Gill (musician)

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Gil Seong-joon
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Background information
Birth name Gil Seong-joon
Born (1977-12-24) December 24, 1977 (age 39)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Hip hop Soul RnB
Occupation(s) rapper, comedian, music producer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Jungle Entertainment
Leessang Company
Magic Mansion
Associated acts Leessang, Honey Family, X-Teen, Baek Ji-Young, MIWOO, Jung In, Tiger JK
Korean name
Hangul 길성준
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gil Seong-jun
McCune–Reischauer Kil Sŏng-jun

Gil Seong-joon (Korean: 길성준, Hanja: 吉成俊; born December 24, 1977), better known by his stage name Gill (Korean: ), is a South Korean singer and television personality. He was the main singer of former South Korean hip-hop duo, Leessang.

In 2009, Gil joined Infinity Challenge as a guest and, later on, as a regular co-host. Gil also co-hosted Come To Play. In 2012, Gil joined Voice of Korea as one of the coaches and continued for Season 2. He was caught by police for DUI incident in April 2014 and eventually resigned from any public activity including Infinite Challenge and made the comeback in TV program as a producer for Mnet's hip-hop survival program, Show Me The Money 5, in 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Gil said that when he was 5 years old, his father fainted, causing him to be disabled. To cure him, they put their house on auction. Gil's father spent around 10 years laying down on bed, before he started to talk and walk again.

It was revealed in August 2009 that Gil had quietly entered a relationship with actress-singer Park Jung-ah. The relationship was kept from both colleagues and their own agencies to avoid publicity and attention.[11]

In February 2011 after two years of dating, their relationship ended owing to busy work schedules on both sides.

Career[edit]

Infinite Challenge (2009-2014)[edit]

Gil made his first appearance on an episode which featured Korean figure skater Kim Yuna in April 2009, ostensibly substituting for Jeong Jun-ha, who had to leave the episode recording early. He remained a de facto member of Infinite Challenge until he became a full member later that year. During the Boxing episodes in January 2010, Gil showed off his 9-year-long training in the sport. Gil is often called the Unfunny Friend due to his inability to ad-lib as quickly as the other co-hosts.

  • Baldy/Bbaak-Bbaak-ei (빡빡이)
  • Come between-Gil (이간길)
  • Honey pot (꿀단지)
  • Fat-fat-fatso (뚱뚱뚱보)
  • Ip-sae (입새) (as he only brushes his teeth once a day)
  • Gilmeo (길메오) (as a 'cameo' proclaimed by Yoo Jae-suk)
  • absurdity (무리수) The friend who viviparous is not fun
  • (태생적으로 재미없는 친구)
  • Icon of Betrayal (배신의 아이콘)

In 2012, both of Leesang members, Gil and Gary, who worked as the main concert organizer of Infinite Challenge: Super 7 concert announced their departure from their respective variety shows, because of high ticket price protests. The concert itself eventually canceled. On the other hand, they still continued their participation as variety show cast after the controversy calmed down.

In 2014, he was caught drunk driving on April 23 around 12:30 AM KST. The Mapo District police stated on April 23, “Gil Sung Joon was caught drunk driving around 12:30 AM and his driver’s license was canceled. We are planning to summon him for questioning soon.” Policed recorded a 0.109% percent blood alcohol level for Gil when he was stopped for drunk driving. According to the police, Gil was on his way home after drinking with acquaintances.[1]

The Voice Korea (2012-2013)[edit]

With his commentaries, Gil has shown that underneath his rugged hip-hop exterior, he is a warm and rather approachable individual. Consistently offering warm words of encouragement and advice to his disciples to help them ease their anxious hearts, and lightening up the atmosphere with his witty sense of humor, he has become an indispensable personality on the program.[2]

Hiatus (2014)[edit]

After the DUI incident, he made hiatus from any public activity including TV appearance and concerts.

Comeback and solo project (2014-2015)[edit]

Show Me The Money (2016)[edit]

Gill joined MNET's fifth season of the TV rap competition Show Me the Money in 2016 as one of the producers with Mad Clown as Team Gill & Mad Clown.

Discography[edit]

EP[edit]

  • R.O.A.D. Project #1 (2015)

Singles[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2008 Kko Kko Tour (Season 1) KBS2
Kko Kko Tour (Season 2) KBS2
2009-2014 Infinite Challenge Co-MC MBC
2013 Running Man Guest - ep: 177 SBS
2016 Show Me The Money 5 Producer (teamed up with Mad Clown) Mnet

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Hot Variety Star Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Newcomer - Men's Division Won
Best Male Variety Daesang with Infinite Challenge member Won
2010 10th MBC Entertainment Awards Award For Best TV Programme of the Year (TEO PD with entire directing members of Infinite Challenge) Won
22nd Korean Producers Grandprix Award For Best TV Entertainment Programme (Co winner, with entire directing members of Infinite Challenge) Won
2013 13th MBC Entertainment Awards Most Popular Program (with Infinite Challenge members) Won

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