Choi Junhong (Hangul: 최준홍; born October 15, 1996) better known by his stage name Zelo, is a South Korean rapper, dancer, singer and beatboxer. He is best known as a member of a South Korean K-Pop group, B.A.P as the maknae (youngest) and is the lead rapper of the group. He made his recording debut with the single, "Never Give Up" under B.A.P's sub-unit, Bang&Zelo in November 2011. He is currently signed under TS Entertainment.
The stage name Zelo is derived from Greek mythology. The god Zelos personifies things like dedication and zeal.
Zelo was born on October 15, 1996 in Mokpo, South Korea. He has one older brother. He aspired to be a soccer player when he was young, but then changed his dreams to becoming a singer as he chanced upon music and grew interest in it. He started practising beat-boxing and dancing at home. In 5th grade, Zelo was introduced by an acquaintance who recognized his talent to Joy Dance - Plug In Music Academy located in Gwangju, which is a well-known music academy as Big Bang's Seungri had attended it. He is a former YG Entertainment trainee. He auditioned for several recording companies but did not succeed generally because he was too young. He was finally accepted as a trainee at TS Entertainment. He is currently studying at Seoul School of Performing Arts.
2011–Present: "Never Give Up" and B.A.P debut
Zelo was featured in a track on labelmate Song Jieun's 2013 digital single album, Hope Torture. Zelo and Jieun performed their collaborative track, "Vintage" during a showcase for the album on September 30, 2013.