Remember Chico? He’s Dancing To A Different Tune These Days

by : Francesca Donovan on : 19 Sep 2016 03:26

If you thought Chico time was over, you’d be wrong.

Kind of.


Remember the energetic chap from The X Factor eleven whole years ago – when life was simpler, the programme was still fresh and the formats didn’t make a nation want to stick pins in their eyes?

Chico put his X Factor success and his ensuing number one hit Chico Time down to his PMA: positive mental attitude, obviously.

After a misguided album release, an appearance on Dancing On Ice (replacing injured Chesney Hawkes), a charity football song, a stint as Aladdin in Bradford panto, and a catchphrase that has enjoyed shocking longevity, it looks as though Chico has hung up his clock… Flava Flav will be pleased.


The 44-year-old is now running Block Fit exercise masterclasses up and down the country.

A photo posted by Block Fit® (@block_fit) on


Block Fit follows ‘a mind, body and soul approach performed to easy-to-follow block choreography’, all to Chico’s own music naturally. The website happily invites you to join their #fitfam.

Apparently Chico has just bounced from one weird cult to another, like an excitable but slightly irritating puppy.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Film and TV, Fitness


The Sun
  1. The Sun

    TIME'S UP Remember The X Factor legend Chico? Here’s what he’s up to 11 years on