Donghae (Super Junior) Facts
- K-Pop Group: Super Junior
- Project Group:
- Myongji University.
- Languages: Korean, Mandarin Chinese (intermediate), English (intermediate), and Japanese (basic).
- Hobbies: Dancing, watching movies, sports, Singing, and listening to Heechul gossip.
- Motto: “Let’s not put ourselves in the contempt of others!”
- Religion: Christian.
- Fanclub: ELFish.
- Favorite colors: Blue and black.&
- Donghae initially wished to become an athlete, but under the influence of his father, who once wished to become a singer but could not, Donghae decided to train to become a singer and fulfill his father’s dream, and he wants to make his father proud even though he has passed away.
- In 7th grade, Donghae asked his father if he could audition and his father replied “yes” while giving him some money in his hand. Donghae fortunately passed but was forced to move to Seoul and leave his family behind in Mokpo.
- In 2001, Donghae won first place with his future bandmate Sung Min in the Best Youth Contest, and the Better external appearance together with Sungmin, gave him the opportunity to join SM Entertainment.
- Prior to joining Super Junior, he was in a 5-person group called “Smile” with his current partner and leader, Leeteuk they were going to make their debut in 2002, (at the age of twelve) but that project failed.
- Donghae was picked up on the streets by agencies three times while promoting as a member of Super Junior: “It happened around 2006 or 2007, but it felt pretty good. I would have considered signing with them if they were well-known agencies, but they were all new agencies, so I didn’t join,” Donghae explained.
- His father died on August 8, 2006, before he was scheduled to perform a concert with Super Junior in a posthumous tribute, Donghae dedicated the song “My Everything” during a concert to express how much he admires and loves him even if he does not meet him.
- When Donghae received his first salary, he said he wanted to give it to his father so that he could pay for everything his illness cost, but by then his father had passed away.
- When Super Junior won the best rookie award for his song “U” in 2006, Donghae’s speech was made to his father. He started crying as he said his thanks to his father who had passed away a few months earlier.
- During the filming of Dream Team on August 21, 2011, he sustained an injury to his left leg, which prevented him from attending the Press Conference in Taiwan for the promotions of the Super Show III 3D movie; he was also unable to dance in M!Countdown with his other partners from Super Junior he had to be seated, and sing only his parts during the presentation.
- On October 11, 2011, together with Seohyun, the appointment was a great honor, as only those who have a respectable reputation are given the opportunity to become goodwill representatives. To help the children of East Africa, all the profits from his duet with Seohyun called “Dreams Come True” were donated.
- Donghae and his brother opened a pastry shop (coffee shop) located in Taiwan, called: “The Grand Place”.
- He enlisted for Military Service on October 15, 2015 (his birthday) to perform Public Service. He is expected to be released on July 14, 2017.
- He created the official logo song for Strong Heart
- I wanted to be a singer because I saw Boa Kwon who was the same age, performing on stage and thought he was a source of inspiration.
- Donghae participated in a portrait photoshoot with the fashion magazine ‘W Korea’.
- He composed the song Just Like Now for the debut in his first drama It’s Ok, Daddy’s Girl who sang the song as a duet with Ryeowook
- On January 16, 2012, the song ‘Only U’ by the group As One, in which he collaborated composing the lyrics, was digitally released.
- He made a single together with Eunhyuk called ‘Oppa Oppa’ and on the day of its unveiling, a teaser of SuJu’s song “Opera” was revealed.
He initially wished to become an athlete, but under the influence of his father, who once wished to become a singer, Donghae decided to train to become a singer. In 2001, Donghae successfully signed a contract with SM Entertainment shortly after he won the award for the Better external appearance according to SM Entertainment, Donghae was put through singing, dancing, and acting classes that same year. He was then recruited for a five-member band to be called Smile together with his future bandmate Leeteuk, but the idea was quickly discarded.
In 2004, Donghae along with Leeteuk was placed in another band besides ten more trainees. The group later became known as “Super Junior 05”, the first generation of a rotating music group, Super Junior. In November 2005, a few days before the group’s debut, Donghae made a brief appearance on the panel of SBS’s Shin Dong-yup’s There Is There Isn’t. In 2000, SM Entertainment had its first overseas casting in Beijing, China, and discovered Han Geng, who auditioned along with 3,000 other contestants. That same year, Leeteuk, Yesung, and Eunhyuk were selected after auditioning for the company in an annual casting system in Seoul. Sungmin and Donghae became trainees after winning first place in a contest sponsored by SM Entertainment in 2001.
In 2002, Heechul and Kangin were recruited along with Kibum, who was discovered in Los Angeles, California by an agent. Siwon became an apprentice after being discovered in 2003 and Ryeowook in 2004, who was recruited by the company after winning a singing competition at the “Chin Chin Youth Festival”. shindong and Kyuhyun were recruited in 2005 after winning third place in the 2004 “Chin Chin Youth Festival”. of that year.
In early 2005, Lee Soo-man announced that he was preparing a twelve-member male group project that would debut at the end of the year. He called this group “The Gateway to Asian Stardom,” as most of the members were chosen for their skills as actors, models, and radio and TV hosts. Before debuting Heechul and Kibum had already been established as actors and most of the members had already had several TV and media appearances. Inspired by the rotation concept of the Japanese girl group Morning Musume, Lee Soo-man said the new group would also have lineup changes, with new members replacing selected members every year to keep the group in constant change by younger people. This concept was completely new at the time in the Kpop industry.
For a while it was rumored that the group was going to be called O.V.E.R. in any case, before the group had its current name, the company referred to them as juniors after the members showed their different skills at a meeting, the company finally decided to use the name Super Junior and officially became Super Junior Super Junior’05 super Junior 05 made their pre-debut performance on a Mnet program on September 11, 2005. In this program, they performed various hip-hop dance styles. They danced to B2K’s “Take It to the Floor”, and Hankyung, Eunhyuk, and Donghae performed together dancing to Usher’s “Caught Up”. However, the program was not aired until May 16, 2006, in a segment of the group’s first documentary program, Super Junior Show.
Donghae officially debuted as part of a 12-member group project called Super Junior 05 on November 6, 2005, on the KBS music program “Popular Songs,” performing his first single called “Twins (Knock Out). The debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later, on December 5, 2005, and debuted at #3 on the MIAK K-pop in its monthly album list.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began recruiting new members for the next generation of Super Junior. However, plans changed when the company added in a thirteenth member, Kyuhyun, and the company declared a halt in the training of future generations of Super Junior. The group dropped the suffix “05” and became officially credited as Super Junior.
The new group had great success after they released their first physical single “U” in the following summer, which became Super Junior’s most successful single on the music charts until the release of “Sorry Sorry” in March 2009. Super Junior first appeared on SBS Inki Gayo Television on November six, 2005, the group performed their first single “Twins (Knock Out)”. Twins and You are the ones, appeared online on November 11, 2005, as a single, but the full album was not released until December 7, 2005.
In December, Super Junior collaborated with 2006: In February 2006, Super Junior’05 began their performances for “Miracle”, the second promotional single for their debut album. “Miracle” was the first single by a group to reach the top spot on the online music charts in South Korea as well as in Thailand, receiving interest from the international market. As the promotions for “Miracle” came to an end, SM Entertainment began to select new members for the second lineup of Super Junior’s project, Super Junior’06.
The company had even prepared a list of selected members to graduate from the group. However, no members were taken out and a thirteenth was added in May 2006. The lineup project was abandoned then and the group became known only as “Super Junior” without the “05” suffix.
On May 23, 2006, SM revealed its 13th member Kyuhyun, who was discovered through a competition in 2005.
They released their single “U” online for free download on May 25, 2006, on their official website. “U” turned out to be a hit, having around 400 thousand downloads during the first 5 hours of its release and then reaching 1 million, causing the servers to crash.
Super Junior M
In late 2007, Donghae was put into Super Junior-M, a sub-unit of Super Junior dedicated 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. Super Junior-M made its debut in China on April 8, 2008, at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards this was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, “U.” This was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, “U”. Me in selected provinces in China on April 23 and May 2 in Taiwan.
In 2010, Donghae composed the music for “A Short Journey”, as a tribute to Kangin who was doing his military service. The song was released as part of the repackaged album by Bonamana called No Other.
Donghae sang “Dreams Come True” together with Seohyun of Girls’ Generation, the theme song for the eighth edition of the “Asia Song Festival”. the song was released as a digital single on October 11, 2011, with proceeds donated to Unicef to help children in African countries.
Donghae collaborated with One Way’s Chance to compose 4 songs: Strong Heart’s logo song, “Y” released on the 5th album Mr. Simple i Wanna Love You”, an exclusive song of the Supershow 3 Tour, and released within the Super Show 3 Tour Concert Album he also collaborated in the creation of ShimShimTampa Radio’s logo song. He collaborated with As One by helping to write the lyrics of “Only U” which was released as a digital single on January 16, 2012, and in which he participates as a rapper.
Donghae & Eunhyuk
On December 16, 2011, Donghae together with Eunhyuk released “Oppa Oppa” as a digital single, a song they performed on the Super Show 4 Tour dates.The song was also released in Japanese along with its music video on April 4, 2012.The duo held a fanmeeting on April 11, 2012, in Shiiuya-AX, Tokyo, to promote their single.The duo began their official activities as a new sub-unit on December 16, 2011, when they released “Oppa oppa. ” The song was also released in Japanese along with its music video on April 4, 2012.The duo held a fanmeeting on April 11, 2012, in Shiiuya-AX, Tokyo, to promote their single.The duo started their official activities as a new sub-unit on December 16, 2011, when they released “Oppa oppa.
SM The Perfomance
SM Entertainment announced the formation of a dance group called SM The Perfomance which consists of Donghae together with fellow group members Eunhyuk, Minho, and Taemin of SHINee, Yunho of TVXQ, Kai and Lay of EXO, for the performance of “Spectrum” at SBS Gayo Daejun, SBS channel’s year-end ceremony. The song “Spectrum” is a cover of the song of the same name by German DJ and producer Zedd. On December 30, 2012, SM Entertainment released the song as a digital single.
2006: Mystery 6 Debut and Key of Heart
Donghae made his first appearance as an actor in the horror documentary Mystery 6 the documentary focuses on Donghae and his peculiar ability to see and sense ghosts. In August 2006, Donghae participated in the Korean version of BoA’s music video “Key of Heart” where he plays the role of a human who turns into a cyborg.
2007: Attack on the Pin-Up Boys
Donghae’s official debut as an actor was in July 2007, with the release of Super Junior’s debut movie, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys where Donghae stars as classmate and close friend Kim Kibum, a high school student investigating a mysterious attack on young boys at various high schools in the city.
2010: It’s Okay Daddy Girl
In November 2010, Donghae appeared in the drama It’s Okay Daddy Girl, where he plays Choi Wook Gi, one of the three brothers of the Choi Family.
2011: Extravagant Challenge
In 2011, he starred in the Taiwanese drama Extravagant Challenge alongside his bandmate Siwon and actress Ivy Chen, the latter (drama) being an adaptation of the mangajapanese “Skip Beat!” created by Yoshiki Nakamura in 2002. On December 14, 2011, the three main characters attended the drama’s press conference held in Taipei.
2012: Miss Panda & Hedgehog and I AM
In May 2012, Donghae starred in the drama Miss Panda & Hedgehog, alongside actress Yoon Seung Ah, which aired via Channel A. The drama is a romantic comedy where Donghae stars as Ko Seung Gi, a grumpy pastry chef; while Yoon Seung Ah plays Pan Da Yang, owner of Café Panda. The drama reunited Donghae with Choi Jin Hyuk, an actor with whom he shared roles in It’s Okay Daddy Girl the first chapter was aired on August 18, 2012.
In mid-2012, he appeared as part of the cast of I AM. a biopic of SM TOWN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
2014: God’s Quiz 4
A drama about the process it takes to track down the mysterious deaths of Korea University’s elite doctors and unravel a mystery related to a rare disease, His character will play Han Shi Woo.
Donghae (Super Junior) Collaborations
- W-Foundation – Together as One (2016)
- “Dreams Come True” feat Seohyun (With UNICEF 2011 Asia Song Festival, 2010)
- “Happy Bubble” feat. Kyuhyun & Han Ji Min (2009)
Donghae (Super Junior) Music
Donghae (Super Junior) Advertisement
- 12 + Plus Miracle (with Kyuhyun )
- Red Cross (with Sung Min )
- Happy Bubble (with Kyuhyun and Han Ji Min)
- Heath Hunt
Donghae (Super Junior) Drama
- God’s Quiz 4 (OCN, 2014)
- Miss Panda & Hedgehog (Channel A, 2012)
- Extravagant Challenge (GTV, 2011)
- It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl (SBS, 2010)
- Stage of Youth (CCTV, 2009, cameo)
Donghae (Super Junior) Films
- SMTOWN The Stage (2015)
- Ready Action Youth /Segment: “The Rumor” (2014)
- Super Show 4 3D (2013)
- I AM (2012)
- SMTOWN Live in Tokyo Special Edition (2012)
- Super Show 3 3D (2011)
- Attack On The Pin-Up Boys (2007)
Donghae (Super Junior) Awards
Donghae (Super Junior) TV Programs
- Weekly Idol (MBCevery1) (24.02.2021) (Ep. 500, besides Shin Dong )
- Ask Us Anything Fortune Teller (KBS, 2019).
- Super TV (xtvN/tvN, 2018)
- Super Junior Returns (VLive, 2017)
- Running Man episode 376 (2017)
- Radio Star (MBC, 2015.07.15) – Next to Lee Teuk, Heechul, Ye Sung, Eun Hyuk and Siwon
- One Fine Day (MBC, 2014.12.31) – besides Leeteuk and Eun Hyuk
- A Song for You 3 (KBS, 2014, Ep. 14-15)
- Super Junior M’s Guest House (SBS, 2014-2015)
- Strongest Group/The Ultimate Group/最强天团 (Jiangsu TV, 2014.08.08).
- Star Life Theater (KBS, 2012)
- Saturday Night Live Korea 2 (tvN, 2012)
- The Beatles Code (Mnet, 2011, Ep. 53-54)
- We got married besides leeteuk and kang Sora
- Super Junior Foresight (MBC, 2011, Ep. 17)
- Let’s Go Dream Team 2 (KBS, 2010-2011, Ep. 33,41,42,98)
- Star Golden Bell 2 (KBS, 2010, Ep. 6)
- Night Star (KBS, 2010, Ep. 5)
- Come to Play (MBC, 2009-2011, Ep. 231,291,362)
- Star Golden Bell (KBS, 2009-2010, Ep. 231,236,272)
- Unbelievable Outing Season 3 (Comedy TV, 2008)
- Explorers of the Human Body (SBS, 2007-2008)
- Super Summer (Mnet, 2007) – besides Siwon and Kibum
- Super Junior Mini-Drama (Mnet, 2006)
- Super Junior Adonis c& (KM, 2006)
- Mystery 6 (Mnet, 2006)
- Super Junior Full House (SBS, 2006)
- Real Romance Love Letter 3 (SBS, 2006) – Next to Siwon
- Super Junior Show (KM, 2005-2006)
- Real Romance Love Letter 2 (SBS, 2005)
Donghae (Super Junior) TV Drama’s
- Don’t Go theme for Miss Panda & Hedgehog (2012)
- Plz Don’t theme for Miss Panda & Hedgehog (2012)
- This is Love (besides Henry Lau ) theme for Extravagant Challenge (2011)
- Just Like Now (besides Ryeowook ) theme for It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl (2010)