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Who is Chico, how old is the former X Factor star and when did he suffer a stroke?

WHO can forget the cheeky X Factor contestant Chico with his infectious catchphrase and holiday camp style singing act.

Unfortunately, the popular singer is currently in hospital after suffering a stroke at 47. Here’s what we know…

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Chico is a Welsh singer and entertainer

Who is Chico? When was he on X Factor?

Chico – real name Yousseph Slimani – was born April 1971, making him 47.

The Welsh wannabe appeared on the 2005 show and told Simon: “I will thank you when I pick up that Grammy or whatever they are going to give me.”

Then he launched into the worst rendition of Prince’s Kiss ever heard on TV.

Simon collapsed laughing and told him: “Chico, that was just awful.”

But somehow he managed to get through and survive until week eight in the talent show.

After that he launched his famous song, It’s Chico Time which hit the top spot in the UK charts in 2006.

 He shot to fame when he appeared on X Factor in 2005

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He shot to fame when he appeared on X Factor in 2005

What has Chico done since The X Factor?

Since X Factor he has appeared as himself on many well-loved shows.

In 2012 he competed in Dancing On Ice, coming third.

He also starred in Extras alongside Ricky Gervais in 2007.

When did he suffer a stroke?

On September 21, 2018, it was revealed the former X Factor star had been rushed to hospital after suffering a massive stroke at 47.

A representative for the star said in a statement: “We can confirm that Chico has sadly suffered a stroke.

“This has been a great shock to Chico, his wife and their two children, also his close friends and family.

“We thank you in advance for giving Chico and the family some privacy at this time Chico is now undergoing further tests and further statements will be released shortly.”

On September 24, Chico revealed he suffered a stroke because of a blood clot on his brain but the 47-year-old is “resting and recovering well” at Barnett Hospital.

Is Chico married?

Chico is married to Daniyela Rakic.

She is the sister of 2008 and 2009 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles Champion Nenad Zimonjić.

They have a daughter named Lalla-Khira and a son Zacharia.

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