HOMELESS X Factor contestant Robbie Hance has a criminal past – however producers of the talent show insist they were aware of the offences before allowing him to progress in the competition.
Robbie stunned the judges and the audience on Sunday night’s audition show with a version of Damien Rice’s ‘Coconut Skins’.
However it has since been revealed that Hance received a police caution after taking €1,500 worth of items from a friend’s flat.
Mischke Weinreb met Robbie in 2008 and the following year allowed him to move in with her after he fell on hard times.
Mischke was shocked to discover after she returned home one day that Robbie, along with her laptop, cash and other items had vanished.
She told The Sun: “It isn’t on that he is getting so much praise when he has a criminal past. People should know what he has done and be wary”.
In 2009 Hance was fined €500 for causing property damage in a separate incident.
X Factor producers have insisted that Hance had informed them of his criminal past, and that they made the decision to allow him to progress in the competition.
During the bootcamp rounds this weekend viewers will see him storm off after a massive on stage meltdown during his performance.
A show source revealed that Hance had a nap rather than rehearse with the other contestants in his group, then stormed off stage when he forgot his words.
Hance continues to live rough – with producers admitting they were unable to contact him for several days last week.
The X Factor continues this weekend on TV3.