Birth name Cho Kyu-hyun
Born February 3, 1988 (1988-02-03) (age 22)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, dance, R&B, ballad
Occupations Singer, dancer, actor
Instruments Piano, clarinet
Years active 2006–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts SM Town, Super Junior, Super Junior-K.R.Y, Super Junior-M
Revised Romanization Jo Gyuhyeon
McCune–Reischauer Cho Kyuhyŏn
Cho Kyu-hyun (born February 3, 1988), best known mononymously as Kyuhyun, is a Korean pop singer. He is the last member to join the super boy band Super Junior, and is considered as one of the four lead vocalists of the group. He is also one of the first four Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.
Cho Kyuhyun’s singing talents were discovered after he won third place at the Chin Chin Singing Competition in 2005. He soon signed under SM Entertainment and was featured in the video remake of TVXQ’s single “Hi Ya Ya” along with other Chin Chin idols.
Before Kyuhyun’s addition to Super Junior, the original twelve members were said to be separating and “graduating” as the band was still presented as a project group at the time, the concept being very similar to Japan’s popular girl group, Morning Musume. Although Kyuhyun’s addition to the group initially brought in an unpleasant surprise and dissatisfaction within the group’s fans who supported the original twelve members, Kyuhyun was quickly accepted and acknowledged by the fans as the thirteenth member of Super Junior.
Further information: Super Junior
Kyuhyun’s first media appearance was mysterious and unspecified. He made his first appearance as a part of Super Junior in a news broadcast on May 23, 2006 when the group was introducing their new single, “U”. Kyuhyun made his debut performance on May 26, 2006 at SBS’s I-Concert performing the new single “U”, where it was also the group’s first return performance as a permanent group. Towards the end of 2006, Kyuhyun, along with Yesung and Ryeowook, was placed in Super Junior’s first subgroup, Super Junior-K.R.Y. The trio debuted on November 5, 2006 on KBS’s Music Bank. He collaborated with The Grace and sang the song “하루만 (Just For One Day)” for The Grace’s first album 한번 더, OK?.
April Car Accident
In the early morning of April 19, 2007, just one month before Kyuhyun’s first anniversary in Super Junior, Kyuhyun with Super Junior members Leeteuk,Shindong, Eunhyuk, and two managers were all hospitalized due to a serious car accident when returning from the Super Junior Kiss the Radio show that night. The driver lost control of the vehicle as the van flipped over on its right side. Kyuhyun, who was sitting behind the driver’s seat when the accident occurred, was the most injured and had a fractured hip, pneumothorax from fractured ribs, and facial scratches and bruises. He was slipping in and out of consciousness and was mute because of the shock. Kyuhyun had been in the ICU ever since the night of the accident, but unexpected of his fast recovery, he was moved to a regular hospital room just after 6 days. Kyuhyun also did not need the respiratory machine anymore to support his breathing, though it was said that he was only able to walk on his own one month after the accident. Kyuhyun was discharged on July 5, 2007 after 78 days.
Due to the accident, in 2007, his participation in many of Super Junior’s activities were limited. He appeared only in episode 7 onwards of SBS’s Explorers of the Human Body but his injuries only allowed him to compete in some activities. A noticeable event that occurred shortly during his recovery was his appearance on the October 13, 2007 edition of Star King, in which he performed a spectacularly impressive duet of A Whole New World with Charice Pempengco. Despite his injuries, Kyuhyun wowed the audience with his mind-blowing vocals.
Don’t Don comeback
In time for the release of Super Junior’s 2nd album in September, it was announced that Kyuhyun would return along with the rest of the members, sporting new looks and styles. Kyuhyun gave his first performance after the April car accident on September 21, 2007, performing the new promo-single, “Don’t Don” on KBS Music Bank and overwhelmed fans with his appearance after his long absence.
Since Kyuhyun had to undergo another operation and needed more time to recover from his injuries, his participation in Super Junior’s second album activities was intermittent. It was in December of the same year that he began appearing more frequently with his group.
In early 2008, Kyuhyun was placed in a third Super Junior subgroup, Super Junior-M. The subgroup specializes in singing Mandarin songs, including versions of Super Junior’s Korean songs, bringing the K-pop influence over to the Chinese music industry. Super Junior-M is the first international music group in the Chinese music industry to have members of both Chinese and Korean descent. The 7-member group debuted in China on April 8, 2008 at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards along with the release of their first single music video, “U”.
Not long after Super Junior-M’s debut, they became one of the most celebrated boy-bands in China. The band’s popularity skyrocketed further after their highly anticipated Mini-album, “Super Girl (EP)” was released on September 2009.
2009 and solo contributions
In 2009, for the promotions of Super Junior’s third studio album Sorry Sorry, Kyuhyun performed as one of the lead vocalists and traveled with the other members to overseas events, including Jackie Chan’s Bird Nest Concert on April 8, 2009 with Zhang Liyin. The album brought immense popularity to the group after their long hiatus, allowing Super Junior to appear regularly in several variety shows and endorsements. They also held their second official Asia Tour, Super Show II.
Kyuhyun featured on Yoo Youngsuk’s 20th anniversary tribute album, singing his first solo: a remake of Yoo’s hit song “7년간의 사랑” (“7 Year Love”). He first performed the song on July 10, 2009 on Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketch Book, the episode airing 2 days later. The song was released as a digital single, and Yoo Youngsuk’s album was available online on June 30, 2009, with all proceeds going to UNICEF.
He and bandmate Donghae performed a special song “Happy Bubble” for a facial wash product commercial “Happy Bath” with actress Han Ji Min. A full music video was released on August 19, 2009.
Kyuhyun, along with the rest of Super Junior-M, returned in September 2009 to China to promote their first mini-album: “Super Girl (EP)”. The mini-album was a major success and garnered further popularity and awards for the band. Unfortunately, Super Junior-M’s activities are canceled until further notice due to bandmate, Han Geng and his dispute with SM Entertainment.
On December 11, 2009, Kyuhyun along with some Super Junior members and Girls’ Generation members starred in the”Seoul Song” in which they were also the lead singers of. The members of both bands were paired up, each couple performing a mini-story line of the couple’s romance. Kyuhyun was paired with Girls’ Generation member Seohyun, and played the role of a painter who confesses his love for Seohyun at a romantic setting.
On January 6, 2010, Kyuhyun released his solo song “Listen To You”, it is the main theme song for Korean drama “Pasta”. When the song was first released on the music site monkey3 (www.monkey3.co.kr), it garnered a lot of attention and reached #1 on the real time chart.
Aside from the official solo releases, Kyuhyun has also performed a variety of other songs such as “Believe”, Qi Qin’s “Won’t Let My Tears Accompany Me Through The Night (不讓我的眼淚陪我過夜)”, Nicholas Teo’s “Tears of Polaris”, Jam Hsiao’s “Forgive Me” and “A Goose’s Dream” in which in sang with Jonghyun of Shinee.
He is a Christian. He has a older sister named Cho Ah-ra . He attended Shinchung Middle school and Yumkwang High School. He currently attends Kyunghee University, majoring in Post Modern Music. He won first place in a Math Olympiad during high school and has been given numerous nicknames by his fans and band members.
Kyuhyun is a well-known game addict (Starcraft) by his band members and fans. He also has a witty sense of humour and a glib tongue that is displayed through his appearances on variety shows. He often likes to poke fun of his older members but since he is the youngest of the group, he gets away with most of them, thus earning him the nickname “Evil Kyu” by his foreign fans. Other than his exceeding intelligence he also likes to watch historical dramas and read books occasionally to self-improve.
Main article: Super Junior discography
Further information: Super Junior filmography
Year Broadcast Title Role Language
2009 CCTV Stage of Youth (青春舞台) Himself (Guest star) Mandarin Chinese
Year Broadcast Title Role Language
2007 & 2008 SBS Explorers of the Human Body Himself Korean
Music video appearances
Year Song With
2006 “Hi Ya Ya” Chin Chin Idols
“U” Super Junior
“Dancing Out” Super Junior
“The One I Love” Super Junior-K.R.Y
2007 “Don’t Don” Super Junior
“Marry U” Super Junior
2008 “U” Super Junior-M
“Me” Super Junior-M
2009 “Sorry Sorry” Super Junior
“Neorago (It’s You)” Super Junior
Happy Bubble Donghae & Han Ji Min
“Super Girl” Super Junior-M
“Blue Tomorrow” Super Junior-M
“S.E.O.U.L.” Super Junior & Girls’ Generation
“Sorry Sorry – Answer” Super Junior