X Factor producers scour London as talented homeless singer goes missing
11:16 GMT, 16 September 2012
While most X Factor contestants strive for a coveted spot at Judges Houses, one talented performer is about to lose his opportunity after going missing.
Homeless acoustic singer, Robbie Hance, who blows judges away on tonight’s (Sunday) show has gone AWOL and producers are desperately trying to hunt him down.
According to The Sunday Mirror, the 26-year-old, who has been sleeping rough on the streets on central London for the last six years, has suddenly become incommunicado, sparking concerns over his whereabouts.
Disappeared: talented performer Robbie Hance has gone missing from the ITV show
‘He’s a fantastic artist and blew everyone away at auditions,’ a show insider told the paper.
‘He doesn’t have a phone and the only point of contact was through a friend. Producers last spoke to him on Monday but they can no longer reach his friend and have no idea where he is. It’s a real worry.’
‘If he doesn’t get in touch by the end of next week, then he’d have to kiss goodbye to any part in the show, which would be a tragedy.’
Searching for talent: Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos are worried for the safely of the young singer, who's been missing for nearly a week
Blown away: Tulisa gives Robbie a standing ovation following his rendition of Damien Rice's coconut Skins
Sporting a beard and wearing a beany hat pulled down over his long hair, Robbie certainly didn’t fit into the typical popstar mould, but by the end of his rendition of Damien Rice’s Coconut Skins, the judges were on their feet.
After his emotional performance, the scruffy singer had the judges eating out of the palm of his hand, although they seemed worried about his state of mind.
Tulisa said: ‘You look like someone that has been lost for a while and I think you need to realise the potential you have and how good you are.'
Concerned: Gary gives Robbie some advice following his knock-out performance on tonight's show
Gary Barlow was also blown away by the performance, but seemed concerned about Robbie.
He said: ‘You have got lots of talent and absolutely zero confidence and that is the only thing to work on in my opinion.'
Robbie has had a tough start in life, after being taken into care as a young teenager and consequently being unable to find work, he has been forced to sleep on the streets.