Kwon Yuri

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Kwon Yuri
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Background information
Birth name 권유리
Born (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989 (age 24)
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea[1]
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, violin, piano,[2] guitar
Years active 2006 – present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation
SM Town

SM Town (Girls' Generation)

Yuri signature.jpg
Signature of Yuri
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gwon Yu-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn Yuri

Kwon Yuri (born December 5, 1989) is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation.


Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She auditioned at the S.M. Entertainment Casting System and joined the company in 2001 after finishing in second place in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then underwent training for 5 years and 11 months before her debut. She graduated from Neunggok High School in 2008 and is currently attending Chung-Ang University along with fellow group member Sooyoung.[3] She and Sooyoung were appointed as the university's new ambassadors on May 20, 2014.[4]

Music Career[edit]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

Kwon Yuri is a member of South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation. She joined the S.M. Entertainment Casting System when she competed in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest where she finished in 2nd place.


She and Sooyoung sang the OST for the drama Working Mom entitled "Must!".[5]

She also sang the theme song for Caribbean Bay with fellow members Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny, Jessica, Tiffany, Yoona and K-pop boy group 2PM.

In September 2012, her voice is featured on TVXQ 6th album Catch Me track song "Like A Soap".[6]

In October 2013, she sang the OST "Bling Star" and "Twinkle Twinkle" for the movie No Breathing.[7]


She made her debut as a lyricist with the song "Mistake", from Girls' Generation's third Korean mini album, "Hoot (EP)".[8] Along with fellow members Sooyoung and Seohyun, she wrote the song "Baby Maybe" and along with fellow member Seohyun, wrote the song "XYZ" from Girls' Generation's fourth album "I Got a Boy".[9]

Solo activities[edit]

Yuri at a LG event in 2011


Yuri played a role in the KBS2 sitcom Unstoppable Marriage alongside Sooyoung.[10]

In 2012, Yuri played the female lead role Choi Anna in SBS's television drama Fashion King.[11][12] This 20-episode drama was aired on SBS from March 19, 2012 to May 22, 2012. On December 31, 2012, Yuri received the "New Star Award" at the 2012 SBS Drama Awards[13] and on May 9, 2013, she won the "Most Popular Actress (TV series)" award at the 49th PaekSang Arts Awards for her role.[14]

Yuri has been cast as the lead female role in South Korea's first swimming-themed film, No Breathing, which will portray the friendship and love of youth. Yuri is planning on showing an enthusiastic performance in the role of Jung-eun, a girl who dreams of becoming a musician. It’s a character who has a variety of charms, from an easygoing personality to an innocent appearance, along with emotion-filled singing skills. There will be a love triangle between her and childhood friends, who will be played by Lee Jong-suk and Seo In-guk.[15] She won the "Most Popular Actress (Film)" award at the 50th Paeksang Arts Awards on May 27, 2014.[16]

Show hosting[edit]

Yuri co-hosted the Korean music program Show! Music Core of MBC with fellow Girls' Generation member Tiffany, leaving after a farewell on July 31, 2010 to focus on their Japan debut.[17]

On September 5, 2009, she was an MC for the 2009 Incheon Korean Music Wave with Tiffany & announcer Oh Sang-jin.[18]

On August 29, 2010, she was an MC for the 2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave with Tiffany & announcer Oh Sang-jin.[19]

On December 25, 2010, she was also a host MC for Christmas Show! Music Core with group mate Tiffany. Yuri was an MC for the 2010 MBC Gayo Daejeon Show which was held on December 31 at the MBC Dream Center with Tiffany & actor Ryu Shi-won.[20] She also hosted the 20th Seoul Music Awards which was held on January 20, 2011 with Shin Dong-yup and Tak Jae-hoon.[21] She was also the MC for the 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert which was held on March 12, 2011 together with Tiffany & Nichkhun.[22]

On August 13, 2011, she was an MC for 2011 Incheon Korean Music Wave together with Tiffany[23] and also for K-Pop All Star Live in Niigata which was held on August 20, 2011 together with Tiffany & Sooyoung.[24] On October 11, 2011, Yuri and Tiffany returned to "Show! Music Core" as permanent MCs after a 1 year and 3 months absence, leaving on January 29, 2012 to focus on her drama debut Fashion King. On November 12, 2011 she was a MC for K-POP Music Festival in Sydney together with Tiffany.

On September 1, 2013, Yuri and Tiffany returned as MCs for the 2013 Incheon Korean Music Wave, which makes it their 4th year as MCs for the event.[25]

In 2014, Yuri co-hosted the 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards with Oh Sang-jin on February 12[26] and on March 8, she was a special MC for Show! Music Core's 400th episode along with Tiffany.[27]

Television series[edit]

She had a small role in a television segment, The King's Boyfriend, which was part of the 2005–2006 KMTV Super Junior documentary, Super Junior Show.

In 2008, Yuri became a part of the second season of KBS2's celebrity dating reality show, Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single, which her fellow member, Tiffany, was a part of during its first season. The show's second season premiered on November 2.[28]

At the end of 2009, she cast for KBS2 reality show Invincible Youth with her fellow member, Sunny.[29] Because of Girls' Generation's international promotions, Yuri left the show along with Sunny and Hyuna of 4Minute on June 2010.[30]

On June 17, 2013, it was revealed that Yuri together with Hyoyeon and others will appear on Dancing 9, Mnet’s newest global dance survival show. The two Girls' Generation members coached the show’s contestants as "K-pop dance masters" alongside other notable stars.[31][32]



Year Title Song Duration Artist
2008 SBS Working Mom KKok 03:24 Duet with Sooyoung
2010 N/A "Cabi Song" 03:19 With Jessica, Yoona, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Chansung, Junsu, Taecyeon
2012 TVXQ's Album "Catch Me" Like a Soap 03:29 TVXQ
2013 No Breathing "Bling Star" 04:02 Solo
"Twinkle Twinkle" 03:22
SBS Gayo Daejun: Friendship Project "You Are A Miracle" 06:11 with Various Artists



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Ballerina Cameo
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[33]
2013 No Breathing Jung Eun Lead role

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007–2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Yuri Supporting role
2012 Fashion King SBS Choi Anna Lead role

Reality television[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2007-2010 Star Golden Bell KBS Episode 164, 168, 177, 180, 200, 224, 227, 245, 279
2008 Kko Kko Tour Season 2 KBS2
2009 We Got Married (Season 1) MBC Episode 42, 45, 49, 51, 52
2009-2013 Strong Heart SBS Episode 6, 29, 30, 53, 54, 165, 166
2009–2010 Invincible Youth Season 1 KBS2 Series regular with Sunny (Episode 1–32, 42)
2010 We Got Married (Season 2) MBC Episode 69 (On stage)
2010–2011 Running Man SBS Episode 16, 63, 64
2013 Shinhwa Broadcast JTBC Episodes 47 and 48[34]
Happy Together KBS Episode 282[35]
Dancing 9 Mnet All episodes
A coach with Hyoyeon
2014 Radio Star MBC Episode 368[36]

Television shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2009–2010 Show! Music Core MBC Co-hosted with Tiffany
2011–2012 Show! Music Core Co-hosted with Tiffany
2013 M! Countdown Mnet Guest host with Hyoyeon (January 3)

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2006 "Beautiful Life" TVXQ Herself
2009 "Dropping the Tears" K.Will Herself
"Jjalajajja" Joo Hyun-Mi and Seohyun (feat. Davichi) Herself
2010 "Cabi Song" Girls' Generation and 2PM Herself
2013 "Bling Star" Yuri Herself
2014 "Without You" S Herself

Hosted events[edit]

Year Date Event Co-host
2009 September 5 2009 Incheon Korean Music Wave Tiffany and Oh Sang-jin
2010 August 29 2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave Tiffany and Oh Sang-jin
December 25 Christmas Show! Music Core Tiffany
December 31 2010 MBC Gayo Daejeon Show Tiffany and Ryu Shi-won
2011 January 20 20th Seoul Music Awards Shin Dong-yup and Tak Jae-hoon
March 12 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert Tiffany and Nichkhun
August 13 2011 Incheon Korean Music Wave Tiffany and Oh Sang-jin
August 20 K-Pop All Star Live in Niigata Tiffany and Sooyoung
November 12 K-Pop Music Festival in Sydney Tiffany
2013 August 28 National Auxiliary Police Unison Festival Lee Je-hoon[37]
September 1 2013 Incheon Korean Music Wave Tiffany
2014 February 12 3rd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards Oh Sang-jin
October 25 Korean Music Wave in Beijing Tiffany

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Female MC Invincible Youth Nominated
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Campus Girl[38] Herself Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards MC Special Award (with Tiffany)[39] Show! Music Core Won
3rd Philippine K-Pop Awards Hottest Female Artist[40] Herself Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Fashion King Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) No Breathing Won


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  2. ^ SNSD Christmas Fairy Tale - SNSD - Yuri & Seohyun - Winter Wonderland
  3. ^ "빅뱅 승리-소녀시대 유리, 새내기로 중앙대 입학식 참석 활짝 웃음". Newsem. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
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  19. ^ "2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave Red Carpet". Allkpop. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
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  24. ^ Yuri, Tiffany & Sooyoung to MC 'Kpop All Star Live in Niigata’
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  29. ^ "‘Invincible Youth’, First episode jumps to 1st place in it’s time slot, Amazing ‘Girl Power’". Soshified. October 24, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  30. ^ (Korean) '하차설 끝내 사실로..' 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
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  32. ^ "Hyoyeon and Yuri to Appear on Mnet’s ‘Dancing 9′". Soshified. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  33. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  34. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 February 2013). "SNSD Members Say They Fought to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  35. ^ "Update: Girls’ Generation to Record for and Appear in Upcoming Radio and Television Shows". Soshified. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  36. ^ "Yuri reveals how she matches up with certain members + why YoonA didn't appear on 'Radio Star'". Allkpop. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  37. ^ "Yuri Hosts ‘National Auxiliary Police Unison Festival’". Soshified. September 1, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  38. ^ "Mnet releases nominees for "Mnet Summer Break 20's Choice Awards"". Koreaboo. June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  39. ^ "Tiffany and Yuri Receive Special MC Award at MBC Entertainment Awards". Soshified. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  40. ^ "Thousands gather for the 3rd Philippine K-Pop convention". Yahoo! Celebrity. January 2, 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 

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