Cho Kyuhyun

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Cho Kyuhyun
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Kyuhyun during Super Show 5 in Manila
Background information
Birth name Cho Kyu-hyun
Born (1988-02-03) February 3, 1988 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals, clarinet, piano, harmonica
Years active 2006–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts Super Junior
Super Junior-K.R.Y.
Super Junior-M
SM The Ballad
SM Town
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jo Gyu-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Cho Kyuhyŏn

Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988)[1] is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior, its sub-groups, Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y., and a former member of the South Korean ballad group S.M. The Ballad. He is one of the first four Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.[2]


Kyuhyun was born in Nowon, a district in Seoul. Kyuhyun has an older sister named Cho Ara. Kyuhyun's father is in the education business and owns a school. Kyuhyun's mother also runs an art academy and a guesthouse called 'MOM House' located at Myeongdong. Kyuhyun was initially urged to study law and would have been a lawyer if he had not become a singer. His original plans were abandoned once Kyuhyun joined a band in high school, where he became more interested in music and singing. His father was against his dream of singing but allowed him to do so if he did well on his college entrance exams and was accepted into a university. Kyuhyun enrolled in Kyunghee University with a major in Post-Modern Music. He received his bachelor's degree in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the university's master's program. Kyuhyun won third place at the Chin Chin Singing Competition in 2005.

2006: Debut with Super Junior[edit]

See also: Super Junior

Kyuhyun officially debuted in May 2006 as part of Super Junior, formerly "Super Junior 05", the first generation of 12-member rotational boy band, who had debut in November 2005 with single, "TWINS (Knock Out)".[3][4] In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following his addition to the group, they dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.[5]

Kyuhyun made his first appearance as a part-time model of Super Junior in a news broadcast on 23 May 2006 where the group introduced their new single, U. His debut performance was on 27 May at SBS's I-Concert with "U", where it was also the group's first comeback performance as a permanent group. The CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.[6]

2007-2009: Sub-groups[edit]

In November 2006, Kyuhyun, along with Yesung and Ryeowook, was placed in Super Junior's first subgroup, Super Junior-K.R.Y.. The trio specialize in ballads and debuted on 5 November on KBS's Music Bank.[7] Kyuhyun made contributions to the soundtrack of the tvN drama Hyena, released in November 2006, with a solo track titled "Smile". Along with fellow member Ryeowook, Kyuhyun was featured in song "Wish" (소원), in labelmate TVXQ's repackaged edition of Mirotic in 2008.

In April 2008, Kyuhyun was put into seven-member sub-group Super Junior-M, a Mandopop subgroup of Super Junior for the Chinese music industry. They debuted in China at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards, simultaneously with the release of their first music video, "U" on 8 April 2008. This was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, Me in selected provinces in China on 23 April and 2 May in Taiwan.[8] Kyuhyun also collaborated with The Grace in early 2008 to perform "Just For One Day" (하루만) for The Grace's first album Hanbeon Deo, OK?.

In July 2009, Kyuhyun sang his first solo track. He was featured on Yoo Youngsuk's 20th anniversary tribute album, with a remake of Yoo's song "7 Years of Love" (7년간의 사랑). He first performed it on 12 July 2009 on television programme Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketch Book. The song was released as a digital single, and on Yoo's album on 30 June, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. He and bandmate Donghae performed "Happy Bubble", a commercial theme song for facial wash product "Happy Bath" with actress Han Ji-min, with a music video released on 19 August 2009.

2010: S.M. The Ballad and OST[edit]

On 6 January 2010, Kyuhyun's solo track "Listen To You", for Korean drama Pasta was released. It peaked at number one on music portals real time charts. On 5 August, his third solo song "Hope, a dream that never sleeps" (희망은 잠들지 않는 꿈) for television drama Baker King, Kim Tak Goo was released.

Kyuhun from August 2010 and October 2011 participated in sub-group K.R.Y's first concert tour, in Japan, Nanjing, Taipei as well as Seoul.[9]

In November 2010, Kyuhyun along with label mates TRAX’s Jay, SHINee’s Jonghyun, and new singer Jino formed project group SM The Ballad. It is described as their label's vocal unit group.[10] They released their debut album, Miss You on 29 November 2010 and debuted on music programme Inkigayo on 28 November. Their debut album includes a solo track, "Love Again" by Kyuhyun.

In 2014 he along with TRAX's Jay and Jinho left the group S.M. The Ballad and the group made their comeback with 7 new members, Jonghyun being the only original member remaining in the group.

2011: Musical theatre and television debut[edit]

Kyuhyun at LG Optimus Super Junior Fan meeting at Chateau de Chine in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in November 2011

From the 15 December 2010 to mid-January 2011, he rotated as D'Artagnan with TRAX's Jay "Typhoon" Kim in the The Three Musketeers. Where they co-starred with Yoo Jun Sang, Im Ki Jun, Kim Mu Yul and Dana Hong at Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul.[11] He was placed first in an on-line poll for the Musical Rising Star Award at the 2010 Golden Ticket Awards, for his performance in the role of D'Artagnan.[12]

In 2011, Kyuhyun contributed to group mate, Siwon's drama Poseidon with track "The Way to Break Up". It was composed by Yoon Jong Shin and included in his monthly project. Then Kyuhun sang "Late Autumn" for Yoon's November monthly project. Kyuhyun also appeared on KBS's Immortal Songs 2 replacing band mate Yesung, winning two rounds.

Kyuhyun was one of four regular MC on Super Junior's Foresight and in September he replaced fellow member Heechul as regular MC on MBC's Radio Star.[13] He also appeared on We Got Married as part of Fighting Junior supporting fellow member Leeteuk and on-screen wife actress Kang So-ra.

2012: Comeback with Super Junior[edit]

On 28 January 2012, Kyuhyun was cast as Frank Abagnale Jr., rotating with Um Ki Joon, Kim Jeong-hoon, Park Kwang-hyun and Key of Shinee in the Korean production of Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can. The musical ran from 28 March to 10 June at the Blue Square, Samsung Card Hall, in Hannam-dong, Seoul.[14]

In June 2012, Kyuhyun reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single for released on 4 July. On 26 June Kyuhyun's teaser photo was released showing him in side profile looking upwards with pale white face.[15]

In November 2012, Super Junior K.R.Y. held a concert tour in Japan, Super Junior K.R.Y. Special Winter Concert.They announced that they would be releasing their first single after 6 years of debuting. Promise You is the name of their song, which had its teaser release last November 21, 2012, and was released on 23 January 2013. It debuted at number 2 on Japan's Oricon Charts and peaked at number 1.

2013-present: Comeback with Super Junior-M and Super Junior-K.R.Y., solo debut, musicals[edit]

On 7 January 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down, along with the music video for the lead single of the same name. A press conference took place in Beijing on January 7, and they will promote the album in China.[16] Super Junior M has held fanmeeting tour in Chengdu, Nanjing, Bangkok, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing.

On 23 January 2013, Super Junior-K.R.Y. released their second album, Promise You and debuted at number two on the Oricon’s daily singles chart.[17]

From December 2012 to February 2013, he was cast as Frank Abagnale Jr. for the re-run of musical Catch Me If You Can. From March 2013 to April 2013, he was cast as D'Artagnan for the re-run of musical The three musketeers.

On 11 May 2013, it had been announced that Kyuhyun will replace labelmate SHINee‘s Minho as the new MC of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Mamma Mia‘.[18] The first broadcast with him as the main MC was on 19 May 2013.

In August 2013, Kyuhyun graduated from Kyunghee University's postmodern music department with a bachelor's degree. News sources reported the graduations of Kyuhyun and classmate Kim Yeonji as unusual examples of entertainment stars taking their academic work seriously, about which Kyuhyun remarked, "I worked hard to get into university, so I was very attached."[19]

From 18 January to 23 February 2014, Kyuhyun starred in the musical adaptation of MBC's Moon Embracing the Sun, alongside Girls' Generation's Seohyun. The musical was performed at the Seoul Arts Center.[20]

In May 2014, it was officially announced that Kyuhyun was to star in the musical Singin' In The Rain as Don Lockwood, with Girls' Generation's Sunny cast as the female lead. The musical is being produced by SM C&C, a subsidiary of S.M. Entertainment, and will run from 5 June to 22 June 2014 at Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul.[21][22]

On August 2014, Kyuhyun has been cast in his third musical, The Days. In 'The Days', he played the second lead character Mooyeong, a witty and free-spirited security guard for Blue House as well as friend of Jeong Hak. It was said that along with Kyuhyun, actors Kim Seung Dae, Oh Jeong Hyuk, and Ji Chang Wook will be playing Mooyeong. Its run will be from October 21, 2014 up to January 2015.[23]

It was officially announced on November 6, 2014 that Kyuhyun is the next SM Entertainment male solo artist, dropping the first set of concept images at the same time, followed by another set of concept photos released on November 7. On 13 November 2014, Kyuhyun released his first solo EP titled, At Gwanghwamun.[24] Kyuhyun made his first music show appearance on KBS2's Music Bank on November 14.[25] Just two hours upon its online release, the solo album's title track "At Gwanghwamun" started to top several major music sites and in 12 hours Kyuhyun achieved an all-kill by placing his song "At Gwanghwamun" at the top of all nine digital Korean charts. Not only was his title song which hit the charts, but all of his tracks made their way to top 10 in most music sites.[26][27]

In December 2014, it was announced that Kyuhyun will be starring as Prince Phillip for the musical Robin Hood. He will take turn to play the said role with BEAST's Yang Yoseob and actor Park Sunghwan. The musical will open in January 2015 at the D-Cube Arts Center in Seoul.[28][29]

April 2007 car accident[edit]

On the early morning of April 19, 2007, Kyuhyun with Super Junior members Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, and two managers were all hospitalized due to a serious car accident when a front tire burst and the car hit a guard rail while returning from the Super Junior Kiss the Radio show.[30] Kyuhyun, who was sitting behind the driver's seat when the accident occurred, was the most injured and had a fractured hip, pneumothorax from broken ribs, and facial scratches and bruises.[31][32]

The doctor told Kyuhyun's parents that to repair his pierced lungs he would have to make a hole in Kyuhyun's neck thus ending his career as a singer; Kyuhyun's father was the first to immediately reject the operation stating that Kyuhyun would rather die than not be able to sing, and pleaded that the doctor find another way to repair his son's lungs.[33] He was in a coma for four days and was told by doctors that he, "had about a 20 percent chance to live."[34] Kyuhyun spent 6 days in the ICU before he was moved to a regular hospital room.[35] Kyuhyun no longer needed the respiratory machine to support his breathing, though it was said that he was only able to walk on his own one month after the accident.[33] Kyuhyun was discharged on July 5, 2007 after 78 days.

Commercial endorsements[edit]

Together with Super Junior/Super Junior-M as a whole group, Kyuhyun has endorsed for various brands such as Pepsi, Yamaha(New Fino), 12Plus, SPAO, Kyochon Chicken, LG phone, Lotte Duty Free, Bonrich. In 2013, Kyuhyun and other SM artists Yoona, Choi Minho, Sulli, Seohyun, Siwon become the main models for SK Telecom. He endorsed Masita Seaweed for 4 years from 2011-2014.


As a featured artist[edit]

Year Album Song Duration Artist
2013 Trap "Trap" 03:45 With Henry and Taemin
2015 New Direction "She is Coming" - With Lee MoonSe

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Album Track Artist
2006 Hyena OST "Smile" Kyuhyun
"The night Chicago died" Super Junior-K.R.Y.
2007 H.I.T OST "H.I.T" Super Junior-K.R.Y., Kangin, Sungmin, Donghae
Hanbeon Deo, OK? Just For One Day Kyuhyun, The Grace
2009 Yoo Youngsuk's 20th anniversary album "7 Years of love" Kyuhyun
Partner OST " Dreaming Hero" Super Junior-K.R.Y.
2010 Pasta OST "Listen... To You" Kyuhyun
Baker King, Kim Tak Goo OST (Part 5) "Hope Is A Dream That Doesn't Sleep" Kyuhyun
S.M. The Ballad Vol. 1 – 너무 그리워 (Miss You) Miss You Kyuhyun, Jay Kim, Jonghyun, Jino
Hot Times Kyuhyun, Jay Kim, Jonghyun, Jino
Love Again Kyuhyun
HARU OST "Angel" Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Ryeowook
The President OST (Part 1) "Biting My Lips" Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Sungmin
2011 Poseidon OST (Part 2) "The Way to Break Up" Kyuhyun
Superstar K theme song " FLY" Super Junior-K.R.Y.
The Monthly Melody(Yoon Jong-shin) "Late Autumn" Kyuhyun
2012 God of War OST (Part 1) "Edge of Rain(Inoo인우)" Kyuhyun
Yoon Il Sang 21st Anniversary 'I'm 21' "Reminiscence" Super Junior-K.R.Y. [36]
To the Beautiful You OST (Part 3) "Beautiful You" Kyuhyun, Tiffany
"SKY" Super Junior-K.R.Y.[37]
Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog OST "Loving You" Super Junior-K.R.Y.
The Great Seer OST "Just Once" Kyuhyun
2013 The Croods OST "Shine Your Way"(Kor.Ver) Kyuhyun, Luna
Hwang Sung Jae Project Super Hero 2nd Line Up "Love Dust" Kyuhyun
SKT CF OST "T'ple Couple Want it" Kyuhyun, Seohyun
2015 Hogu's Love OST "Until Reaching Your Stars" Kyuhyun



Date Title Role
2010 Super Show 3 3D Himself
2012 I AM. - SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Himself [38]
2013 Super Show 4 3D Himself


Year Title Network
2011–present The Radio Star as host MBC
2012 We Got Married (Chinese version) Shanghai Media Group
April 2013–Nov 2013 Mamma Mia KBS
2013 Happy Together KBS
16 November 2014 Running Man Ep 221 SBS

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2014 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan Male Lead
2012–2013 Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale Jr. Male Lead
2014 Moon Embracing the Sun King Lee Hwon Male Lead
2014 Singin' in the Rain Don Lockwood Male Lead
2014-2015 The Days Mooyeong Male Lead
2015 Robin Hood Prince Phillip Male Lead

Music video appearance[edit]

Year Song Artist
2005 "Hi Ya Ya" Chin Chin's Members
2009 "Happy Bubble" Kyuhyun, Donghae, Han Ji-min
2011 "Late Autumn" Yoon Jong-shin
2011 "Blind" TRAX
2013 "Trap" Henry

Awards and nominations[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2011 2010 Golden Ticket Awards Musical Rising Star Kyuhyun: "The Three Muskeeters Musical" Won [12]
MBC Entertainment Awards Special Award (MC category) Kyuhyun: Golden Fishery - Radio Star Won [39]
2012 Best Newcomer Award Won [40]
Friendship Award Won [41]
Entertainment Program of the Year Won [41]
2013 7th Musical Awards Popular Star Award Kyuhyun - The Three Musketeers Won
2014 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award - Music Talk Show Department Kyuhyun - Golden Fishery - Radio Star Won
2015 24th Seoul Music Awards Bonsang Awards At Gwanghwamun Nominated
Popularity Award Kyuhyun Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2015 Allkpop Awards Best Male Solo Artist At Gwanghwamun Won

Music show awards[edit]

Mnet M! Countdown[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 November 20 "At Gwanghwamun" [42]
November 27

KBS Music Bank[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 November 21 "At Gwanghwamun" [43]

MBC Show! Music Core[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 November 22 "At Gwanghwamun"

MBC Show Champion[edit]

Year Date Song
2014 November 26 "At Gwanghwamun" [44]


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