Who is Chimo Bayo, contestant of 'Secret Story'?

Chimo Bayo dares with ‘Secret Story’, his first reality television format, after sweeping the world with his techno music. The best-known DJ in Spain, thanks to his musical successes in the 90s, is also a renowned producer, musician and host of numerous television formats throughout our country.

Joaquín Bayo Gómez, better known to all as Chimo Bayo, He is a native of Valencia and this year he will be 60 years old. It has gained popularity thanks to refrains that we have all heard or hummed on occasion, such as the mythical ‘Exta si, exta no’ or ‘That’s how I like it’.

Chimo started as ‘Dj’ in the 80s where he stood out for the two versions of ‘Ráyate’, the first album with more than 20,000 copies sold at that time. However, the real success came to him in the early 90s with the song ‘This is how I like it’ after internationally selling more than 1 million copies and was number 1 in sales in Spain, Japan and Israel.

His glory was already unstoppable. He was once again the most listened to artist after his popular European and Asian tour, and especially striking was his massive concert in Tokyo before more than 55,000 people. With this background, the Valencian was again number 1 in sales worldwide with his work ‘Chemistry’ and ‘Pumps’.

Its last stage is part of the ‘Destroy Route’, better known as ‘Bakalao Route’, in which he began to mix with the unpopular sound of Valencia between the 80s and 90s in his community. After this, new songs such as ‘Find it’ or ‘Let’s go to outer space’ sounded.

Currently, the musician is in charge of a radio program called ‘La casa de la Tía Enriqueta’, on the local radio station Radio Express Valencia.


One of the characteristics of Chimo, without a doubt, is its quirky costumes. From the beginning and well into his golden age on stage, the DJ was decked out in Motocross protective jackets, sunglasses with lights and a cap with the initials ‘CCCP’ (Russian acronym for the Soviet Union).

However, everything would respond to a romantic nod to his frustrated passion for the world of motorcycling. Bayo was a motocross competition rider during his youth, but a spinal injury shattered his dreams.

Present on television

It has swarmed by a multitude of comedy and entertainment programs through performances and interviews in spaces of Antena 3, La Sexta, Cuatro, TV3, Channel 9, Paramount Comedy, Movistar + or MTV. He was in charge of ‘Esto se mover’, a program of his own at dawn on television, and was an important character in the now-defunct program ‘La hora Chanante’.

David Bronca and Chimo Bayo, in ‘Late Motiv’. (Movistar)

Too was part of the jury in the ‘talent show’ presented by Bertín Osborne in the Valencian autonomous region between 2009 and 2010 and made an electronic version of Nino Bravo’s popular song ‘Un beso y una flor’, which gave the program its name.

Expelled from ‘Eurovision 2010’

In 2010, Eurovision was won by Germany with Lena and her song ‘Satellite’, while Spain was ranked 15 by Daniel Diges and his ‘Algo pequeñito’. However, the prelude to the final of ‘Eurovision’ was covered with controversy. In that edition, among many others, Chimo Bayo and Pop Star Queen, artistic name that Karmele Marchante acquired as a Eurovision candidacy for ‘Save me’. Both were expelled from the contest.

She was disqualified for presenting a song (‘I am a tsunami’) that was not unreleased, since it was played several times on her program, and because it contained trademarks. In the case of Bayo, who was bidding on cante with ‘La fiesta del fuego’, he was also accused of not being unpublished, since his piece had already been presented had been heard during the celebration of the Fallas of Valencia that same year.

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