Chico Slimani rates the X Factor finalists
Chico Slimani was a bundle of laughs throughout the second series of X Factor. What's more, he was the first person to write a song especially for the show.
The suitably ironic It's Chico Time was written after his famous catchphrase (Chico: "What time is it?", audience: "It's Chico time!"); it knocked Madonna off the top spot. Yes, you read that right.
If anyone's best-placed to judge the X Factor finalists, it's someone that's been through it. Speaking about the furore over Rylan Clark (saved in the sing-off at the expense of Carolynne Poole), Chico tells MSN: "I think Louis's decision was correct. After all, Rylan got the public vote and unlike the past years with Jedward and Wagner, he can actually sing."
In this gallery, Chico passes an eye over all the performances. Find out what he thought of the class of 2012 as they performed on their first live show and follow him on Twitter at @chicotime1 for more X Factor opinion.