Fullname: Cho, Kyu Hyun
Date of Birth: February 03, 1988
Labels: SM Entertainment
Member of Super Junior, Super Junior K R.Y, Super Junior-M, and Solo Singer.
Cho Kyu Hyun, born on February 03, 1988, more commonly credited as Kyu Hyun, is a Korean singer, dancer, and the youngest member of Super Junior. He is currently a Modern Music major at Kyung Hee University. He is also one of the first Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.
Cho Kyu Hyun’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 Kyu Hyun’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 Kyu Hyun’s addition to the group initially brought in an unpleasant surprise and disatisfaction within the group’s fans who supported the original twelve members, his addition ended Super Junior’s life as a project group and began its life as a permanent group. Kyu Hyun was quickly accepted and acknowledged by the fans as the thirteenth member of Super Junior.
Kyu Hyun’s first media appearance was mysterious and not acknowledged. 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 comeback single, “U”. Kyu Hyun made his debut perforance on May 26, 2006 at SBS’s I-Concert performing the new single “U”, where it was also the group’s first comeback performance as a permanent group. Towards the end of 2006, Kyu Hyun, along with Ye Sung and Ryeo Wook, were placed in Super Junior’s first subgroup, Super Junior-K.R.Y. The trio debuted in November 5, 2006 on KBS’s Music Bank. In early 2008, Kyu Hyun was placed in a third Super Junior subgroup, Super Junior-M. The subgroup specializes in singing Mandarin 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 seven-member group debuted in China on April 08, 2008 at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards and with the release of their first single music video, “U”.