicholas McDonald, his fanbase of elderly people and Scots were conspicuous by their absence, so it was third-placed Luke Friend who got the best reception." (Rating: 2 out of 5 stars)