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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, X-tra LARGE Edition! (Part VI): Zhao Zhong and Jo Kwon


Jo Kwon (Hangul/Hanja: 조권/趙權; born on August 28th 1989 in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province) is a South Korean singer, MC, actor, entertainer and leader of boy band 2AM. He was chosen as the last member of Park Jin Young's "99% Challenge Project" along with Sun-ye of Wonder Girls. He is a member of Haman Jo Clan (함안 조씨/咸安趙氏), a clan which is originated from Haman County, Southern Gyeongsang Province.

In 2008, he appeared on MNET's Hot Blood. The program showed the intense physical training that thirteen male trainees go through to acquire the opportunity to debut in either a 4-member ballad group or a 7-member dance group. After several elimination steps, Kwon was chosen for a position in the 4-member ballad group 2AM. He became the group's leader.

2AM's first single "This Song" released on July 21, 2008. It debuted on July 11, 2008, performing "이 노래" ("This Song"). In March 2015, Jo Kwon had decided to renew their contracts with JYP Entertainment while 2 other members would sign to other agencies. JYP Entertainment assured that the departures do not mean 2AM is breaking up nor disband the group. But along with this 2AM currently on temporarily break from any group activities.

Kwon appeared as a regular panel member on variety shows such as "Star King". He was part of "Dirty Eyed Girls" on an episode of 2PM's variety show "Wild Bunny", performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became popular. In September 2009, he was one of the main MCs for SBS's environmental variety show "Find it! Green Gold" with Super Junior member Shindong, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, and former Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced Jaebeom on historical culture variety show Nodaji after Jaebeom withdrew from 2PM and went back to the United States where his parents lived.

He joined the cast of We Got Married on October 3, 2009, coupled with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. Although they were initially only supposed to be featured in the Chuseok special, their appearance brought in the highest ratings yet for Season 2, so they were announced as a permanent couple. Kwon was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009 causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. He recovered quickly after treatment.

In 2010, he became a permanent cast member of Family Outing 2. He made his fifth appearance on the TV show "Happy Together" on June 2012. Also, he made several appearances on Star King, Invincible Youth S2, Come To Play, Radio Star, Star Dance Battle, and many other shows. He is known for his "kkab" dance and often danced on variety shows. "Kkab" can be translated as hyperactive. In 2014, he is back to variety program as guest on JTBC Off to School after has been missing from variety program for at least 2 years.

As he joined the cast of We Got Married with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-In. The popularity of them make they got a nickname by fans as Adam Couple. the popularity not only stop on their appearance on the show but also in music industry. He and Ga-In released a digital single "우리 사랑하게 됐어요" ("We Fell in Love") on December 16, 2009 which topped variety online music charts and won two awards on Music Bank's K-Charts and the "Most Popular Background Phone Music" on the Gaon Charts. 50 million won from the profits of the song were donated for rebuilding Haiti's earthquake. For these efforts, Kwon was given an award at the 3rd Korea Sharing Awards ceremony. The couple ended on 15 January 2011.

On June 30, 2010, Kwon released his first solo digital single titled, "고백하던 날" ("The Day I Confessed"), a song he partially composed during the We Got Married broadcast for Ga-in. The song came first on Cyworld real-time charts the day after its release. In same year,He was casted in the sitcom All My Love with co-stars Park Min-sun, Kim Gap-soo and fellow idol and 'wife' Ga-In from Brown Eyed Girls. Jo Kwon was being in the sitcom until the last episode in 2011 while Ga-In participation in the sitcom ended earlier in May, 2011 due of schedule conflict.

On June 25, 2012, Jo Kwon released his solo album, "I'm Da One", with a music video. For his album Pop star Beyonce’s choreographer Jonte Moaning praised Jo Kwon’s performance for his song “Animal.” Jo Kwon wore 19.5 cm kill heels and a feather outfit for his "Animal" performance and Jonte praised for it.

In 2013 Kwon joined the cast of a Korean Jesus Christ Superstar musical production, where he played the role of King Herod. In same year on February 27, 2013, Jo Kwon was confirmed as one of the cast for KBS2 drama Queen of the Office. The drama is about a talented contract worker, played by Kim Hye-soo and the work and relationships that surround her. Kwon appeared as worker Kye Kyung-woo, shedding his ′kkap′ character.