Kim Jong Kook
Kim Jong-kook (born April 25, 1976) is a South Korean singer and TV personality. He was initially part of the Korean duo Turbo, later pursuing a successful career as a solo artist. Apart from being a 3 Daesang Award Winner Singer, he also participates actively in many variety shows including: Crisis Escape No. 1, Running Man, X-man, and Family Outing since episode 19.
Kim So-ya, a Korean female singer under the mononym Soya, is his niece
Kim Jong-kook first entered the Korean music industry in 1995 as a member of the group Turbo, which became immensely popular for their catchy music. After the group disbanded a few years later, he became a solo singer in 2001, mostly concentrating on ballads. Although his unusually high tone of voice is often joked about (with many stars jokingly calling it a “mosquito voice”), he has had many hit singles and has also been a frequent guest on many variety shows, most notably X-Man. In addition, his muscular body is often considered one of the best in K-pop, due to constant weight training.
Kim Jong-kook also returned to television, becoming a permanent member of variety show Family Outing, part of SBS’s Good Sunday lineup and earning popularity, especially with the love scandals between Lee Hyori and Park Ye-jin. Kim Jong-kook’s Hoolala CF with Kim Sooro was released on July 2009. He has also posed for many advertisement for clothing. His sixth album was released on January 27, and a preview of the album was released with the song “Don’t Be Good to Me.” However the title song for the album is titled “This is the Person”. The music video for the song included Park Ye-jin who is famous for the “Family Outing Scandal” between Kim Jong-kook, Lee Hyori and Park Ye-jin. His sixth album is titled “The Eleventh Story” because in his music career, he has so far released 11 albums. It included 3 MV. Right now, he is a regular on SBS’s Running Man.
On August 27, 2010 Kim Jong-kook received a lumbar microdiscectomy back disk surgery at Seoul’s Kwan Ahk Goo Chung Ryong Dong Kangnam Choice hospital. Kim Jong-kook’s management company, 101 Entertainment, stated, “Kim Jong-kook carried on with his daily activities without knowing that he had a ruptured disk. He did feel pain, but didn’t think much of it, and he endured his condition with painkillers while filming SBS Running Man.”
Kim Jong-kook’s active participation in SBS Running Man makes him one of the biggest names in Korean Variety Shows World. He had been called “SpartaKook” and “Mr.Capable”, throughout the SBS Running Man and he has received a favorable evaluation leading the mission with his muscular body and extraordinary intelligence. This proved as he won SBS 연예대상 (SBS Entertainment Awards) Best TV Star Award on 2011