Lee Jun-ho (singer)

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Lee Jun-ho
(스물) 이준호&이유비 인사영상 01.jpg
Junho in 2017
Background information
Native name
Birth nameLee Jun-ho
Born (1990-01-25) January 25, 1990 (age 28)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • composer
  • actor
Musical career
Years active2008–present
LabelsJYP Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Jun-ho
McCune–ReischauerRi Chunho

Lee Jun-ho (Hangul이준호; Hanja李俊昊; born January 25, 1990), known mononymously as Junho, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer, composer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band 2PM.[1]

In 2013, Junho debuted as an actor in the Korean movie Cold Eyes. Junho is most known for his roles in Twenty, Good Manager and Rain or Shine.


Junho first gained public attention when he won Superstar Survival in 2006. The show started with twelve teenage competitors and, as the weeks went on, they were eliminated one by one until three were left. The process followed a similar style to that of reality show Survivor. Junho signed a contract with JYP Entertainment after winning the contest, placing first out of 6,500 competitors. Future 2PM bandmates Taecyeon and Chansung had also competed.[2]


Junho took an undergraduate program at Howon University (Gunsan, South Korea) with his bandmates Chansung and Wooyoung.[citation needed] In addition, along with Chansung, he is continuing a master's degree of cinematography at Sejong University.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]


In 2008, he took part in Mnet's Hot Blood Men[3] which follows the extreme training of 13 trainees in order to become a member of the boy band One Day. One Day spawned two boy bands, 2AM and 2PM.

Six months after Hot Blood was aired on TV, 2PM debuted with their first single "10점 만점에 10점" ("10 Points out of 10 Points")[4] from their first EP Hottest Time of the Day, but it wasn't until their second EP 2:00PM Time For Change which skyrocketed their success in the Korean music industry. As of 2017, the group has released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.

Solo activities[edit]

Junho debuted as a solo singer in Japan with his first solo mini album, Kimi no Koe, for which he produced, composed and wrote all the tracks.[5] The album landed on no. 1 in Tower Records′ charts and no. 3 on Oricon′s daily chart.[6] On July 9, Junho began his first solo tour, Junho 1st Solo Tour Kimi no Koe which ended on August 29 in Tokyo.[7]

On July 9, 2014, Junho released his second self-composed Japanese mini-album, FEEL.[8] FEEL topped Oricon's daily album chart the day of its release.[9] From July 3 to August 13, Junho embarked on his second solo tour in Japan titled Junho Solo Tour 2014 - Feel which traveled to five different Japanese cities.[10]

On July 15, 2015, Junho released his third Japanese mini-album, SO GOOD. The album ranked third in Oricon‘s weekly music chart, and sold more than 40,000 albums in its first week.[11] He embarked on his 2015 Japan tour Last Night in seven cities, which started July 7.

In September, he released his first album in Korea, a special compilation album titled One.[12] The album contained Korean version of 11 self-composed Japanese songs that were released in the past.[13] He held his solo concert “Last Night in Seoul” at Olympic Hall in Olympic Park, Seoul, from September 19–20.

In 2016, Junho released his fourth Japanese mini-album, DSMN. The album topped Oricon Daily Chart and also the daily sales rankings at Tower Records.[14] Moreover, the pre-released single "DSMN" was also popular in Japan’s ringtone website.[15] He embarked on his fourth Japanese tour Hyper which concluded to a 20,000 audience in Tokyo on August 25.[16][better source needed]

In 2017, Junho released his fifth Japanese mini-album 2017 S/S in Japan.[17] The album achieved the best records for Junho thus far, peaking at number two on Oricon's weekly music chart.[18] From July to August, Junho embarked on his fifth Japanese tour 2017 S/S.[19]

In the same year, his first Korean mini-album Canvas was released, marking his official debut in the Korean music industry as a solo artist.[20]

In January 2018, Junho released the single, “Winter Sleep” in both Korean and Japanese.[21]


In 2012, Junho coupled with actress Kim So-eun on MBC's Music and Lyrics for the song "Sad Love", written by Kim So-eun and composed by Junho. The single was a hit and debuted at top 10 spots on various music charts, and was chosen as the theme song of MBC's weekend drama Feast of the Gods.[22] He also collaborated with Vanness Wu in the song "Undefeated" for Taiwanese drama Ti Amo Chocolate soundtrack.[23]

The song "Move On", written by Junho and fellow member Jang Wooyoung, which was included in 2PM’s 2PM Best~ 2008-2011 in Korea album, topped Japan’s Recochoku Chart.[24] In 2013, Junho participated as a composer for Wooyoung's Korean debut EP 23, Male, Single with the song "Be With You".[25] The song "Love Is True", which featured vocals from Junho and Nichkhun, was included in the bonus CD of 2PM's Go Crazy! Korean album released in 2014. In 2016, Junho wrote the song "Versus", which was recorded as a duet with Hwang Chan-sung and was released in the limited edition version D of 2PM's Japanese album Galaxy of 2PM.

Acting career[edit]

Junho made his film debut in the action thriller Cold Eyes, where he impressed viewers for his acting.[26][27][28] The film was a success, and broke 4.5 million admissions.[6]

In 2015, Junho featured in martial arts period drama Memories of the Sword, acting as Kim Go-eun's love interest.[29] He next starred alongside Kim Woo-bin and Kang Ha-neul in the coming-of-age film Twenty by indie director Lee Byung-heon.[30][31][32]

In 2016, Junho had a supporting role in tvN's thriller Memory.[33]

In 2017, Junho starred in the hit office comedy drama Good Manager.[34] He was praised for his villainous acting in the drama as the arrogant director of finances.[35] The same year, Junho landed his first lead role in JTBC's romantic melodrama series Rain or Shine.[36] He played a psychologically scarred survivor of a fatal incident.[37]

In 2018, Junho was cast in the gastronomy drama Wok of Love, playing a star chef.[38] The same year he was cast in the historical comedy film Gibang Bachelor.[39][40]

Other activities[edit]

In 2012, Junho was appointed as the honorary ambassador of the 24 Hour Famine Program hosted by World Vision.[41]

In the same year, along with the 2PM members, Junho participated in MBC's God of Victory, where they were pitted against the members of Shinhwa. Junho won the segment "Breaking Chopsticks With His Butt", as he was able to break 28 chopstick pairs with his rear end in under 15 seconds.[42]

In 2013, Junho's solo variety show titled 2PM Junho's SAY YES -Friendship- was broadcast on Tokyo MX. The show features Junho travelling across different places in Japan to make friends along with invited Japanese celebrities.




Year Title Role Note
2011 White: The Melody of the Curse Music Fever Host Cameo
2013 Cold Eyes Detective Daramjwi ("Squirrel")
The Terror Live Narration[43]
2015 Memories of the Sword Yul
Twenty Dong-woo
2019 Gibang Bachelor Heo-saek

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2016 Memory Jung Jin tvN
Uncontrollably Fond Himself KBS2 Cameo, ep.4
2017 Good Manager Seo Yool
Rain or Shine Lee Kang-doo JTBC
2018 Wok of Love Seo Poong SBS
2019 Confession Choi Guk-seon tvN

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Music & Lyrics MBC with Kim So-eun
2017 King of Mask Singer[44][45] Contestant

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 22nd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Cold Eyes Nominated
2016 30th Japan Gold Disc Award Best 3 Albums "SO GOOD" Won [46]
2017 2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Good Manager Won [47]
31st KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Won [48]
Best Couple Award (with Namgoong Min) Won
Best New Actor Nominated
2018 3rd Asia Artist Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [49]
Best Emotive Won


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  2. ^ Superstar Survival Ep. 01 YouTube Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  3. ^ (in Korean) iamkoream.com. Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ (in Korean) media.paran.com. Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
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  17. ^ "2PM's Junho to release '2017 S/S' in Japan next month". The Korea Herald. 6 June 2017.
  18. ^ ""日열도 흔들었다"...2PM 준호, 오리콘 위클리 앨범 2위". Herald Corporation (in Korean). 2 August 2017.
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  20. ^ "2PM's Junho gears up for first Korean solo EP". Kpop Herald. 5 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Happy birthday to me? Junho releases 'Winter Sleep'". Kpop Herald. 25 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Junho and Kim So Eun′s ′Love is Sad′ Chosen for Drama OST". enewsWorld. 9 April 2012.
  23. ^ "2PM Junho and Taiwan's Van Ness Wu′s Music Video Released". enewsWorld. 26 April 2012.
  24. ^ "2PM's Junho Also Takes Top Spot on Recochoku Charts". enewsWorld. 15 March 2012.
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  32. ^ Kim, Hyung-woo (5 April 2015). "Interview: 2PM's Junho Empathized A Lot with His Twenty Character". enewsWorld. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  33. ^ "2PM′s Junho and Yoon So Hee Get Friendly on ′Memory′ Set". enewsWorld. 1 April 2014.
  34. ^ Kim, Jung Soo (30 November 2016). "2PM 준호, 지상파 진출하나…'김과장' 출연 제안 "검토중"". Joy News (in Korean).
  35. ^ "'김과장' 이준호, 연기돌 넘어 어엿한 배우로 성장…냉혈 연기 '호평'". Asia Today (in Korean). 28 January 2017.
  36. ^ "2PM's Lee Jun-ho to take lead role in 'Just in Love'". The Korea Herald. 21 August 2017.
  37. ^ "Junho hopes to shed light on survivors in 'Rain or Shine'". Kpop Herald. 10 January 2018.
  38. ^ "[SBS Star] 2PM's JUNHO to Star in New SBS Drama 'Greasy Melo'". SBS News. 22 March 2018.
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  40. ^ "Jung So-min, Lee Jun-ho join film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 December 2018.
  41. ^ "2PM's Junho Appointed Honorary Ambassador for World Vision". enewsWorld. 31 July 2012.
  42. ^ "【TVPP】Junho(2PM) - Break Chopsticks!, 준호(투피엠) - 젓가락을 부러뜨리자! @ God Of Victory". YouTube. 9 September 2012.
  43. ^ "2PM's Junho Will Narrate 'The Terror Live' for the Blind". enewsWorld. 15 November 2013.
  44. ^ Jung Yoo-na (16 July 2017). "'복면가왕' 멜론 정체는 2PM 준호…반전 가창력". Sports Chosun (in Korean).
  45. ^ Hyun Ji-min (16 July 2017). "'복면가왕' 멜론은 2PM 준호…"이렇게 잘 했나" 반전". TenAsia (in Korean).
  46. ^ "엑소·빅뱅 등 케이팝★, 日 골든디스크 대거 수상". TV Report (in Korean). 27 February 2016.
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  48. ^ "KBS Drama Awards 2017: Kim Young Chul, Chun Ho Jin share grand prize; complete winners list". International Business Times. 1 January 2018.
  49. ^ "BTS win the Daesang at Asia Artist Awards 2018 – and are among Artists Of The Year". Metro. November 28, 2018.

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