Lee Hyuk-jae (hangul: 이혁재; hanja: 李赫宰; born April 4, 1986), better known by his stage name Eunhyuk, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer and actor. He is a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and their subgroups, Super Junior-T and Super Junior-H. In 2011, he joined Super Junior's Mandopop subgroup, Super Junior-M and the duo Donghae & Eunhyuk; active in China and Japan respectively.
Eunhyuk was born Lee Hyuk-jae in Goyang, South Korea. Raised in a family that struggled financially, he was interested in street performing as a child. Inspired by the likes of H.O.T's, Jang Woo-hyuk, Michael Jackson and singer-dancer Yoo Seung-jun, Eunhyuk trained himself at a young age. In junior school he started a dance crew, 'SRD', which stood for Song Rap and Dance. The group consisted of him and his childhood friends Kim Junsu, Hwang Tae Jun, and Choi Min Seok. The crew's popularity prospered in their hometown; and when SRD appeared in a local newspaper, it was then that Eunhyuk cemented his dream to become a singer/performer.
In 1999, together with Junsu he auditioned for SM Entertainment through the company's Starlight Casting System at age 13. However he failed the audition in 1999 and entered again the following year and got in as a trainee. He began training in singing, dancing, acting, and had brief Mandarin Chinese language courses. He was additionally scouted with an interview offer from a top modelling agency in Seoul, yet declined due to contract issues. In the midst of trainee life in 2000, he reached SM's master dance class and won the Goyang city-wide dance competition in 2000. In 2002, Eunhyuk, Kim Junsu, and another trainee Sungmin were placed in a project R&B group. A year later, the group along with three future members from TRAX (Jay Kim, No Minwoo, Kang Jungwoo) made a brief appearance in a show called Heejun vs. Kangta, Battle of the Century: Pop vs. Rock, in which Moon Hee-joon and Kangta taught them techniques on different types of singing. In 2003 the trio disbanded when Junsu went on to debut as a member of TVXQ. Eunhyuk and Sungmin were then placed in another project group with ten additional male trainees, Super Junior 05, the first generation of rotational boy band Super Junior.
2005–2006: Debut with Super Junior
Eunhyuk officially debut as part of 12-member project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. Notwithstanding plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009. Through their first official album, Eunhyuk helped produce as a lyricist and wrote the rap lyrics for a majority of Super Junior's songs. The rap lyrics to "Show Me Your Love" from the winter single with TVXQ was written by him, along with Heechul and Shindong, and "One Love", which became his solo performance in Super Junior's first concert, Super Show.
2006–2009: MC-ing, sub-groups, variety shows
Eunhyuk was partnered with band mate Leeteuk as radio DJs for KBS Super Junior's Kiss The Radio (aka SUKIRA) starting on 21 August 2006. With the exception of four months from March to June 2011, where band mate Yesung temporarily replaced Eunhyuk, while he was away on promotional activities for Super Junior-M's third EP Perfection.
Eunhyuk replaced Kangin as MC on Mnet's music programme M! Countdown in late 2006. He hosted with band mates Leeteuk and Shindong for two years and four months. In February 2007, Eunhyuk was placed in the trot-singing sub group Super Junior-T and released the single Rokkugo. A year later, he became a member of Super Junior-H.
From 2009, along with Leeteuk and Shindong, Eunhyuk was cast as a panel for Star King. In the midst of Super Junior's growing popularity through their third studio album Sorry, Sorry, Eunhyuk became a variety member of Strong Heart, where they hosted special segment, Boom Academy with comedian Boom. He became a member on KBS' Dream Team, an athletic competition show and guested on Intimate Note, Fantasy Couple, Miracle and Introduce The Star's Friend. Super Junior's prominence nationally and overseas lead them to their second concert tour, Super Show II and line-ups in 2009 Asia Song Festival, Dream Concert, and premium live events in Japan, Singapore, and Thailand. It was then that Sorry, Sorry became critically and commercially successful hit in Asia; the first occasion in which the group won top honour at all of the local end-of-the-year music awards.
2010–2011: Musical theatre and album releases
On 26 February 2010, Eunhyuk was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza, but was set to seem as a guest at label mate Girls' Generation's Into the New World encore concert in Seoul, hence had to pull out and was replaced by band mates Leeteuk and Heechul. Super Junior released their fourth studio album, Bonamana, with similar success in Korea, sweeping awards in music programmes after the release date. Their follow-up song, Boom Boom, was choreographed by Eunhyuk and performed on music programmes Inkigayo and Music Core. On October 8, 2010, the digital single 'Angel' for HARU OST was released, with Eunhyuk featuring a rap verse.
In 2011, Eunhyuk, along with Sungmin was placed two new members of Super Junior-M. On 27 September 2011, he along with Yesung and Shindong filled in for bandmate Heechul, who enlisted for mandatory military service on 1 September, throughout the performance on Music Bank and Show! Music Core of Kim Jang-hoon latest single, "Breakups are So Like Me". Heechul is featured in the song and starred in the music video, which was completed the day before he enlisted. Mr. Simple, Super Junior's award winning fifth studio album, was promoted heavily with Eunhyuk participating in much of the album's production through choreography, and rap lyrics for the track, Oops. The album sold over 500,000 units and won the Disk Daesang Award at the 26th Golden Disk Awards and twenty-first Seoul Music Awards, as well as Album of the year at the thirteenth Mnet Asian Music Awards. The album is listed as the second best-selling album as of the year 2011.
In November, Eunhyuk made his musical theatre debut in Fame, where he played Tyrone Jackson, along with Tiffany of Girls' Generation, Son Ho Young, Lina of The Grace and Kim Jung Mo of TRAX. It was on at the Woori Financial Art Hall from 25 November 2011 to 29 January 2012. It was announced on 30 November 2011 that after five years, he and Leeteuk would leave Super Junior's Kiss the Radio and was replaced by fellow members, Sungmin and Ryeowook on 4 December 2011.
2011–2012: Oppa, Oppa and comeback with Super Junior
On 16 December 2011 Eunhyuk and Donghae released digital single Oppa, Oppa, where they first performed it at Super Junior's Super Show 4 Seoul concert on 19 November 2011. This marks the first release of their collaborations. The single was additionally released in Japanese with an original Japanese music video on 4 April 2012. On the day of its release, it reached number two on Oricon Daily Chart with 42,114 copies sold. While additionally preparing for Super Junior's first world tour Super Show 4, the pair held a fan meeting, Premium Mini Live Event, in support of the single on 11 April at Shibuya-AX, Tokyo.
Eunhyuk is MC for MBC every1's Super Junior Foresight, along with fellow members Leeteuk, Kyuhyun, Yesung and Shindong. From 23 March 2012, he took over as MC for the last three live shows of singing-survival programme Great Birth 2, better known as MBC Star Audition, on MBC. As of the 10 April 2012 broadcast, following the change in MCs and the departure of Shindong from Strong Heart, the show was re-vamped with Leeteuk and Eunhyuk billed as two of the 'six-fixed guests'.
In June 2012, Eunhyuk reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single released on 4 July. On 21 June 2012, the first teaser photo of Eunhyuk was released showing him in a white shirt, blue jeans, styled with a mullet-like hairstyle and blindfolded with white and pink flowers. In October SM Entertainment and Hyundai partnered up to release the "Maxstep" featuring Eunhyuk and additional SM artists Super Junior-M's Henry Lau, SHINee's Lee Taemin, EXO-K's Kai, EXO-M's Luhan and Girl's Generation's Hyoyeon. The group became the official dance unit; Younique Unit. The official cover of Zedd's Spectrum was released via SBS Gayo Daejeon held on December 29, 2012, with Eunhyuk featuring. The single was performed by the members of SM The Performance and additionally included Donghae, along with TVXQ's Yunho, Shinee's Taemin and Minho and EXO's Kai and Lay.
2013–2014: Comebacks with Super Junior-M, concerts, mini-albums
On January 7, 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down, along with the music video for the lead single of the same name. A press conference took place in Beijing on January 7. They promoted the album in China. After returning to Korea, Eunhyuk heavily participated in variety shows, Come to Play (놀러와) and Barefooted Friends. Because of conflicting schedules due to Super Show 5: World Tour, Eunhyuk withdrew from both programs. Super Junior held 28 shows in total from March 2013 to February 2014, and toured in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
In the midst of concerts, Eunhyuk returned to the studio for album recording. He and Donghae released I Wanna Dance on June 19, 2013 in Japan. The single peaked at #3 on both the Gaon and Oricon charts. Still You, the follow-up single, was released on December 18, 2013. Donghae & Eunhyuk then debuted their first studio album, Ride Me, on February 26, 2014 under Avex Trax. The song became the main theme of the Japanese TV show, 'Sukkiri' (爽快情報バラエティー スッキリ!!).
Eunhyuk returned to Super Junior-M promotions via Swing. The EP consists of six songs, which were released for digital download on March 21, 2014 in China and Taiwan by S.M. Entertainment. The group released the album in Korean music sites, such as MelOn, genie, Naver music and more, on March 31, 2014, and promoted on Korean music programs.
The first Japanese tour for sub-group Donghae & Eunhyuk, Super Junior D&E The first Japan Tour, kicked off in Nagoya on March 4, 2014. After touring numerous cities, he participated in a dance project with Beat Burger, entitled "Beat Burger Project x Eunhyuk". In August, the project released an official video, choreographed to Yoo Young Jin's song "Mo Jazzy".
In August 2014, it was announced that Eunhyuk and Super Junior would be making their comeback with the group's seventh album, Mamacita which was released online on August 29 and in stores on September 1. On the album, Eunhyuk contributed choreography to their second lead single, 'Shirt,' which received praises from Allkpop, "The track is one of the most energetic on the album beyond the title track." The group made their official comeback performance on the Korean music show Music Bank with the songs "Shirt" and "Mamacita" on August 29 and continued their promotions on Music Core, Inkigayo and M! Countdown while preparing for their new world tour Super Show 6 which would open on September 19 on Seoul.
2015–present: Comeback with Super Junior and sub-group
In February 2015, Donghae & Eunhyuk first Korean album, The Beat Goes On was released on March 9, 2015. The album had seven tracks, including the title song, "Growing Pains". On April 1, Donghae & Eunhyuk released first Japanese mini-EP called Present, which contained a total of eight songs including the lead title "Saturday Night". The duo kicked off its concert tour "Super Junior D&E The second Japan Tour" and "Super Junior-D&E Asia Tour" throughout April to August.
Super Junior special album, Devil was released on 16 July 2015 to celebrate the group's tenth anniversary. Eunhyuk participated in writing lyrics for song, "Alright".
On 19 April 2007, almost two months after Super Junior-T's release of their first single "Rokuko", Eunhyuk was involved in a car accident, along with Shindong, Leeteuk, Kyuhyun, and two managers, when returning home following a recording of the radio show Super Junior Kiss the Radio. While they were on the highway, the front left tyre burst as the driver was switching lanes and the van ran into the guard rail/median on the driver's side and skidded for about 30 metres. At a few point, the momentum caused the van to flip over on its right side. While Shindong and Eunhyuk suffered minor injuries, Leeteuk and Kyuhyun sustained more serious injuries, which required both to be hospitalized.
On 2 September 2015, SM Entertainment announced that Eunhyuk enlisted for active duty military service on 13 October 2015. He is to be discharged on July 12, 2017.
Lyrics and Composition
|2005||"Over"||Super Junior||Twins||rap lyrics|
|"Rock This House"|
|"Show Me Your Love"||TVXQ, Super Junior||Show Me Your Love||rap lyrics|
|2006||"U"||Super Junior||U - single|
|"Don't Go Away"|
|"First Express"||rap lyrics|
|"Kangin's Reckless Radio"||Super Junior||logo song|
|"Disco Drive"||Don't Don|
|"Sapphire Blue"||rap lyrics|
|"You're My Endless Love"|
|"Song for You"|
|"Marry U"||rap lyrics and co-written|
|2008||"Pajama Party"||Super Junior-H||Cooking? Cooking!||rap lyrics|
|"Sunny"||rap lyrics and co-written|
|"Good Luck!!"||rap lyrics|
|One Love||Eunhyuk with|
|Super Show||written and composed|
|2009||"Reset"||Super Junior||Sorry, Sorry||rap lyrics|
|"She Wants It"|
|"Shining Star"||rap lyrics|
|2010||"A Short Journey"||Bonamana||co-written|
|"No Other"||rap lyrics|
|"Here We Go"|
|"Shake It Up"||rap lyrics|
|"Boom Boom"||rap lyrics and choreography|
|"I Wanna Love You"||Super Junior|
Donghae & Eunhyuk
|Super Show 3|
|2012||"Only U"||As One||Only U - single||co-written|
|"Gulliver"||Super Junior||Sexy, Free & Single||lyrics|
|2013||"Say My Name"||Eunhyuk||Super Show 4|
Donghae, Siwon and Henry
|Super Show 5||co-written|
|"Still You"||Super Junior|
Donghae & Eunhyuk
|Still You - single||rap lyrics|
|2014||"Ride Me"||Ride Me|
|"Dear. Two"||Eunhyuk||Super Show 6||rap lyrics and choreography|
|2015||"Love That I Need"||Super Junior|
Donghae & Eunhyuk
|The Beat Goes On|
|"You Got It"||Eunhyuk with Leeteuk, Heechul,|
Yesung and Donghae
|2007||Attack on the Pin-Up Boys||꽃미남 연쇄 테러사건||also known as "Flower Boys"|
|2011||Super Show 3 3D||슈퍼쇼3||screening in select theatres|
|2012||I AM.||아이 엠.||directed by Choi Jin-sung|
|SMTOWN Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3D||에스엠타운 Live 2012||features SM Town artists|
|2013||Super Show 4 3D||슈퍼쇼4||screening in select theatres|
|2015||SM Town The Stage||features SM Town artists|
- 2005 - "Nonstop 6"
- 2006 - Mnet "Super Junior Mini-Drama"
- 2006 - "Rainbow Romance" (cameo - ep. 21)
- 2011 - "Dream High 2" (cameo - ep. 13)
- 2002: Battle of the Century: Pop vs. Rock - competition
- 2005-2006: KM Super Junior Show
- 2008: MBC Every1 Idol Show Season 1
- 2009-2011: KBS2 Let's Go Dream Team! Season 2 (Full-Season Competitor)
- 2009-2011: SBS Star King
- 2012: SBS Running Man (Guest) (ep 104)
- 2009-2013: SBS Strong Heart (Season 1)
- 2013: SBS Barefooted Friends
- 2015: MBC Animals
- 2015: MBC Bachelor Party
- 2015: SBS Running Man (Guest) (ep 266)
|2007-2008||M! Countdown||Co-Hosted along with Leeteuk & Shindong||Mnet|
|2009||12th Girl Scout Opening Ceremony||Co-Hosted along with Leeteuk||presented by KBS radio|
|2010||Nocturnal||Special MC ep. 23 (Guest: KARA) & 27 (Guest: SNSD)||KBS|
|SBS Entertainment Awards||Segment MC||SBS|
|Show! Music Core||June 5 - Special MC with Choi Siwon|
September 18 - Special MC with Lizzy and Krystal
|Star Audition: Great Birth||Season 1 MC||MBC|
|2010-2011||Super Junior's Foresight||Co-Hosted||MBC Every 1|
|2011||Heroes||Co-Hosted (ep. 22)||SBS|
|Show! Music Core||August 13 & 20 with Donghae, Suzy|
September 10 with Kyuhyun & 24 with Suzy and Jiyeon
October 1 with Shindong and Suzy - Special MC
|2012||Ulsan Summer Festival||Co-Hosted and broadcast under Music Core||MBC|
|Show Champion||쇼 챔피언 Special MC (ep. 31)||MBC Music|
|2012 Idol Star Athletics Championship||아이돌 스타 올림픽 MC||MBC|
|Star Audition: Great Birth 2||Season 2 MC||MBC|
|2013||2013 Asia Song Festival||MC||KBS|
|Come to Play: Strange Mountain Cabin||Co-MC with Yoo Jae-suk, Eun Ji-won||KBS|
|2014||23rd Seoul Music Awards||MC||KBS|
|2014 Dream Concert||MC with Kangin, Baek Jin-hee||SBS|
|2015||Bachelor party||MC with Kangin, Shin Dong-yup||MBC|
Music video appearance
|Woori Financial Art Hall||Eunhyuk, Tiffany of Girls' Generation, Son Ho Young, Go Eun Seong, Kim Chan Ho, Shin Ui Jeong, Lina of The Grace, Choi Ju Ri, KoN and Kim Jung Mo of TRAX|
TV commercials / advertisements
- Tony Moly with Super Junior M
- SPAO with Super Junior
- Lotte Duty Free with Super Junior
- Kyochon Chicken with Super Junior
- Yamaha Fino with Super Junior
- Hyundai PYL (solo)
- Ivy Club with Super Junior
- Sunkist with Super Junior
- LG Optimus Glare with Super Junior
- 12Plus with Super Junior
- 10Asia Magazine Vol. 17
- Kan Fun' Magazine - 2011 December
- Singles Magazine - 2012 October
- The Celebrity Magazine - 2014 June
- The Celebrity Magazine - 2015 November
Awards and nominations
|2009||SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer||Strong Heart, Star King||Won|
|2012||2011 Golden Ticket Awards||Musical Up and Comer Award||FAME||Nominated|
|2014||Gaon Weibo Chart Awards||Gaon Weibo Chart Individual Award||N/A||Won|