Koo Jun-hoe

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Koo Junhoe
Koo Jun-hoe - 2016 Gaon Chart K-pop Awards red carpet.jpg
Koo Jun-hoe at August 31, 2018 Sinchon Fansign
Native name
Koo Jun-hoe

(1997-03-31) March 31, 1997 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
  • Singer
Musical career
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGu Jun-hoe
McCune–ReischauerKu Junhoe

Koo Jun-hoe, (Hangul구준회, born March 31, 1997), known by the stage name Ju-ne is a South Korean singer. He is the main vocalist of the South Korean boy group iKon, signed under YG Entertainment.

He appeared on the 2013 Mnet reality survival programme Win: Who Is Next as part of "Team B", competing against other YG Entertainment trainees for the chance to debut as a group. He went on to appear in the 2014 follow-up programme Mix & Match, which determined the lineup of iKon, along with bandmates B.I, Bobby, Jinhwan, Donghyuk, Yunhyeong and Chanwoo.


Pre-debut appearances[edit]

Koo Jun-hoe made his first television appearance at the age of thirteen, on the SBS reality programme Star King. In 2011, he appeared on the first season of SBS' K-pop Star[1] where he made it to the fourth round of auditions.

2012-2014: Win: Who Is Next, Mix & Match[edit]

Junhoe joined YG Entertainment in April 2012. As a trainee, he appeared as a member of "Team B" on the reality programme Win: Who Is Next, which was aired on Mnet in 2013. The programme was a 'survival' show in which two teams of YG trainees, Team A and Team B, competed for the chance to debut as a boy group. Both teams competed in three rounds consisting of a song arrangement, dance performance, and original song composition.[2] The winning team, Team A, was determined via public vote, going on to debut as Winner.[3]

In 2014, YG Entertainment announced that the members of Team B would be returning to compete in a second reality survival show, Mix & Match, with the possibility of debuting as part of a new seven-member boy group.[4] While three members of Team B- B.I., Bobby, and Jinhwan- were confirmed for the lineup of the new group, Junhoe was one of the three Team B members that would compete against each other as well as three new trainees- Jung Chan-woo, Yang Hong-seok, and Jung Jin-hyeong- for the remaining four places.[5] Junhoe was the first trainee announced as a member of the new group, iKON.[6]

2015–present: iKon[edit]

iKon debuted as a group in October 2015. As an iKon member, Junhoe has been involved in production of the group's songs, including their debut single "Rhythm Ta".[7]

Junhoe joined the cast of It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets, which first started as a pilot program in August 2017.[8] He was joined by Wanna One's Kang Daniel and Exo's Xiumin as two of the fixed members of the show, and began filming on April 5, 2018.[9]

Junhoe had a minor controversy in September 2018 after posting about Kitano Takeshi on his Instagram and criticising his fans for their comments.[10] [11] The subsequent backlash from his fanbase prompted him to apologise for these events on three separate occasions.[12]


Charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak position Sales
"사랑인걸 (It's Love)" with Bobby & Kim Donghyuk 2016 20

Production credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Lyrics Music
2013 Team B "Climax" WIN Final Battle Yes No
2015 iKON "Rhythm Ta" (리듬 타) Welcome Back No Yes
"Love Me" "Dumb & Dumber (JPN)" Yes


Television appearances[edit]

Year Channel Title Notes
2009 SBS Star King "13 year old Michael Jackson"
2011 K-pop Star Contestant; Eliminated in Round 4
2013 Mnet Win: Who Is Next Contestant (Team B)
2014 Mix & Match 9 episodes
2018 MBC It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets[8] Cast Member (Episode 2 & 3)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ KPOPSTAR (2012-01-26), KPOPSTAR ep8. High Praise - Wild Eyes, retrieved 2016-05-03
  2. ^ "WIN:WHO IS NEXT – VOTING SYSTEM". YG LIFE. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  3. ^ "[SPOILER] Who is the final WINNER of 'WHO'S NEXT: WIN'?! | allkpop.com". www.allkpop.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  4. ^ "'WIN' Team B's new survival program 'MIX & MATCH' reported to air in September | allkpop.com". www.allkpop.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  5. ^ "Yang Hyun Suk reveals new YG group is called iKON + 3 Team B members already confirmed | allkpop.com". www.allkpop.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  6. ^ "MIX & MATCH – 4th iKON MEMBER". YG LIFE. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  7. ^ "iKON – DEBUT HALF ALBUM 'WELCOME BACK' TRACK LIST". YG LIFE. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  8. ^ a b "Yang Hyun Suk Personally Confirms iKON's Junhoe Will Join "It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets" | Soompi". www.soompi.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  9. ^ "YG Family iKON Schedule | ygfamily.com". YG Family. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  10. ^ "iKON's Junhoe apologises to fans for Instagram post | SBS". sbs.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  11. ^ "iKON's Junhoe Apologizes For Instagram Post And Comments To Fans | www.soompi.com". soompi.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  12. ^ "iKON's Junhoe Courageously Apologizes For Third Time At His Group's Comeback Press Conference | jazminemedia.com". jazminemedia.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  13. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
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