Homeless hopeful Robbie Hance walks out of X Factor bootcamp after forgetting his words
00:52 GMT, 23 September 2012
He astounded the judges at his first audition, but homeless X Factor contestant Robbie Hance blew his chance of success during the first day of bootcamp on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old musician, whose performance was a highlight of the audition process, forgot the words to his group song and left the stage half way through.
After surviving the first cut, which saw a third of the 211 constants axed before they had the chance to sing, Robbie joined up with two other hopefuls for his group audition.
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Chance of a lifetime: Robbie doesn't stick around to hear the judges' verdict as he heads home half way through his song
While all of the other contestants headed to the welcome party thrown by ITV bosses ahead of bootcamp, Robbie decided to spend time on his own, clearly not comfortable with socialising.
'I find it a lot more comfortable to be by myself and just chill out you know rather than get in the middle of it all and make a fool out of myself really,' he told the cameras.
Having slept rough in London for the last six years after a tough childhood growing up in care, Robbie admitted that this was a big chance for him to turn his life around.
Awkward: The tension is palpable as Robbie's group members tell the judges that he went AWOL
Disaster: Nicole Scherzinger is shocked as Robbie puts down his microphone and walks out of the audition
The talented singer clearly let his
apprehension get the better of him and failed to joined his group to
rehearse ahead of their performance in front of the judges.
Annoyed by their fellow group member, Jake Quickenden and Adam Burridge, who made it through to the next round, told the judges that Robbie hadn't been present for most of their rehearsals.
While Robbie's amazing voice shined through, he knew hardly any of the words to The Fray's How To Save a Life and decided not to hang around to hear the judges' verdicts.
Time to go: Robbie decides that it's not worth sticking around to get torn apart by the judges
He's off: Robbie leaves the arena after his disastrous performance at bootcamp
Placing his microphone on the ground he left a shocked Jake and Adam to finish the song alone and walked past Dermot to make his way out of the building.
'I forgot my lyrics and there’s no point waiting around for someone to tell you you’re not going to go through,' said a dejected Robbie backstage.
'I know I’m the only one here with nothing to really lose but at the same time I have just lost a whole lot more than everyone else. I suppose self-destruction was the key of today,' he said.
Missed opportunity: Homeless Robbie didn't take the time to learn the words to his song
Priorities: Robbie decided to catch forty winks instead of rehearsing with the rest of his group
Despite his lack of confidence, Robbie's rendition of Damien Rice's Coconut skins became one of the stand-out performances of the competition at his first audition.
The would-be star seemed to have renewed self-belief after receiving four yeses from the judging panel.