Minho (민호) is a South Korean singer, rapper, and actor under SM Entertainment. He is a member of the boy group SHINee.

Early life

Minho's father, Choi Yun-kyum, is a well-known soccer coach and retired professional player. Growing up, Minho wanted to become a professional soccer player, however, his father greatly disapproved of this decision.[1][2]



In 2006, Minho was discovered through SM Entertainment's Casting System.[3] In March 2008, he modeled for Ha Sang-beg's F/W 08–09 Seoul Collection.[4]

2008: Debut with SHINee

He debuted as a member of SHINee on May 22, 2008 with the group's first mini album Replay.

Personal life


Minho graduated from high school on February 10, 2010.[5] He then went on to attend Konkuk University, majoring in film. He graduated from the university in 2015.[6]

Military service

On April 15, 2019, he enlisted into the Marine Corps.[7] He was discharged on November 15, 2020.[8]


Digital singles



  • I Am (2012)
  • SMTown: The Stage (2015)
  • Canola (2016)
  • Derailed (2016)
  • The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018) - cameo
  • Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018)
  • The Battle of Jangsari (2019)

Television dramas

  • My Precious You (KBS2, 2008) - cameo
  • Pianist (KBS2, 2010)
  • Salamander Guru and The Shadows (SBS, 2012)
  • To The Beautiful You (SBS, 2012)
  • Medical Top Team (MBC, 2013)
  • My First Time (OnStyle, 2015)
  • Drinking Solo (tvN, 2016) - cameo
  • Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–2017)
  • The Most Beautiful Goodbye (tvN, 2017)

Web dramas

  • Somehow 18 (Naver TV Cast, 2017)

Music shows

  • Show! Music Core (MBC, 2013-2015) - MC

Variety shows

  • Dream Team (KBS2, 2009-2012)
  • Oh! My School (KBS2, 2010)
  • Star Diving Show Splash (MBC, 2013)
  • Mamma Mia (KBS2, 2013) - MC
  • Exciting India (KBS2, 2015)

Music video appearances


  • Minho's most well-known nickname is 'Flaming Charisma'.[3]
  • He is good friends with TVXQ!'s Changmin and Super Junior's Kyuhyun.[9]
  • As of 2019, Minho still lives in the group's dorm.[10]

Producing and writing credits

Year Artist Song Album Type
2008 SHINee "Love's Way" The SHINee World Writing
"Love Like Oxygen"
"One for Me"
"Best Place"
2009 "Juliette" Romeo
"Get Down" (with Key, featuring Luna) 2009, Year of Us
2010 "Up & Down" Lucifer
"Shout Out"
"Your Name"
"Hello" Hello
"Get It"
2011 "Better" The First
"To Your Heart"
2012 "Alarm Clock" Sherlock
2013 "Dream Girl" Dream Girl - The Misconceptions of You
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
"Shine (Medusa I)" Why So Serious? - The Misconceptions of Me
"Excuse Me Miss"
"Sleepless Night"
"Better Off" The Misconceptions of Us
"Destination" Everybody
"Close the Door"
2015 "Romance" Odd
"Farewell My Love"
2016 "Don't Let Me Go" 1 of 1
"Don't Stop"
"U Need Me"
2018 "Good Evening" The Story of Light EP.1
"Chemistry" The Story of Light EP.2
"Our Page" The Story of Light EP.3
"Sunny Side" "Sunny Side"
2019 Himself "I'm Home" "I'm Home"


Main article: Minho/Gallery


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