A WANNABE singer's bid for fame on TV talent show The X Factor has landed him in hot water with the law.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Michael Rawson, from Mirfield, after he failed to appear in court for the 29th time in a row.
Blackpool magistrates were told on Wednesday that he had been given a sick note by a doctor.
But they were also informed that he had got through to the final stages of the ITV1 programme, which features celebrity judges Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne.
Rawson, 32, a debt collector, was due to appear for sentencing.
He last appeared in court in October, 2002, when he admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of two accidents.
Police chased his red Rover 220 Coupe for four-and-a-half miles at speed through Blackpool on January 29, 2002.
Prosecutor Julie Reilly told the court on Wednesday: "This matter has been going on for two years and it is the 29th hearing of the case.
"I wonder openly that if the bench consisted of Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne whether we would have the presence of Mr Rawson today.
"I also wonder whether the doctor who provided a sick note was aware of Mr Rawson's appearance on The X Factor and how well he was doing on that show."
Trevor Colebourne, defending, said it was correct that Rawson had entered into a contract with the Pop Idol-style programme.
But he went on: "I have a medical opinion which states he is unfit to come to court.
"Clearly his doctor cannot have got it all wrong," added Mr Colebourne.
The court also heard that Rawson - who is said to suffer from depression - had been due to see a consultant psychiatrist at Dewsbury District Hospital on Wednesday, only for the appointment to be put back to November.