The X Factor contestant whose two cousins are serving life sentences for murder in Sheffield says he is “living proof that you don’t need to turn to crime to earn a living”.
Sterling Ramsey, one third of boy band Rough Copy, is the cousin of brothers Denzil and Nigel Ramsey, who were convicted of killing Sheffield teenager Tarek Chaiboub half a decade ago.
But with his band second favourites to win the current series of the singing competition after sailing through the first round, Sterling said he never turned to gangs as he “saw the damage it can cause”.
The gangland killing of Chaiboub happened outside a barbers shop on Spital Street in July 2008 by the Ramsey brothers of the prominent S3 gang.
Sterling also admitted that his crime-riddled family’s father is also behind bars for burglary.
The 3-piece band from Croydon has endured a torrid journey to the X Factor live shows.
In 2012, the group were thrown out of the competition before Judges Houses due to founding member Kazeem Ajobe failing to apply for his visa in time to travel outside Britain.
And this year the band again suffered as Ajobe was once again denied to travel, this time to America with Gary Barlow.
Instead, members Sterling Ramsey and Joseph Thomas managed to convince their Take That judge they were the real deal.
However, Barlow, who revealed in Saturday’s live show that this series could be his last on the show, put the band through after managing to convince the shows chiefs to allow Ajobe to rejoin the band in time for the live shows.
And since then the band are yet to let their mentor down, with Judge Nicole Scherzinger saying of their debut live performance: “Boys, you might be the best band I have ever seen on this show.
“There is something with you I have not seen with anyone else – I am talking international stars as well.”
Source: The Star