When he was 14 years old, his father, living in Crawley, West Sussex, called him back to live in the UK, where he attended Hazelwick School.After leaving school, he began a youth training scheme as a hairdresser, before working as an electrician. Aspiring to make a name for himself in arts and entertainment, Slimani took part in an exotic dance troupe called "Extreme Force" and later became a singer/compere with Lapattack. From a young age, he continued writing and recording songs in the hope of breaking into the music business. He also amended the actual lyrics to "D dynamic // I incredible // S supersonic // C Chicolicious (alluding to his own name) // O oh, oh, oh".In 2004, Slimani also tried his hand at acting and co-wrote, starred, produced and provided the soundtrack for the BAFTA nominated short film Winner Takes All alongside actor JC Mac. Many well-known celebrities appeared in the official video including X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne and her husband Ozzy Osbourne.
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Slimani was at first mocked in the press, but after changing the style of his performances, to become slightly more self-mocking, he began to win voters over. Since his X factor appearance, Chico has made many public appearances all over the UK.
He also became notable for being the first contestant in a Simon Cowell show (Pop Idol, American Idol, The X Factor) to sing an original song (co-written with X Factor vocal coach Mark Hudson), the camp and iconic "It's Chico Time", named after his catchphrase (Chico: "What time is it? ") Cowell was won over during the series, commenting that Chico was a 'born entertainer', even if he wasn't the recording artist the show was looking to discover. He went on tour at Butlins, performing full 45-minute sets along with a live band and dancers as part of The Chico Experience. His debut album titled Lights, Camera, Action was released beginning of 2009.
Three weeks from the final, Chico was voted out of the competition, which was won by Shayne Ward in December 2005. He also appeared in 2006 and on later occasions under his original name Yousseph Slimani in Muslim events singing Islamic songs including "Moulana", a song he composed, dedicated to Prophet Muhammad and the Awliya' (the Men of God). In 2010, Slimani recorded a single in support of the English Football Team to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The performances by Slimani during X Factor included: Slimani had originally planned to release "It's Chico Time" as a single before Christmas 2005, but for contractual reasons he had to wait. Aptly entitled "It's England Time", a play on "It's Chico Time", it uses the same tune of his previous #1 hit with amended lyrics.
Chico was stated as saying "I'm absolutely loving every minute of it, and looking forward to releasing the single at last". O.", entered the chart at number 24 in August 2006 in the British Singles Chart. Slimani is involved with a production company called Unity Films, and his daughter appeared in one of their short films, Left Holding Baby, for which Slimani composed the music.
The single was eventually released in February 2006; it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 5 March 2006, toppling Madonna from the top spot. In early 2006, Slimani took part in the nationwide X Factor tour. Slimani's single was an alternative version of the Ottawan hit with considerable changes in lyrics where Slimani sings: "C. He also stars in the BAFTA-nominated 2004 short film Winner Takes All, along with his brother actor JC Mac .
Slimani's follow-up single to #1 hit "It's Chico Time" was a cover of the song "D. In 2005, he played a male stripper in Roberto Gomez Martin's Hell to Pay, a London underworld gangster film.
In 2009, Slimani also appeared in 45, a psychological thrilling boxing movie also alongside JC Mac.
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