Choi Minho

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Minho performs at SMTown concert in Singapore
Background information
Birth name Choi Minho (최민호)
Born (1991-12-09) December 9, 1991 (age 23)
Incheon, South Korea
Genres K-Pop, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Years active 2008–present
Labels SM Entertainment
EMI Music Japan[1]
Associated acts Shinee
SM Town
SM The Performance
Stage name
Hangul 민호
Revised Romanization Minho
McCune–Reischauer Minho
Birth name
Hangul 최민호
Revised Romanization Choe Minho
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Minho
This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.

Choi Min-ho (Hangul: ; Hanja: ; born December 9, 1991) is a South Korean singer, rapper, actor, presenter, and model. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Shinee.



Main article: Shinee

Minho was discovered at the 2006 S.M. Casting System. In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, the 5-member boy group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo.[2]


Before debuting with Shinee, Minho modeled for Ha Sang Baek's Seoul Collection F/W 08-09 in March 2008, two months before Shinee's debut stage.[3]


Minho appeared in both the Korean and Japanese version of Girls' Generation's music video "Gee" .[4] He was also featured in the music video of VNT's debut song Sound.


Minho debuted as an actor on November 20, 2010 in a KBS2's drama special, entitled "Pianist" with actress Han Ji-hye.[5]

On December 7, 2011, it was announced that Minho would be taking on a comedic acting role in SBS‘s new sitcom, "Salamander Guru and The Shadows", which would air in early 2012. Minho played the role of Min-hyuk, a genius hacker, alongside actors Im Won-hee and Oh Dal-soo. Salamander Guru and The Shadows was SBS’s first sitcom in 5 years and revolved around two robbers who impersonate a guru. The sitcom aired in January 2012.[6]

On April 26, 2012, Minho was confirmed to be the lead role, alongside f(x)'s Sulli and Lee Hyun-woo, for the Korean drama "To The Beautiful You", a Korean version of "Hana Kimi".[7] The drama started broadcasting on August 15, 2012 on SBS.[8] Minho's character is Kang Tae Joon, a high jump gold medalist who gives up high jumping after being injured. In preparation for his role as Tae-joon, Minho received personal training from coach Kim Tae-young, former national high jump athlete and a member of the Korea Association of Athletics Federations, for a month and a half.[9] His personal record at the moment is 175 cm.[10]

On July 29, 2013, it was announced that Minho will be returning to the small screen via MBC's "Medical Top Team" as the handsome youngest member of a medical team. His love line with Oh Yeon Seo will lighten the mood of the love triangle among the drama's main leads Kwon Sang Woo, Jung Ryeo Won, and Joo Ji Hoon.[11]

Lyric Writing[edit]

Minho is known to have written and co-written several of the raps in Shinee's albums. For Shinee's earlier albums he co-wrote with JQ, a "idol rap instructor" who works under SM Entertainment to improve and direct the rapping abilities of their artists. [12]

For Shinee's 1st studio album The SHINee World, he co-wrote the raps to "Replay", "Love Like Oxygen", "Love's Way", "One for Me", "Graze", and "Best Place".[13][14] One year later, he wrote the rap lyrics for their 2nd mini-album Romeo, he also co-wrote "Talk to You", "Juliette", "Hit Me", and "Romeo + Juliette".[15] For their 3rd mini-album 2009, Year of Us, he along with fellow member Key, and lyricist JQ wrote the song "Get Down", which features fellow labelmate Luna of f(x).[16]

In their 2nd studio album Lucifer released in July 2010, he wrote the raps to "Up & Down" (which was co-written by fellow member Jonghyun), "Obsession" (also written by Jonghyun), "Your Name" (written by fellow member Onew), and co-wrote the songs "WOWOWOW" with JQ and "Shout Out" with the fellow members and MISFIT. In the repackaged album Hello, he wrote the rap for the title track "Hello", and co-wrote the raps for "One" and "Get It".[17] [18]

He is also credited for creating additional raps to the songs "Better", "To Your Heart", and "Stranger" in their 1st Japanese studio album, The First released in December 2011. For their 4th mini-album Sherlock released in March 2012, he wrote the raps to the songs "Alarm Clock" and "Honesty".[19]

For their 3rd full album Chapter 1. Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You he wrote the rap lyrics for the tirle song "Dream Girl" as well as "Girls, Girls, Girls" together with his member Key, "Aside", "Beautiful" and "Dynamite".[20][21] For Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me, Minho wrote the raps to the songs "Shine" (Medusa I), "Music Box" (Orgel), "Excuse Me Miss" and "Can't Leave" (Sleepless Night).[22][23]

For the groups fifth EP Evrybody, Minho wrote the rap lyrics for the songs "Destination", "Close the Door" and "Colorful" (together with member Key).[24]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008 he was the 3rd Youth International Video Festival "the aura" Goodwill Ambassador with fellow Shinee member, Key. Minho was appointed as the ambassador of Konkuk University in 2010.

Minho graduated from Konkuk University's affiliated high school on February 10, 2010. After taking the college admissions test the previous year, he was admitted in 2010 to Konkuk’s part-time admittance for the arts and culture film major where he is currently attending.[25] His father, Choi Yun-Gyeom, is a well-known South Korean soccer coach. He has an older brother named Choi Minseok.

In March 2010, Minho was injured while filming for Dream Team Season 2. He had to withdraw from his activities while fellow Shinee member Taemin replaced him on the show during his absence.[26][27] After his recovery, Minho finally came back in August 2010 to continue his activities and promotions of Shinee's second full length studio album, "Lucifer".[28]

On May 23, 2011, he was named Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011.[29] He then received a name plate at the Youth Week celebration held in the COEX auditorium.

Choi Minho was listed among Korean Top Stars, receiving 300 Million Won as his annual advertising rate. [30]

On December 5, 2014, Minho and Yoona were appointed as Unicef Unihero Campaign Ambassadors "Giving hope to the children" [31]


Main article: Shinee discography


Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 Pianist Oh Je-ro KBS Drama special
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Choi Min-hyuk SBS Sitcom
2012 To The Beautiful You Kang Tae-joon SBS Korean ver. of Hana Kimi
2013 Medical Top Team Kim Seong-woo MBC Medical Drama

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2009-2010 Dream Team KBS2 Dream Team member
2011 Music Bank KBS Special host with Sohee and Yubin
2013-2015 Show! Music Core MBC Host
2014 Running Man SBS himself

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2007 Gee Girls' Generation "Employee Of The Month"
2010 Gee (Japanese Ver.) Girls' Generation Customer
Sound VNT DJ

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in a Variety Show[32] Won
2011 Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011[33] N/A N/A Won
Best Male Idol as Model[34] N/A N/A Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award[35] To the Beautiful You Won
Best Couple Award (with Sulli)[36] Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor[37] Medical Top Team Nominated
2014 Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV)[38] Nominated
2014 MBC Entertainment Awards Music Talk Show Popularity Award [39] Show! Music Core Won


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  2. ^ "SHINee's iple profile" (in Korean). Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ (Korean)민호맞아? 파격 변신 샤이니 티저 사진 공개 Nate. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "SHINee's Minho, Girls' Generation's "Gee"". Good Day Sports (in Korean). January 7, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ SHINee Minho to make acting debut through KBS drama. November 9, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010
  6. ^ Hwang, Gun Yong (2012-01-28). "'도룡뇽도사' 민호, 첫 시트콤 도전 합격점..'연기까지 접수'". SEGYE. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "SHINee’s Minho and f(x)’s Sulli confirmed as lead roles for SM Entertainment’s adaptation of ‘Hana Kimi’". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "SM Entertainment’s ‘To the Beautiful You’ drama began airing in August". Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  9. ^ (Korean) '아그대' 민호, 높이뛰기 선수로 완벽 '빙의' :: 네이버 뉴스. (2012-07-18). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  10. ^ 아름다운 그대에게> 민호 "제 높이뛰기 기록은요..." – 오마이스타. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  11. ^ Jeon, Su Mi. "SHINee′s Minho Joins ′Medical Top Team′ as Another Doctor". MWave. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "SM Entertainment rap instructor JQ reveals Minho's personality + interview". Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage". SM Entertainment. August 22, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - Amigo". SM Entertainment. August 22, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage: Romeo (EP)". SM Entertainment. May 25, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage: 2009, Year of Us". SM Entertainment. October 22, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage: Lucifer". SM Entertainment. July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - Hello". SM Entertainment. July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - Sherlock". SM Entertainment. December 22, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You". SM Entertainment. August 25, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - The 3rd Album ‘The misconceptions of us’". SM Entertainment. August 25, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me". SM Entertainment. August 25, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage - The Misconceptions of Us". SM Entertainment. August 25, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Shinee's Official Homepage: Everybody". SM Entertainment. October 10, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ (Korean)샤이니 민호, 건국대 정시 합격 Today Korea. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  26. ^ SHINee’s Minho injured during Dream Team recording. (2010-03-17). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  27. ^ Taemin replaces Minho on Dream Team. (2010-08-08). Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  28. ^ Following injury, SHINee’s Minho returns to the dance floor! | Ningin. Retrieved on 2012-10-14.
  29. ^ (Korean)샤이니 민호, '청소년 홍보대사 위촉' Osen. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  30. ^ 中대륙 뒤흔든 김수현·이민호, CF 10억 '훌쩍' | hankyung. Retrieved on 2014-11-01.
  31. ^ Minho and Yoona appointed as UNICEF ambassadors | ttwigo. Retrieved on 2014-12-05.
  32. ^ (Korean)"2010 SBS Entertainment Awards' Winners" GoKPop. Retrieved January 02, 2011.
  33. ^ "SHINee Minho Named Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011". Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  34. ^ "SHINee Minho won Best Male Idol as Model". Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  35. ^ "SHINee Minho’s Speech for New Star Awards". Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Best Couple Nominees for SBS Drama Awards 2012". Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  37. ^ "MBC연기대상 男신인상 후보, 박서준 오창석 최진혁 등 확정". Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  38. ^ (Korean)Baeksang Award, Most Popular Male Actor ". Retrieved April 28, 2014, 2014.
  39. ^ Winners of The 2014 MBC Entertainment Awards

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