Former 'X Factor' star Chico has signed a record deal with Sony BMG and is due to release his first single next month.

The entertainer, who previously worked as a goat-herder and a stripper, will release his debut single 'Chico Time' on 27 February.

Speaking about the record deal, Chico, who was mentored by Sharon Osbourne during the talent show, said: "The whole thing has been unbelievable."

"I'm absolutely loving every minute of it, and looking forward to releasing the single at last," he said.