9. Lee Hyuk Jae
Lee Hyuk-jae (Hangul: 이혁재; Hanja: 李赫宰) was born on 4 April 1986, mononymously credited by his stage name Eunhyuk (Hangul: 은혁; Hanja: 銀赫). He is a South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, rapper and television host. He is best known as the main dancer and rapper 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.
Eunhyuk was born Lee Hyuk-jae in Neunggok, Goyang, Gyeonggi. In elementary school he was a member of a dance group, ‘SRD’, which stood for song, rap and dance, with childhood friend Kim Junsu. In 1999 when he turned thirteen, together with Junsu he auditioned for SM Entertainment through the company’s Starlight Casting System. Under SM Entertainment, Eunhyuk was trained in singing, dancing, acting, and had brief Mandarin Chinese language courses. 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 individually taught them techniques on different types of singing. In 2003 the trio disbanded when Junsu went on to debuted as a member of TVXQ. Eunhyuk and Sungmin were then placed in another project group with ten other 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. However, 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. Eunhyuk is also 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”. “여행” (A Short Journey) from repackaged version of Bonamana was written by him and composed by Donghae. Along with Shindong and Donghae, he also choreographs some of Super Junior’s dance routines.
2006-2010: MC and Sub-Groups
Eunhyuk was partnered with band mate Leeteuk as radio DJs for KBS Super Junior’s Kiss The Radio (aka SUKIRA) from 21 August 2006. With the exception of fours 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 until early 2008. In February 2007, he was placed in the trot-singing sub group Super Junior-T. A year later, he became a member of Super Junior-H. From 2009, Eunhyuk, along with Leeteuk and Shindong, has been regular guests SBS’s Strong Heart. Where they host special segment, Boom Academy. He is also frequent guest on Star King, also on SBS, with fellow Super Junior members. On 26 February 2010, Eunhyuk was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza, but was set to appear as a guest at label mate Girls’ Generation’s Into the New World encore concert in Seoul, hence has to pulled out and was replaced by band mates Leeteuk and Heechul.
2011: Musical theatre and Oppa, Oppa
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 enlist for mandatory military service on 1 September, during 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. 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. 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 collbrations. The single was also 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. The pair then 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 program Great Birth 2, better known as MBC Star Audition, on MBC . As of the 10 April 2012 boardcast, 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’.
2012: Comeback with Super Junior
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 have partnered up to release the “Maxstep” featuring Eunhyuk and other 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.
2013-present: Comeback with Super Junior-M
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.
April 2007 car accident
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 after a recording of the radio show Super Junior Kiss the Radio. While they were on the highway, the front left tire 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 some 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 hospitalised.