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|Lee Hong Ki
Lee Hongki at the Music Core Concert in Hanoi, Vietnam, in November 2012
|Birth name||Lee Hong Ki (이홍기)|
|Also known as||Hongstar, Hongchan|
March 2, 1990 |
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
|Genres||Rock, pop, R&B|
|Occupations||Singer, actor, MC, author|
|Labels||F&C Music (Korea)
AI Entertainment Inc. (Japan)
Warner Music (Japan)
|Associated acts||F.T. Island
Jung Yong Hwa
|Revised Romanization||I Hong-gi|
Before Hong Ki debuted as a singer with the band FT Island, he was a child actor and made his acting debut in 2002 in KBS2 TV series Magic Kid Masuri as Masuri's friend. This sitcom gained popularity among elementary school students. He was also featured in Kangsooni, where he played the lead character of Kang Soo Bong, and sang for the sitcom's OST.
In 2008, he was offered the lead role in Master of Study, a Korean version of a Japanese drama Dragon Zakura which should have aired in the beginning of 2009 but due to issues relating to its filming production, the drama was postponed to the beginning of 2010 which led FNC Entertainment to refuse Hongki's role because of his busy schedule with FT Island.
Hongki later played the role of Lysander in a Korean musical version of A Midsummer Night's Dream where he showed and excelled in his hidden skills in singing, acting and dancing. In 2009, after a 5 year break, he made his acting comeback and took the role of Jeremy in the drama, You're Beautiful. He also sang solo OST songs for this drama (Promise and Still/As Ever), which played a bigger role in terms of drama promotion. He achieved an SBS "New Star Award" for his role in the drama. The drama, although receiving modest ratings, was an international success and with it Lee received worldwide popularity for his portrayal of the quirky, but loveable drummer Jeremy.
He filmed a 90 minute Korean-Japanese drama titled 'Noriko Goes to Seoul' alongside famous Japanese actress Takashima Reiko starting on the 10th of August, 2011 and aired on KBS on the 10th of September. He played a young teenager aspiring to be a singer who meets an older woman that inspires him through hardships to achieve his dream. It is known that the singer and Ms. Reiko share a friendship that has lasted over the years since the filming of 'Noriko Goes to Seoul.'
In June 2013, he debuted on the big screen in the movie Passionate Goodbye, in which he portrayed a rebellious music star who is sent to work in a hospice.
Hongki decided to leave acting and pursue a career in singing when he played the lead role in the drama Kangsooni, where he sang an OST song. At the end of the drama, he performed the song live on stage. He was just 13 years old at that time. Impressed by his powerful vocal ability, a few people approached him, not wishing to waste his talent for singing. After competing with a selection of others, young label company FNC Entertainment Music managed to grab Hongki and fully train him to become the lead singer of F.T. Island.
During the 2008 SBS Gayo Daejun, due to F.T. Island's extremely tight concert schedule, Hongki fell very sick and was losing his voice due to exhaustion. After the performance, he collapsed and was hospitalized on December 30 for a few days over the New Year.
Because of the incident, FNC Entertainment decided to make a subgroup of F.T. Island, called FT Triple, which consisted of just 3 out 5 members in the band (without Hongki or fellow F.T. Island member Seunghyun). The formation of FT Triple was to avoid Hongki from overstraining his voice and allow him to rest for a few minutes while on stage or during a concert. Another reason for the existence of this subgroup is due to Hongki's tight schedule with variety shows, filming, recording and other individual activities. The band sometimes has to appear and perform in shows without him.
He began his foray into composing music, contributing songs Black Chocolate and Orange Sky on FT Island's Japanese album 'Rated FT' and the title track Memory and song Always With You on FT Island's Korean mini-album 'Thanks To.'
He also sang 'I'm Saying' the main theme song for the TV drama 'Heirs' which according to the official FNC Entertainment Facebook page kept its position at No.1 in Chinese KUWO chart as of 26th Oct.
|2002||Magic Kid Masuri||KBS2|
|2004||There’s Light At The Tip Of My Fingernails||EBS|
|2010||More Charming By The Day||Cameo||MBC|
|My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox||Jeremy (Cameo)||SBS|
|2011||Muscle Girl!||Yoo Ji Ho||TBS|
|Noriko Goes To Seoul||Min-Ha||KBS|
|2008||Family Outing||SBS||Ep. 13 & 14|
|Happy Shares Company||SBS|
|Mnet Scandal Idol Show||Mnet|
|2010||100 Points Out of 100||KBS||Regular cast|
|Running Man||SBS||Ep. 9|
|Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2||KBS2||Ep. 15, 20, & 104|
|2011||Immortal Song 2||KBS|
|Quiz to Change the World||MBC||ep. 109 with bandmate Jonghun|
|2013||We Got Married Global Edition||MBC||with Fujii Mina|
|2009||KHE Musical Stage Acting Korean version of A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|2013||Lee Hongki Nailart|
- Dramabeans.com 9/9/11. Tons of stills from Lee Hong-ki’s Noriko Goes to Seoul.
- imdb.com 9/10/11 Noriko Goes To Seoul
- en.korea.com December 26, 2011 9:12 pm Hong Ki shows his new camera!
- Youtube.com FT Island Fan Meeting 2/2013.
- Strong Heart episode 23/24 Guest Lee Hong ki
- "Winners from the 27th Golden Disk Awards (Day 2)". Allkpop.com. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
- F.T. Island's Official website
- Lee Hongki Personal Twitter
- 한준호, title = 에프티아일랜드, "데뷔도 안했는데 벌써 스타" (2007-03-19). 스포츠월드.