Contestant on the 7th series of The X Factor UK.
Born in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, he was taken to Rio de Janeiro when he was 8 months old and remained there until 1992. He then moved to England and gained dual citizenship. He worked as a PE teacher before competing on the X Factor.
Though he was technically born on February 23rd, his father wanted him to share a birthday, therefore all legal documentation, including his birth certificate, indicates that he was born on February 24th.
He had an older brother who died in 2002. He also has a younger brother and sister. He began dating his girlfriend Lydia, 36 years his junior, in 2012. The couple have two children, a son and daughter.
He competed against Cher Lloyd on The X Factor UK.