Kai (EXO, Super M) Facts
- Group: EXO
- Position: Dancer, Vocalist and Rapper.
- Symbol: Teleportation.
- Group: Super M
- Position: Dancer, Vocalist and Rapper.
- Former Project Groups:
- S.M. The Performance
- (Vocalist, Dancer and Maknae)
- Younique Unit
- (Maknae, Rapper, Dancer and Vocalist)
- S.M. The Performance
- Sunchonam Elementary School (Transferred)
- Gory Wool Elementary School (Graduate)
- Sunggok Junior High School (Transferred)
- Yangdong Junior High School (Graduate)
- Youngil High School (Transferred)
- Seoul Performing Arts High School Practical Dance Department (Graduate)
- Hobbies Dancing, playing with Leggos, watching horror movies
- Training 5 years (since 2007)
- Favorite color: Black, Red, Sky Blue
- Rolemodels: Michael Jackson and Shinhwa.
- Nicknames: Dance Machine, Dancing King
- Motto: “I’d rather bend than break.”
- Religion: Catholic
- He started dancing at the age of eight
- He took jazz dance and ballet classes since the third grade, which he learned while still in elementary school.
- It was accepted in SM Entertainment in 2007 in the “Best Youth Contest “ when he was still in sixth grade, but the agency told him to come back after two years because he was too young. Of course, he came back and started his life as an SM apprentice.
- He lived in Suncheon until elementary school, and lived in Seoul after he became a junior high school student due to problems in high school.
- He was the first member of EXO to be formally introduced to the public through video teasers. Being the image of the group in general, he was the one who participated in more than 50% of the group’s teasers, being the most popular member before his debut. Of the twenty-three teasers that EXO released, Kai participates in eight teasers individually and four with other members, which gave him 50% of the participation. Although he had many teasers, no one recognized him before his debut.
- He is part of a very close group of friends together with Tae Min from SHINee, Timoteo and Sung Woon from HOTSHOT and Ji Min from BTS they have shown their support for each other in very visible ways. On many occasions they have mentioned each other in interviews, participated in shows or performances together, referred to each other in their respective band’s album acknowledgements, and even supported each other by coming to each other’s concerts together. The group calls themselves “Parka Friendship” since they share a parka with a logo composed of their hands and have been trending on different portals when they meet Ravi from VIXX is very close to the group.
- He volunteered at RCY, a shelter for disabled children, played with them and cleaned the place.
- He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and piano, but he soon lost interest in both activities.
- It ranked #1 in a Top 5 made by Arirang of ‘Dancing Idols’ (2013).
- It ranked #1 in the Top 3 of the “Dancing Idols” made by Mnet (2014).
- He ranked #10 in the Top 10 of “Best Visual Male Idols” on Mnet’s ‘Super Idol Chart Show’ (2014).
- He ranked #8 in the Top 9 of “Idols who have the best figure” on Mnet’s ‘Super Idol Chart Show’ (2014).
- He ranked #3 in the Top 10 of “King of Dance” on Mnet’s ‘Super Idol Chart Show’ (2014).
- He ranked #8 in the Top 10 of “Idols with different image on and off stage” on Mnet’s ‘Super Idol Chart Show’ (2014).
- He ranked #6 in the Top 10 of “Idols with great self-discipline” on Mnet’s ‘Super Idol Chart Show’ (2014).
- He was the only EXO member to be selected to be a trainee through an audition.
- In March 2015 he created an Instagram account with the username “@kimkaaaaaaaaaaaa”, but after a while he decided to delete it.
- Unfortunately a day before (March 17, 2016) during the practices for the closing of his EXO’luXion concert tour (March 18 – 20) he injured his left ankle, which made it impossible for him to walk well and he had to use crutches. However he performed at the concerts having to remain seated on a chair at the side of the stage and singing.
- On April 1, 2016, local news outlet Dispatch reported that Kai was reportedly dating Krystal from F (x) they met about 10 years ago, in 2007 when they were apprentices and began their romantic relationship in the spring of 2016. SM Entertainment has confirmed that the two artists are dating “having been interested in each other recently after being friends.”
- He did not participate in the promotion of the album “Lotto” due to his ankle injury.
- He was ranked #44 in the TOP of the most beautiful faces in the world by the magazine TC Candler 2016.
- On June 1, 2017, it was reported that Kai and Krystal from F (x) they would have ended their relationship after a little more than a year of dating SM Entertainment has confirmed the news.
- On May 8, 2018 SM Entertainment reported that EXO’s Kai’s father Kai had passed away; a statement from a source expressed: “Kai’s father passed away yesterday due to a chronic illness. Kai is currently in the wake and the funeral will be held quietly with family and relatives. We ask for your consideration, so that the family can mourn the passing of his father. “.
- On January 1, 2019, it was revealed by the news outlet Dispatch that Kai was in a relationship with Jennie from BLACKPINK this was later confirmed by his agency.
- He made an appearance in ep 11 of Under Nineteen.
- On January 25, 2019, SM Entrertainment confirmed that it terminated its relationship with Jennie from BLACKPINK as they need to concentrate more on their work.
- In October 2020 he became the first male muse for makeup brand Bobbi Brown.
- On November 11, it was announced that he would be making his debut as a solo artist.
- His first mini album “KAI” reached No.1 in 50 countries on iTunes, and No.1 in Chinese QQ Music and Kogou Music charts, in less than 24 hours & NO.1 in Chinese music chart ‘QQ Music, Kogou Music’ KAI to demonstrate his strong global power! #카이 #KAI #엑소 #EXO #weareoneEXO #开
- “KAI” has been certified Platinum in Gaon for selling more than 250,000 units.
- “Peaches” has been certified Platinum in Gaon for selling more than 250,000 units.
Kai was born on January 14, 1994, in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. He started dancing when he was eight years old, originally jazz style dancing, but after watching The Nutcracker he began training in ballet while in the third grade. He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and piano.
Kai was recruited in 2007 by SM Entertainment in the “10th Best Youth Contest”. in elementary school (2nd grade), he began learning to dance jazz and ballet. He began to dream of becoming a ballet dancer, but after watching Shinhwa he auditioned in elementary school (6th grade) but was told to come back two years later because he was too young.
Of course he came back, in middle school he passed the auditions becoming a trainee in eighth grade and debuted at five years of training. He began training in hip-hop after joining SM Entertainment kai graduated from Seoul School of the Arts in February 2012.
Kai was the first EXO member to be officially introduced to the public through teasers.
Her first teaser was released on December 23, 2011. he appeared in 12 of the 21 teasers released over the next three months, and had his first television appearance alongside members of EXO Lu Han, Chen and Z.Tao as well as other artists from SM Entertainment at the year-end music program SBS Gayo Daejeon on December 29, 2011.
In October 2012, Kai participated in the promotion group Younique Unit along with label mates Eunhyuk, Henry, Hyoyeon, Taemin and Luhan. The group released a single titled ‘Maxstep’. as part of the collaboration between SM Entertainment and Hyundai.Later, in December 2012, he participated in the special group, S. M. the performance of his label mates along with Yunho, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Taemin, Minho and Lay.The group released ‘Spectrum’. a song produced by Zedd.
In August 2014, Kai was featured in the song ‘Pretty Boy’. of the debut mini-album by the member of SHINee, Taemin in January 2016, he made his official acting debut as the male lead in the web drama Choco Bank the drama broke viewing records.
2020: Debut as Soloist
On July 3 the news website News1 reported that Kai would be preparing for his solo debut this year. In response to that announcement SM Entertainment released an official statement: “Kai is preparing his Solo Album, we will announce the dates when it is finalized”.
Finally on November 11, it was announced through EXO’s various social networks that Kai would be debuting his First Mini Album accompanied by a teaser image.
2021: Return with ‘Peaches’.
On November 11, SM Entertainment announced that Kai would be making his first comeback as a solo artist with his mini album ‘Peaches’ and it would be released on November 30.
Kai (EXO, Super M) Advertisement
- 2020: Hyundai Tucson (together with KARINA )
- Taemin – Pretty Boy (2014)
- SM The Performance – Spectrum (2012)
- MAXSTEP – Younique Album (together with Eun Hyuk, Henry Lau, Taemin Hyo Yeon, and Lay ) (2012)
- 2021: SMTOWN LIVE “Culture Humanity” (01.01.2021)
Kai (EXO, Super M) Drama
- The Miracle We Met (KBS2, 2018)
- Haru ga Kita (WOWOW, 2018)
- Andante (KBS2, 2017)
- 7 First Kisses (Naver TV, 2016-2017)
- Choco Bank (Naver TV, 2016)
- EXO Next Door (Naver TV, 2015)
Kai (EXO, Super M) Awards
- 2021 Asian Pop Music Awards: People’s Choice Award (Overseas) (by Mmmh)
- 2021 Asian Pop Music Awards: Best Male Artist (Overseas)
- 2018 StarHub Best Asian Drama Awards: Social Voting Award
Kai (EXO, Super M) Radio Programs
- Kim Chang Ryul’s Old School (15.06.2015, besides Chanyeol and Suho)
- Youngstreet (23.04.2015 besides Chen and Chan Yeol )
- 2O’ clock Date (10.01.2014, besides Byun Baek Hyun )
- (KBS) Cool FM Jang Yoonju’s Rooftop (09.01.2014, besides Chanyeol)
- (KBS) Kiss The Radio (07.11.2013, with Su Ho as special DJs)
- (KBS) “Kiss The Radio” (12.09.2013, besides Xiumin)
- FM4U Midday Hopeful Song (08/29/2013, besides Lu Han Chanyeol, Kris, Suho, Byun Baek Hyun, Chen and Tao).
Kai (EXO, Super M) TV Programs
- (Netflix) New World (2021)
- (TvN) Honey Moon Tavern (July 2021)
- (MBC) I Live Alone (20.11.2020)
- (TvN) Amazing Saturday (20.11.2020)
- (TvN) Amazing Saturday (September 2020 together with Baekhyun and Chanyeol )
- (MBC) Under Nineteen ep. 11 (2019)
- (JTBC) Knowing Bros episode 208 (22.12.2019 together with Chen, Suho, Chanyeol, Sehun and Baekhyun )
- (JTBC) Knowing Bros episode 159 (22.12.2018 together with EXO except Lay )
- (JTBC) Knowing Bros episode 85 (22.07.2017 together with EXO except Lay )
- (MBC) EXO music Bank Stardust 2 (15.06.2016, besides EXO )
- (SBS) Oh My Baby
- (Arirang) After School Club (23.06.2015, with Baekhyun)
- (Mnet) 4 Things Show (19.08.2014)
- [SBS) Running Man (17.08.2014, with Sehun)
- [SBS) Special “Determination: 10,000 hours” (16.02.2014, besides Lee Tae Min and U-Know Yunho)
- (MBC) We Got Married (07.12.2013, with Suho as guest)
- [KBS) Hello Counselor (14.10.2013, besides Lay, IU & K.Will )
- (SBS) Running Man (11.10.13 ,all EXO with Ryu Hyun Jin)
- (KBS2) The human condition (05.10.2013, cameo besides Xiumin, Suho, Luhan and Sehun)
- [Mnet) Dancing 9 (28.09.2013, besides Lay and Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation )
- (MBC) Idol Championship (18.09.2013, besides Suho, Baekhyun, Sehun, Kris, Xiumin, Luhan and Tao).
- (KBS2) Immortal Song 2 (14.09. 2013, besides Lay, Sehun, D.O, Baekhyun, Luhan, Chen and Xiumin)
- (KBS2) Immortal Song 2 (31.08.2013, together with Baekhyun, D.O, Sehun, Xiumin, Lay and Chen).
- (25.08.13)EXO China Love Big Concert,together with all EXO
- (KBS) Super Dog (17.08.13, Xiumin, Kris, Luhan, Suho, D.O and Baekyun).
- (SBS) Inkigayo (11.08.13, as special MC).
- (SBS) Star King (06.07.13, June to Luhan, Xiumin, Suho, Baekhyun and Sehun).
- (Mnet) Beatles Code 2 (01.07.13, together with Luhan, Chen, Chanyeol and Suho).
- (SBS) Inkigayo (27.05.12, as special MC).