X Factor 2011's Johnny Robinson quizzed over benefit fraud

Johnny Robinson

X Factor hopeful Johnny Robinson is being quizzed over claims he's a benefit cheat, having claimed a weekly payout for a bad back for some years now. The 45-year-old, who has showed no problems with his fitness with some big production numbers on the live shows, reportedly claims £94 a week in incapacity benefit.

According to The Sun Johnny claims the benefits for an arthritis-related condition known as spondylitis, an inflammation of the vertebrae causing a stiff spine. However welfare bosses are now keen to speak to the singer after his appearance on the show.

But pals insisted Johnny's pain was real, and he managed to perform on the show only through the use of plenty of painkillers. One friend told the newspaper: "His back is so troubling for him he prefers to sleep on the floor."

It's not the first time an X Factor contestant has been caught cheating the benefits system, with wacky singer Wagner last year also claiming for an injured arm while appearing on the show.

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