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Minho (SHINee)

Weight: 64 kg
Height: 181 cm
Real name: 최민호 / Choi Min Ho
Date of Birth: December 9, 1991

Minho (SHINee)

About Minho (SHINee)

Minho (SHINee) Facts

  • Groups SHINee
    • Position: Rapper, Vocalist and Dancer.
  • Group Projects:
    • S.M. The Performance
  • Education:
    • Konkuk University (Art and film).
  • Languages Korean (native language), Japanese (advanced), Chinese (intermediate) and English (basic).
  • Religion Christian.
  • Favorite Artists: Justin Timberlake and Usher.
  • Hobbies Singing, writing rap, watching movies, soccer, basketball and taking pictures.
  • Nicknames: Flaming Charisma, Frog Prince Minho.
  • During 2006 and 2007 Minho lived in Beijing to learn Mandarin Chinese.
  • Once, he gave a fan his cell phone number for his to call him.
  • He won the 2011 Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championship in the swimming pool.
  • Participated in “2013 Asian Dream Cup”, a charity soccer event held at Shanghai Stadium on June 23, 2013, where JS Foundation will donate the proceeds of this soccer match to the Sichuan earthquake affected areas.
  • Before his debut, he participated in Andre Kim and Lee Sang Bong’s fashion shows and Ha Sang Baek’s “Seoul Collection F/W 08-09″ show in March 2008.
  • He ranked #5 in the Top5 of “The most handsome members of KPop male groups” of Showbiz Korea’s Arirang Channel’s Showbiz Korea poll.
  • Minho confessed that he had to learn to smoke to perfectly play the character in his previous film, a teenage runaway who drank and smoked on occasion, and said it was really hard to quit when filming was over.
  • Minho recently gave an interview and a photographic report to the magazine Cosmopolitan the handsome idol posed with the autumn/winter 2014 collection from Carte Blanche in Helsinki, Finland, for the session. Minho commented “I used to be the type to fall asleep as soon as I lay down, but these days I have a lot of thoughts before I go to sleep. I think about my life in contrast as SHINee’s Minho and as a 24-year-old.I think thoughts like ‘What am I missing’ and ‘I should act more mature’…It’s been years since I debuted. I think the years go by very quickly. Because I started working while so young, I feel like I’ve been running around without interruptions. I haven’t had much time to look around me…I think I can give myself opportunities to grow more mature if I make time for myself, no matter how busy I am. I have decided I want my future to be more fruitful, but I also want to live a bright life that’s appropriate for my age.”
  • Next to Key and Jonghyun, created the lyrics of the song “Don’t let me go” from SHINee’s 5th album 1of1.
  • He was chosen as one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” by VOGUE magazine after stealing Melania Trump’s attention when he visited South Korea.
  • It was decided that Minho’s fan signing gathering on the 23rd at Lotte World Tower in Seoul for K2 was canceled in light of the tragic death of fellow SHINee Jonghyun on December 18, 2017. Minho was supposed to sign autographs and take photos with 100 fans who signed up for the event.
  • Next to Key participated in the creation of the rap for the song “Good evening” from the 6th album by SHINee The Story Of Light.
  • He had his first solo fanmeetings tour in Asia, “The Best Choi’s Minho”, the confirmed cities were: Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok and Taipei. This tour started on February 16, 2019. Another fanmeeting was announced, in Seoul on March 30, to conclude his first Asia tour “The Best CHOI’s MINHO”.
  • Participated in writing the rap for his solo song ‘I’m Home’ for SM ‘STATION’ 3
  • Minho released his first solo song ‘I’m Home’ on March 28 through the SM STATION series, and the song topped the iTunes single chart in 10 countries in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Singapore. Thailand, Philippines, Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka.
  • On March 21, 2019, it was released that he received his acceptance to join the Marine Corps. He will enlist at the Marine Corps training center located in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province. On April 15, 2019, he enlisted for military service in the Marines. On November 15, 2020, he completed his mandatory military service.
  • On February 4, it was confirmed that the drama Lovestruck in the City will be extended by one episode, ep. 17, which will show the additional story of the romance of Oh Dong Shik, a character Minho played.

About Choi Min Ho


Born on December 09, 1991 in Incheon, South Korea, he comes from a wealthy family and his family consists of his father (former soccer player and coach of the K Daejun soccer league), mother and older brother.

He was discovered by an agent of SM Entertainment on the street in 2006. Before making his debut, he participated in Andre Kim and Lee Sang Bong’s fashion shows and Ha Sang Baek’s “Seoul Collection F/W 08-09″ show in March 2008.

SHINee was kept secret until May 18, 2008, when the introduction of the new group surfaced in various articles on the Internet. However, some band members had already made small appearances without alerting the media about a new group. Jonghyun, for example, lent his voice in a duet with Liyin Zhang in “Wrongly Given Love” (Chinese: 交错的爱, pinyin Gyo cuòjeog ài), which was recorded on Zhang Liyin’s first Chinese album. Minho appeared in Sangbaek on May 19, 2008, a claim for the debut of the music group, a video appeared on their official website. The video was released on May 22, 2008 and their first mini-album on May 23, 2008. Ha Baek Sang was appointed as their official designer, he created the fashion called “Shinee Trend” on May 18, 2008, articles started to spread on the internet about the debut of a new group called SHINee. The next day, an announcement about their debut appeared on their official website creating curiosity and euphoria among KPOP fans. The teaser of their first single “누난너무예뻐 (Replay)” was released the same day on their official website.


SHINee debuted with an appearance on SBS’s “Inkigayo” on May 25, 2008, performing their 1st single, Replay (누난 너무 예뻐) and their popularity was instant, the group swept many awards New Artist. His first appearance on a music program was on May 22, 2008 on M! Countdown. On June 7, SHINee held the Dream Concert at Seoul Olympic Stadium, along with other Korean popular stars such as Epik High, Girls Generation, Super Junior, TVXQ and Wonder Girls. The group members have also been on various radio shows, such as KBS Super Junior Kiss the Radio (a radio show hosted by Super Junior members Leeteuk and Eunhyuk). SHINee visited other radio stations, hosted by other Super Junior members, such as “Shindong ‘s Stop the Boring Time” and “Sungmin’ s Reckless Radio”, where they performed some of their songs. They have also made many performances in various TV shows, including Star King and Star Golden Bell. SHINee received the “Rookie of the Month” at the Cyworld award, nine days after his debut at the 2008 MNet 20’s Choice Award which won the “Hot New Star” award. SHINee launched its.

SM &The &Performance

SM The Performance was created with the best dancers of SM Entertainment, with the purpose of promoting great performances. They promoted the single “Spectrum” (with the Instrumental Sound of the original song by Dj Zedd, original author of the theme).


He is known to have written and co-written many of the raps for SHINee’s songs. For the initial albums he worked together with JQ, a composer from SM.

In his first studio album The SHINee World he helped write the raps for “Replay”, “Love Like Oxygen”, “Love’s Way”, “One for Me”, “Graze” and “Best Place”.

In 2009, for the second mini album Romeo he co-wrote “Talk to You”, “Juliette”, “Hit me” and “Romeo + Juliette”. For the third mini album, he co-wrote “Talk to You”, “Juliette”, “Hit me” and “Romeo + Juliette”. 2009, Year of Us he along with his bandmate Key and JQ wrote the song “Get Down”.

In his second studio album Lucifer released in July 2010, he wrote the raps for “Up & Down” (featuring his bandmate Jonghyun), “Obsession” (also written by Jonghyun), “Your Name” (written by his bandmate Onew), and co-wrote the song “WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW” with JQ. On the repackaged album, he wrote the song “WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW” with JQ. Hello he wrote the rap for the song “Hello”, and co-wrote the raps for “One” and “Get it”.

He is also credited with creating the raps for the songs “Better”, “To your heart” and “Stranger” from his first Japanese studio album called First launched in December 2011.

For the group’s fourth mini album Sherlock released in March 2012, he wrote the raps for the songs “Alarm clock” and “Honesty” (written by Jonghyun).

For the third studio album Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me minho wrote the raps for the songs “Shine” (Medusa I), “Music Box”, “Excuse Me Miss” and “Can’t Leave” (Sleepless Night).

Personal life

In 2008, it was the third “International Youth Video Festival”, where he was appointed as Goodwill Ambassador together with his group mate, Key. Minho was appointed as ambassador of Konkuk University in 2010.

He graduated from Konkuk University Affiliated High School on February 10, 2010. After taking the college entrance exam the previous year, he was admitted in 2010 to Konkuk’s part-time entrance for Arts and Culture major film where he is attending. His father, Choi Yun-Gyeom, is a well-known South Korean soccer coach. He has an older brother named Choi Minseok.

In March 2010, he was injured during the filming of the movie Dream Team Season 2. he had to withdraw from his activities, while his bandmate Taemin replaced him in the program during his absence. After his recovery, Minho finally returned in August 2010 to promote the activities of SHINee’s second album “Lucifer”.

On May 23, 2011, he was appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Youth of 2011. they were then presented with a plaque at the Youth Week celebration held at the COEX auditorium.

2019: Participation in SM STATION with “I’m Home”.

On March 18, Min Ho announced that he would release his first solo song “I’m Home” through SM Entertainment’s digital music channel SM STATION. The song will be released on March 28 at 6 PM KST.

“I’m Home” is an R&B track talks about wanting to be uplifted in the loneliness of everyday life. Minho proves to be a versatile singing and rapping artist. He wrote the lyrics to the rap himself.

Min Ho spoke about the song saying “Sometimes when I felt tired from work, the time I spent at home alone was precious, but even in those precious moments I felt empty.When I listened to the song I felt those feelings of emptiness were erased.For those who hesitate whether to ask someone how they are doing, I want you to listen to this song and gather some courage.”.

Military Service

He joined the Marine Corps on April 15, 2019 for his mandatory military enlistment and was discharged on November 14, 2020.

Minho (SHINee) Advertisement

  • 2011: Auction
  • 2012: SK Telecom LTE (with Yoona, Kyuhyun and Sulli)
  • 2013: Our home Rice Pasta
  • 2016: K’hawah Coffee
  • 2017: K2
  • 2017: Andew
  • 2018 Korea Sale Festa

Minho (SHINee) Collaborations

Minho (SHINee) Music


He helped to write:


  • SHINee – Chemistry (Track for Studio album: The Story of Light EP.2)
  • SHINee – Good Evening (together with Key ) (Track for Studio album: The Story of Light EP.1


  • SHINee – U Need Me (Track for Studio album: 1 of 1)
  • SHINee – Don’t Let Me Go [Rap] (together with Key ) (Track for Studio album: 1 of 1)
  • SHINee – Don’t Stop (along with Key and Kim Jong Hyun ) (Track for Studio album: 1 of 1)
  • SHINee – Lipstick (Track for Studio album: 1 of 1)


  • SHINee – Can’t Leave (together with Changmin ) (Track for Album; Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me)
  • SHINee – Excuse Me Miss (Track for Album; Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me)
  • SHINee – Music Box (together with Kim Jong Hyun ) (Track for Album; Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me)
  • SHINee – Aside (Track para Album; Chapter 1. Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You)
  • SHINee – Shine (Track for Album; Chapter 2. Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me)
  • SHINee – Dynamite (Track for Album; Chapter 1. Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You)
  • SHINee – Beautiful (Track para Album; Chapter 1. Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You)
  • SHINee – Dream Girl (Track for Album; Chapter 1. Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You)
  • SHINee – Girls, Girls, Girls (together with Key ) (Track for Album; Chapter 1. Dream Girl – The Misconceptions of You)


  • SHINee – Stranger (Track for EP; Sherlock)
  • SHINee – Honesty (together with Kim Jong Hyun ) (Track for EP; Sherlock)
  • SHINee – Alarm Clock (together with Kim Jong Hyun ) (Track for EP; Sherlock)


  • SHINee – Get It [Rap] (along with Key ) (2010) (Track for Album; Lucifer)
  • SHINee – Hello [Rap] (Lead single for Shinee album: Hello Repackage)
  • SHINee – Wowowow (Track for Album; Lucifer)
  • SHINee – Obsession [Rap] (together with Kim Jong Hyun ) (Track for Album; Lucifer)
  • SHINee – One [Rap] (Track for Album; Lucifer (Repackage)
  • SHINee – Up & Down [Rap] (with Kim Jong Hyun ) (Track for Album; Lucifer)
  • SHINee – Your Name (together with Onew ) (Track for Album; Lucifer)


  • SHINee – Get Down feat. Moon f (x) (together with Key ) (2009) (Track for EP: 2009, Year of Us)
  • SHINee – Juliette (together with Kim Jong Hyun ) (Lead single for EP: Romeo)

Concert in hologram

  • Girl Story (2015)
  • Choi Minho fan meetings “Best CHOI’s MINHO” 2019
    • 16 February – Seoul, South Korea – snagmyung art center gydanghall
    • 23 and 24 February – Tokyo, Japan – Musashino Forest Sports Plaza Main Arena
    • 2 March – Bangkok, Thailand – Thunder Dome
    • March 3 – Taipei, Taiwan – Taipei International Convention Center
  • Choi Minho fan meetings tour encore “Best CHOI’s MINHO” 2019
    • march 30 – Seoul, South Korea – Korea University hwajeong tiger dome

Minho (SHINee) Drama

  • The Fabulous (Netflix, 2022)
  • Yumi’s Cells (tvN/TVING, 2021) Special appearance
  • Lovestruck in the City (Kakao TV, 2020) cameo
  • The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World (tvN, 2017)
  • Somehow 18 (jTBC, 2017).
  • Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (KBS2, 2016)
  • Drinking Solo (tvN, 2016) cameo
  • Mrs. Cop 2 (SBS, 2016) cameo
  • Because It’s The First Time (OnStyle, 2015)
  • Medical Top Team (MBC, 2013)
  • Lee Soon Shin is the Best (KBS2, 2013) cameo
  • To the Beautiful You (SBS, 2012)
  • Salamander Guru and the Shadows (SBS, 2012)
  • Pianist (KBS, 2010)
  • My Precious Child (KBS2, 2008) cameo


  • In 2011, he was named Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011.
  • In 2014, Minho and Yoona were named Ambassadors for UNICEF’s Unihero “Giving Hope to Children” campaign
  • In 2014, Minho was listed among the top Korean stars, receiving 300 million won as his annual advertising fee.
  • In 2016, Minho was part of UNICEF’s #IMAGINE campaign , which was first launched in November 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • In November 2017, Choi, along with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, attended the “Girls Play 2” campaign at the U.S. Embassy in Korea, an event organized to promote the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • In July 2021, he was chosen by the Korea Professional Football Federation as its ambassador.

Minho (SHINee) Films

  • The Battle of Jangsari (2019)
  • Jin raw (2018)
  • Marital Harmony (2018)
  • Derailed (2016)
  • Spring Granny (2016)
  • SMTOWN The Stage (2015)
  • I AM (2012)

Minho (SHINee) Awards

  • SBS Entertainment Awards: Variety New Star Award
  • SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award (To the Beautiful You)
  • MBC Idol Star Olympics: Hurdles (110 m)
  • MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award
  • MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award


  • Indonesian Television Awards Special Award
  • Asia Star Awards: Face of Asia Award
  • Asia Artist Awards Asia Brilliant Award
  • 40th Golden Cinema Film Festival special Jury Award

Minho (SHINee) Radio Programs

  • Free Hug (Naver NOW, 2021) (04.06.2021)
  • Volume Up (KBS Cool FM, 2021) (04.03.2021) together with Onew
  • Heechul’s Youngstreet Radio (2010)
  • Super Junior’s Kiss the Radio ‘Sukira’ (2010)
  • Taeyeon’s Chin Chin Radio (2009)
  • Shindong and Shinyoung’s ShimShimTapa Radio (2008 – 2009)

Minho (SHINee) TV Programs

  • Amazing Saturday (tvN, 2021, Ep.149) together with Onew
  • Wild Idol (MBC, 2021, trainer)
  • Merseon 129 (Cocoa Tv, 2021, Ep. 21)
  • Let’s play basketball (JTBC, 2021, Ep. 19)
  • Son Hyun Joo’s Simple Station (MBC, 2021)
  • Alumni’s travel (TV Chosun, 2021, Ep. 96)
  • My little old boy (SBS, 2021, Ep. 225)
  • Problem Child in House (KBS, 2021, Ep. 118)
  • Where is my home (MBC, 2021, Ep. 97) besides Key
  • Jessi’s Showterview (SBS, 18.02.2021) (Ep. 38)
  • Law of the Jungle – Pioneers (SBS, 2021)
  • The return of Superman (KBS, 2021, Ep. 369)
  • Idol Star Athletics Championships (MBC, 2021, special edition)
  • The Devil wears Jung Nam (tvN, 2021, Ep 7)
  • Amazing Saturday (tvN, 2018, Ep.29)
  • The Return of Superman (KBS, 2018, Ep. 249-251)
  • Unexpected Q (MBC, 2018, Ep.7)
  • Life Bar (tvN,2018, Ep.76) Along with Key
  • Please Take Care of My Refrigerator (JTBC, 2018, Ep.184-185)
  • Knowing Bros (JTBC, 2018, Ep.132) Along with. Key
  • Those Who Cross The Line (MBC, 2018, Ep.9-11)
  • Abnormal Summit (JTBC, 2017, Ep.172) besides. Taemin
  • Let’s Eat Dinner Together (JTBC, 2017, Ep.45)
  • Wednesday Food Talk (tvN, 2017, Ep.119)
  • The Return of Superman (KBS, 2017, Ep.180)
  • 1 Night 2 Days (KBS, 2016, Ep.475-476).
  • My last 48 hours (tvN, 2016)
  • Trick & True (KBS, 2016, Ep.2)
  • Running Man (SBS, 2016, Ep.323)
  • Problematic Men (tvN, 2016, Ep.82)
  • Running Man (SBS, 2015, Ep.254)
  • Abnormal Summit (JTBC, 2015, Ep.47) Along with. Onew
  • Quiz show 1 vs 100 (KBS2, 2015)
  • Fluttering India (KBS, 2015) Along with Max Chang Min, Kyuhyun, Lee Jong Hyun, Sunggyu and Su Ho
  • Running Man (SBS, 2014, Ep.201)
  • Cool Kiz on the Block – The Cool Kiz Soccer Team! (KBS,2014)
  • Idol Star Championships (MBC, 2014)
  • Show! Music Core (MBC, 2013-2015, as MC)
  • Star Diving Show Splash (2013)
  • Korean Music Wave in Bangkok (2013, MC)
  • Running Man (SBS, 2013, Ep.129)
  • Mamma Mia! (KBS, 2013, MC)
  • Running Man (SBS, 2012, Ep.75)
  • Oh My School (2011)
  • Invincible Youth (KBS, 2011, Ep.6)
  • Let’s Go Dream Team (KBS, 2010-2013)
  • Honey Pot (2010, MBC)
  • Hello Baby! 2 (KBS, 2010) Along with SHINee

Minho (SHINee) Music Videos

  • Girls Generation – “Gee” (2010) (Japanese version)
  • Girls Generation – “Gee” (2009) (Korean version)
  • VNT &- “Sound” (2010)
  • ROMEO – Miro (2016)

Minho (SHINee) is a member of:



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