Chico was born in Bridgend in Wales as Yousseph Slimani. At the age of two, his father took him to Morocco to be raised by his grandparents on the family’s small farm. He said, “We may have not had much money, but we had a lot of love.”
Chico returned to England to live with his father when he was 14. After leaving school he began a youth training scheme as a hairdresser, before working as an electrical engineer, an exotic dancer and a singer compere.
Chico found fame on the British show ‘The X Factor’ and knocked Madonna off the top spot with his infectious smash hit ‘It’s Chico Time’. This was followed up with ‘C.H.I.C.O’ and ‘Curvy Cola Bottle Body’, as well as a national tour. Chico is still just as busy today.
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