Kim Jong-min

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Kim Jong-min
김종민 (金鍾旼)
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Background information
Birth name Kim Jong-min
Born (1979-09-24) September 24, 1979 (age 37)
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) singer entertainer
Instruments Singing, piano
Years active 2000-Present

Trifecta Entertainment

2012 KYT Entertainment
Associated acts Koyote

Official :

Kim Jong-min
Hangul 김종민
Hanja 金鍾旼
Revised Romanization Gim Jong-min
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chong-min

Kim Jong-min (Korean: 김종민, 金鍾旼) (born September 24, 1979) is a South Korean dance music singer and entertainer, also well known as a member of Koyote.[1] He is the male lead singer and the leader of the band. In 2000, Kim replaced Cha Seung-min (Korean: 차승민), who returned to the United States for studies and officially made his debut in Koyote's third album, Passion. It was known that he got into Koyote because of his looks and popularity at the time.



Before debuting as a member of Koyote, Kim was a backup dancer for Uhm Jung-hwa, Lee Jung Hyun, Kim Wan-sun, R.E.F and many other artists. He was on the dance team "Friends" for five years. Kim attended Dobong Information and Industrial High School and Mokwon University, Department of German Language and Literature.

Variety Appearances[edit]

Kim is notable for being a popular mainstay of many Korean variety shows (such as KBS's Heroine 6 and Choi Hong Man Strong Friends and formerly SBS's Real Romance Love Letter), as he has become a goofy, naïve "character" known for silly comments and actions. He was also an assistant soccer coach on KBS's FC Shoot Dori. Kim has also made appearances as a guest on MBC's King Saturday Driving School and Happy Shares Company, SBS's Love Choice (Selection Couple), X-Man, and Ya Shim Man Man, and KBS's Star Golden Bell and Happy Together Friends.

In 2007, Kim was a permanent member of KBS's Happy Sunday lineup as part of 1 Night 2 Days, in addition to promoting Koyote's Best album. He is now the only original member still on the show. It was reported in November that Kim has started his mandatory military service, and replacements are being sought out for his shows. During this time, Koyote performed as a duo. As of December 18, 2009. he was released from his military service.[2]

Kim has won many awards, the most recent of which was the Top Excellence Award from KBS Entertainment Awards in 2015.[3]

As soon as he finished his mandatory military service, he immediately became regular guest and permanent member on 3 different variety shows including SBS's Star King, KBS2's Sweet Night, and KBS2's 1 Night 2 Days which he was one of the members before he was enlisted. This was also noted to be the first time a Korean celebrity who went into the army returned to the same program he was on before. His return helped create high viewership for the variety shows that he appeared in. He was also on the first season of KBS2's Invincible Youth for a short time in the role of a mentor after the show had recently undergone a cast change.

However, his return performance was not well received by viewers and he was met with harsh criticism and many people signed petitions to request for him to leave the well-received show "1 Night 2 Days". Despite the negative comments, he kept his determination to succeed.

In the first quarter of 2011, after 13 years since he joined the entertainment industry, he released his very first single, named "Oppa Find Strength". His promotional clip from the MV depicted the negative comments that he received after his return from military service.

On 30 December 2013, Kim Jong-min won the best entertainer awards (Star King) along with Kwanghee and Park Jungyu (also from Star King).

Solo Singing Career[edit]

He made his solo comeback on 3 September 2014 as he released his third single, "Sali Go Dali Go", an electronic dance music composed by DanDi. The music video of his featured Chun Myung-hoon (NRG) and comedian Ahn Young-mi. His new track peaked at ranking No. 8 on China's popular music video sharing site, Yinyuetai.[4]


Main article: Koyote discography


Single # Single Information Track listing
  • Released: April 26, 2011
  • Language: Korean
  1. 오빠 힘내요
2 Pit-A-Pat
  • Released: May 11, 2012
  • Language: Korean
  1. 두근두근(Feat. 길미)
3 Sali Go Dali Go
  • Released: September 3, 2014
  • Language: Korean
  1. 살리고 달리고
  2. 살리고 달리고 (inst.)

Film and television career[edit]

Variety show[edit]

  • 2005-2006: KBS2 Happy Sunday: Nalara Shootdori Season 1 (해피선데이: 날아라 슛돌이 1기)
  • 2005: KBS2 Happy Sunday: Choi Yong Man and Strong Friends
  • 2005-2006: SBS Real Situation Saturday: Love Letter (실제상황! 토요일: 연애편지) (情书)
  • 2005-2007: KBS2 Happy Sunday: Heroine 6 (해피선데이: 여걸6)(Happy Sunday, 女杰6)
  • 2007: KBS2 Happy Sunday: Are You Ready? (해피선데이: 준비됐어요) (Happy Sunday, 准备好了)
  • 2007: KBS Escape Crisis No. 1 (위기탈출 넘버원)
  • 2007: MBC Come To Play 유재석 김원희의 놀러와
  • 2007, 2009–2012: KBS2 Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days (해피선데이: 1박 2일)(两天一夜)
  • 2009–present: SBS Star King ("놀라운 대회 스타킹")
  • 2010.11.27 - 2010.12.18: tvN Dream Island (梦想岛)
  • 2010.06.23 - 2010.08.05: KBSJoy Three Suspicious Men ("수상한 세남자")
  • 2010–2010: tvN: Dream Island ("梦想岛")
  • 2010.01.05: KBS Imagine plus (想像plus)
  • 2010.01.13: MBC Golden Pond (黄金渔场)
  • 2010.01.19: SBS Strong Heart (强心脏)
  • 2010.01.17: Sixth Sense Battle (六感对决) Eps132
  • 2010.01.24: Sweet Night (甜蜜的夜)
  • 2010.01.26: SBS Strong Heart(强心脏)
  • 2010.02.04: KBS Happy Together
  • 2010.02.14: MBC Star Dance Battle
  • 2010.02.27: MBC Changing the World Quiz (改变世界的问答)
  • 2010.04.30: KBS Unbeatable Young (青春不败) Eps26
  • 2010.05.09: Sweet Night (甜蜜的夜)
  • 2010.05.18 - 2010.05.25: SBS Strong Heart(强心脏)
  • 2010.06.18 - 2010.07.09: KBS Unbeatable Young (青春不败) Eps33 ~ Eps 36
  • 2011.02.19: KBS Imagine Entertainment Centre (想象娱乐馆)
  • 2011.04.12: KBS OH MY SCHOOL EP 16
  • 2011.04.13: MBC RADIO STAR
  • 2011.04.25: SBS Night After Night with Shinji
  • 2011.04.26: tvN Brunch
  • 2011.05.01: SBS Challenging Thousand Song (挑战千曲)
  • 2011.05.12: KBS Happy Together
  • 2011.05.19: tvN TAXI
  • 2011.05.21: MBC Quiz To Change the World
  • 2011.05.23: tvN All as one (全场一致)
  • 2011.05.26 - 2011.06.02: KBS: Happy Together
  • 2011.06.22: KBS Vitamin- DEPRESSION-
  • 2011.07.03: KBS2 Gag Concert episode 600th(Segment Ballerino)
  • 2011.07.09-2011.07.23: KBS2 Secret EPISODE 6,7 8 (자유선언 토요일)
  • 2012.03.04 - Present: KBS2 Happy Sunday: 1 Night 2 Days Season 2 and 3 (해피선데이: 1박 2일)(两天一夜)
  • 2012.08.18 - 2012.09.08: [MBC Music] Music and Lyrics Season 2 / 그 여자 작사 그 남자 작곡2 (ep 1 - 4)
  • 2012.10.7 - Present: TVN 3 Nerd (세얼간이)
  • 2012.10.16: KBS2 Win Win Episode 133
  • 2012.11.10 - Present: SBS Star King (as a guest)
  • 2014.06.26 - MBC STAR GAZING / 'Looking for stars' EPISODE 02
  • 2014.07.12 - JTBC I'M GOING TO SCHOOL ( 학교 다녀오겠습니다 ) ( will on TV 2014.07.12 )


  • 2011.04.xx : QTV 수미옥: Talk show about Food
  • 2012 : Talk Show "Right Now"
  • 2012.10.7 - Present : tvN Three Idiots / Three Fools 세얼간이


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award Happy Sunday: Heroine 6 Won
2013 SBS Entertainment Awards Star King Won
2014 KBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award - Variety Category 2 Days & 1 Night Nominated
2015 Won[5]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
No Ju Hyun, Kim Jong-kook
KBS Entertainment Awards for Best Entertainer
Succeeded by
Kim Gura, Lee Su Geun, Kim Sung Eun