D.O. (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Do.
Background information
Birth name Do Kyung-soo
Born (1993-01-12) January 12, 1993 (age 21)
Goyang, Gyeonggi Province South Korea
Years active 2011–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment (South Korea)
Avex Trax (Japan)
Associated acts S.M. Entertainment
S.M. Town
Website EXO's official Korean website
EXO-K's official Korean website
EXO's official Japanese website
Korean name
Revised Romanization Dio
McCune–Reischauer Tio
Birth name
Revised Romanization Do Gyeong Su
McCune–Reischauer To Kyŏng Su

Do Kyung-soo (Korean: 도경수; Hanja: 都暻秀, born (1993-01-12)January 12, 1993 in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea), better known by his stage name D.O. (디오),[1] is a South Korean singer and actor. He is one of the main vocalists of the popular South KoreanChinese boy group EXO, and its sub-group EXO-K as well. He is currently signed to S.M. Entertainment in South Korea and Avex Trax in Japan.

Early life[edit]

D.O. went to Goyang Poongsan Elementary School, Baekshin Middle School, and Baekseok High School. He has an older brother, Do Seung-soo who is 3 years older than him. D.O. has been singing since primary school and was an avid participant in local singing competitions throughout his high school career.


2012-present: EXO[edit]

Main article: Exo (band)

In 2010, he was recommended to audition for S.M. Entertainment after winning at a local singing festival.[2] He subsequently became an S.M. Entertainment trainee during his last two years of high school. He performed Na Yoon-kwon's "Anticipation" and Browneyed Soul's "My Story" at his S.M. audition.[2]

D.O. was formally introduced as the eighth member of EXO on January 30, 2012.[3] His stage name is derived from his family name, Do.[4] He sees Yoo Young-jin, S.M.'s music producer, as his role model.[5]

In July 2013, D.O. featured in f(x)'s new album "Pink Tape" in the song "Goodbye Summer" to be the first member in EXO to have a collaboration with another group.

On May 23, 2014, D.O. sang his own unreleased song "Tell Me What Is Love" at Exo from Exoplanet: The Lost Planet concert in Seoul.

2014-present: Solo activities[edit]

In 2014, D.O. had his feature film debut in the upcoming movie Cart. D.O. will be the first one among his members to show off his acting talents on the big screen as Yeom Jung Ah's high school son Tae Young. This movie is about a mother who works at a large grocery store, and being wrongfully dismissed from her job, she decides to fight for her right and take a stand against the oppressive management. Starring in the movie alongside Yeom Jung Ah and D.O. are Moon Jung Hee, Kim Kang Woo and Kim Young Ae. Filming for the movie began in December and ended in March 2014. In August 2014, "Cart" got the official invitation to 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and will have the international premiere at TIFF in September 2014.

He also debuted as an actor in SBS television drama, It's Okay, That's Love which stars big figures such as Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung. Do Kyung Soo's presence was a complete change from the expected. It was revealed that the identity of the mystery kid was the self of Jo In Sung.

In a recent video of SBS' It's Okay, That's Love', D.O.'s name appeared as Do Kyung Soo. Prior to this SM Entertainment explained, "Although he introduced himself as D.O. for the movie 'Cart', starting today, he will use his actor's name Do Kyung Soo whenever he does acting."


Main article: EXO videography

Television Dramas[edit]

Year Network Title Role Remarks
2012 SBS To the Beautiful You Himself Cameo, appearing on episode 2 with EXO-K.
2014 It's Okay, That's Love Han Kang-woo Supporting Role[6]


Year Title Role
2014 Cart Tae-young


Year Network Title Remarks
2012-2014 HBS Happy Camp Guest: EXO (9 June 2012, 21 July 2012, 6 July 2013, 5 July 2014)
2013 Mnet Beatles' Code 2 Guest, with Suho, Baekhyun, Sehun, Xiumin, Lay, and Brown Eyed Girls.
2013 KBS Global Request Show: A Song For You Episode 1 and 2 (Guest: EXO)
2013 KBS Immortal Song 2 Guest: EXO (31 August 2013, 14 September 2013)
2013 SBS Star Face Off Chuseok Special
2013 Running Man SBS Episode 171 and 172 (Guest: EXO).
2013-2014 MBC Every 1 EXO's Showtime Regular
2014 Mnet XOXO EXO Regular
2014 Mnet EXO 90:2014 Regular
2014 JSBC 最强天团 (The Ultimate Group) Guest: EXO


For D.O.'s discography with EXO, see EXO discography.


As featured artist[edit]

Year Song Album Artist(s) Group affiliation
2012 "Dear My Family" I AM. OST BoA, Kangta, Yunho, Changmin,
Yesung, Taeyeon, Jonghyun, Luna,
Luhan, Chen, Baekhyun
SM Town
2013 "Goodbye Summer" Pink Tape Amber, Luna, Krystal f(x)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "EXO-K's D.O. is DOmestic". The Star url=http://thestar.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/07/2012050701795.html (in Korean). 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b (Korean)"EXO-K 사용설명서② 디오·카이·세훈 편". Oh My News via Oh My Star. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ (Korean)"EXO-K 사용설명서① 수호·백현·찬열 편". Oh My News via Oh My Star. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ (Korean)"Alien EXO-K and their charms". Joy News. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ (Korean)"[화보] EXO-K(엑소케이) 디오, '내 롤모델은 유영진 작곡가'". The Star. May 7, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "EXO's D.O cast in upcoming SBS drama 'It's Okay, That's Love'". Allkpop. March 2, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.