Nichkhun

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Nichkhun
2PM Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul.jpg
2PM Go Crazy World Tour 2014, Prudential Centre, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A
Background information
Birth name Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul
Born (1988-06-24) June 24, 1988 (age 28)
Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States[1][2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2008–present
Labels JYP Entertainment
Associated acts
Website Nichkhun's profile on 2PM's Website

Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul[3] (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล; rtgsNitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤; Chinese: 尼坤; pinyin: Ní Kún), is a Thai-American[4][5][6] rapper, singer, songwriter, model and actor. He is currently based in South Korea as a member of 2PM, a South Korean boy band. In June 2010, Nichkhun was paired up with f(x)'s Victoria Song as a virtual married couple, famously known as "Khuntoria", in MBC's reality show We Got Married. The virtual couple starred in 64 episodes, until September 2011.

Early life[edit]

Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California [7] to Thai parents of Chinese descent. His paternal grandmother is from Hainan, China while his paternal grandfather is Thai Chinese.[4] His mother Yenjit Horvejkul was born in Thailand to Hainanese immigrant parents from China.[4] His mother is the chief executive officer of a Thai pharmaceutical company, Union Medical, established in 1976, which acts as an importer and distributor.[8] He has said that he has extended family and distant ancestors from Guangzhou.[9]

He comes from a wealthy background and his luxurious lifestyle, portrayed in the K-pop tabloids with photos of his home and private school, earned him the nickname “Thai Prince" in South Korea.[8] Nichkhun has one older brother, Nichan, and two younger sisters, Nichthima (Yanin) and Nachjaree (Chereen). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand from the United States with his family and studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After high school, he was a coach of the Rosemead High School badminton team. There, he was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.[10]

After passing an audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a four-member ballad group (2AM) or a seven-member dance group (2PM)[note 1] under JYP Entertainment.[11]

As a male citizen of Thailand, he was subject to the military draft lottery in 2009 and subsequently received an exemption from military service.[12][13][better source needed]

Career[edit]

2PM[edit]

Main article: 2PM

On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as part of 2PM in their first single "10 Points out of 10 Points" (Korean: "10점 만점에 10점") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". They have released five studio albums in Korea and four studio albums in Japan.

Solo activities[edit]

Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2010, along with Taecyeon and Yoon Eun-hye, Nichkhun played one of the main characters in a 12-minute music video drama for Cass Beer, which was released on February 8.[14] He also hosted JYP's talent competition Superstar Survival. On June 2010, he was cast in the second season of variety show We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). The couple, known as Khuntoria, was featured on the show leaving in September 2011.[15]

In 2011, Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single "Touch (觸動)" by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Wilber Pan, which premiered on January 31. In May, he was selected as the new model for Everland's Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF. He also starred in the Japanese live-adaptation film of Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation,[16] followed in 2012 by the Thai film Seven Something.

In 2013, he filmed the Chinese TV series One and a Half Summer, where he plays the lead character. The series aired between June and July 2014.[17] In 2014, he had a cameo in the Thai movie Chalouis.[18] He teamed up with CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, B1A4's Baro, Infinite's L, and Winner's Mino for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the 2014 SBS Gayo Daejun. Nichkhun and Baro also hosted the show.[19]

In 2015, Nichkhun joined the cast of the Chinese movie Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom (Forever Young, 栀子花开), starring Li Yi Feng and Zhang Hui We[20] and a new Chinese music reality show Youth Trainee.[21] He will also be a special guest on a Thai sitcom, Yes Sir My Boss.

Discography[edit]

Main article: 2PM discography

Solo works[edit]

Thai songs
  • 2008: "We Become One"
  • 2009: "Let's Take a Break"
  • 2009: "Cute"
Japanese songs
  • 2014: "So Wonderful"
  • 2015: "Miss Wonderful"
  • 2015: "Maybe You Are"

Compositions[edit]

Release Date Title Artist Album Notes
June 19, 2013 "Let It Rain" 2PM 3rd Album Grown Grand Edition First self-composed song
September 15, 2014 "Love is True" Nichkhun x Lee Jun-ho (singer) Go Crazy! composed & written with Junho
April 27, 2016 "GIRLFRIEND ( 彼女 / Kanojo )" Nichkhun x Wooyoung GALAXY OF 2PM [Limited Edition / Type C 2PM's 6th Japanese Album

Collaborations[edit]

Year Artist Song title Album
2011 Wilber Pan ft. Wilber Pan "Touch (觸動)" 808
2012 2PM &2AM (band) ft. 2PM &2AM (band) One Day One Day (Japanese Single)
2014 Junho(2PM) "Love is True" (Bonus track from the album Go Crazy! (Grand Edition)
2016 Wooyoung(2PM) "Kanojo(Girlfriend)" Unit songs the album

Galaxy of 2PM

Yugyeom,Mark, Jackson Wang of Got7& Hyelim, Yenny, Kim Yu-bin of Wonder Girls& Nayeon,Jeongyeon,Momo,Mina of Twice (band) & Min (singer) of Miss A & Lee Jun-ho (singer) of 2PM "Encore" JYP Nation concert 'Mix & Match'

Original soundtrack[edit]

Year Song Title Album
2011 "My Valentine" (with J.Y. Park & Taecyeon) Dream High OST
2012 "Let It Rain" (Bonus track from the album Legend of 2PM) One and a Half Summer OST
2015 "Wan Nun Wan Nee Wan Nhai" (featuring Taecyeon of 2PM) Chalouis OST

Filmography[edit]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2010 All My Love Ok Yub's human substitute Cameo (episode 16)
2011 Dream High Ri-ah's CF partner Cameo (episode 8)
Welcome to the Show Himself Lead Role
2014 One and a Half Summer Zhang Hao Lead Role
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Mataichi Japanese TV movie
2015 Looking For Aurora Wang Yilin Lead Role
Yes Sir My Boss Thai Cameo (episodes 7-8)
The Producers Himself Cameo (episode 3)

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Ouran High School Host Club Lawrence
Seven Something He
Beyond the ONEDAY ~Story of 2PM & 2AM~ Himself
2014 Five Eagle Brothers Policeman
2015 Chalouis Cameo
Forever Young, Gardenia in Blossom Cameo

Reality shows[edit]

Overview[edit]

Year Title Network Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
2008 Hot Blood Mnet 10 October 10, 2008 (October 10, 2008) November 8, 2008 (November 8, 2008)
Idol Army (Season 3) MBC 17 4 December 2008 (4 December 2008) 26 March 2009 (26 March 2009)
2009 Wild Bunny Mnet 7 July 21, 2009 (July 21, 2009) August 21, 2009 (August 21, 2009)
2010 We Got Married (Season 2) MBC 41-80 March 6, 2010 (March 6, 2010) January 22, 2011 (January 22, 2011)
2011 2PM Show! SBS 12 July 9, 2011 (July 9, 2011) September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
2012 KOICA’S DREAM IN TANZANIA MBC 2 December 12, 2012 (December 12, 2012) December 27, 2012 (December 27, 2012)
2013 A Song For You From 2PM KBS2 15 February 17, 2013 (February 17, 2013) May 24, 2013 (May 24, 2013)
2014 Brave Heart BTV 8 October 5, 2014 (October 5, 2014) November 23, 2014 (November 23, 2014)
2015 Oven Radio 1theK 5 June 14, 2015 (June 14, 2015) June 18, 2015 (June 18, 2015)
Youth Trainee Zhejiang TV 9-12 April 16, 2015 (April 16, 2015) June 25, 2015 (June 25, 2015)
Ok.Jang.Khun ReciPe V-Live 5 August 5, 2015 (August 5, 2015) November 22, 2015 (November 22, 2015)

Korean Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2008 Yashimmanman Season 2 SBS Himself
Schoolympic Happy Sunday KBS Himself
2009 Sunday Sunday Night MBC Himself; "Body Body Body"
M! Wide Mnet Himself; Hidden Camera "Girl Punch!" Segment
2010 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC
  • Season 1: Contestant with 2PM
For The First Time MBC Guest with Jun.K, Junho and Chansung
Running Man SBS
M! Countdown Mnet MC
Happy Together KBS2 Guest
2011 Running Man SBS
Dream Team KBS
2012 Running Man SBS Episode 104 (Idol VS. Running Men)
KOICA's Dream MBC Himself
2013 Incarnation SBS with Taecyeon and Chansung
Vitamin KBS2 with Taecyeon and Wooyoung
Mamma Mia KBS
  • Episode 7: Guest with his mother
National Talk Show Hello KBS2 Himself
Strong Heart 2 SBS
Cool Kiz on The Block KBS
2014 Running Man SBS
  • Episode 195: Guest with 2PM and 2NE1
SBS Gayo Daejun SBS MC with L, Jung Yong-hwa, Mino, Baro, and Song Ji-hyo
If You Love! HBTV Episodes 1, 2 (Cameo)
2015 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC
Running Man SBS
Dream Team KBS
  • Episode 300 Special (Korea VS. China):

Guest With Chansung, 2AM's, Jo Kwon and Jeong Jinwoon

SIXTEEN Mnet
  • Episode 2: Special Guest with Chansung
2016 Running Man SBS Episode 306 (with Lee Ki-woo& Nine Muses (band)'s Kyungri )
Cool Kiz on The Block KBS
I Can See Your Voice Season 3 Mnet
Saturday Night Live Korea Season 8 TVN
  • Episode 2 (with 2PM) and They will be host [23]
How To Eat and Live Well SBS

Thai Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2009 The Woody Show Modernine TV Guest
2012 The Woody Show Modernine TV Guest
Night Society Show Channel 3 Guest
2015 Yes Sir, My Boss True4U Episodes 7, 8 (Cameo)
2016 Kidzaaa Academy CH3 Episodes 2 (Cameo)

Chinese Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2013 Superstar China HBTV Host
2014 Music Billboard BTV Guest
Star Talk iTQQ Guest
Sina TV Sina Guest
Toudou Show Tudou Guest
God&Goddess Youku Guest
Tonight 80's Show Dragon TV with Wei Da Xun
Music Billboard BTV Guest; Special Segment
All Star Show Youku Himself
Dream Music Charity Event CGV Himself
Happy Camp HBS with Wooyoung
C-radio idol true colors MBC 900AM Guest
Brave Heart BTV Guest
2015 Youth Trainee Zhejiang Television with Wang Dongcheng, Shang Wenjie, and Li Quan
Grade One Freshman China
  • Episode 12: Special Guest
2016 Beat the Champions ZJTV
  • Episode n/a: Special Guest
Super Girl Group China
  • Episode 12: Special Guest

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2007 "Irony" Wonder Girls
2010 "The End is Coming" 8Eight
2010 "This Christmas" JYP Nation
2011 "Touch (觸動)" Wilber Pan
2011 "Push" The ETC Band

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient / Nominated work Result
2009 Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Mr. Beauty Award Himself Won
Tourism Authority of Thailand PR Ambassador[24] Won
2010 Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand) Popular Vote Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award We Got Married with Victoria Song Won
Korea Jewerly Awards Diamond Award (with Chansung) Himself Won
2011 3rd Bugs Music Awards OST of the Year (with Taecyeon) "My Valentine" Won
KBS Best Idol Icon Awards Icon of the year Himself Nominated
Mnet Media Awards Most CHARMING Boy Won
MTV K’s very first Valentine King and Queen Valentine King Won
TVCF Awards Most Popular CF Star Nominated
2012 Kerd Awards (Thailand) Kerd of the Year Won
TVCF AWARDS CF Model of The Year Nominated
Top Award (Thailand) Best Rising Film Actor Seven Something Nominated
BK Film Awards The Eye Candy Award Won
6th Nine Entertain Awards (Thailand) Popular Award Nominated
2013 STYEBIBLE.PH International Celebrity Collab NICHKHUN for Bench Nominated
Nine Entertain Awards Popular Award Himself Nominated[25]
Singapore Blog Awards Most Popular Overseas Celebrity Nominated
The Goodness Idol Thailand Awards The 9 Idols for The King Won
2014 N/A Asian's Male God Nominated[26]
2015 Microblogging Star 2014 (China) Weibo Star Nominated[27]
K-pop Gaon Chart Award Social Star Nominated
N/A Asian's Male God Nominated[28]
Micro-star Magazine (Chinese) Star Scoreboard in February (Overseas) Nominated[29]
UNICEF Thailand Award Friend of UNICEF Won[30]
Zocial Awards 2015 (Thailand) ‘Thailand Twitter Ranking’[31] Rank #1
Most Mentioned in Thailand on Twitter Rank #2
2016 IME Chinese Online Media Popular Award Thailand Headlines Person of the Year Awards Won[32]
China Weibo Awards Male God of the Year Won[33]
VDFLY Top Ten Handsome Asian Men Nominated[34]

Humanitarian work[edit]

  • Nichkhun is a goodwill ambassador of Thailand since 2010.[53]
Year Title Work
2009 Tourism Authority of Thailand Promotional/Awarded Ambassador[35][36]
Children and Youth Human Rights Ambassador with 2PM Honorary Ambassador
G-Star with 2PM Promotional Ambassador[37]
2010 Ambassador of Seoul for Japan with 2PM Honorary Ambassador (2PM) releases a new song 'Fly to Seoul (Boom Boom Boom)[38]
2011 Singapore Tourism Ambassadors with 2PM Promotional Ambassador[39]
Visit Korea Committee with 2PM Honorary Ambassador[40]
Save energy at 2 PM with 2PM Promotional Ambassador[41]
2012 Brands's Ambassador in Thailand Promotional Ambassador[42]
"Touch Korea Tour" with 2PM& Miss A Promotional Ambassador[43]
Ambassador of Peace in Japan with 2PM Honorary Ambassador[44]
Coway 2012 with 2PM Promotional Ambassador[45]
2013-current Seoul Hot Summer Sale 2013 with 2PM Promotional Ambassador[46]
LINE PLAY Brand Ambassador Promotional Ambassador[47]
KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) Honorary Ambassador[48]
“Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand with Paula Taylor Honorary Ambassador[49]
2014-current YONEX, in South Korea Promotional Ambassador[50]
Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup in Thailand Promotional Ambassador[51]
K-Pop Expo in Asia with 2PM Honorary Ambassador[52]
2015-current Korea Culture and Travel Festival Promotional Ambassador [54]
2016-current Ambassador of Korea Tourism in Korea and Thailand Gangnam Multicultural Family Presenter(with Twice (band), Kim Soo-hyun)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It later became a six-member group with the departure of leader Jay Park

References[edit]

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