Stage Name: Key (키)
Birthday: 23rd September 1991
Blood Type: B
Position: Vocalist, lead rapper and lead dancer
Talents: Rap, dance, English, Chinese and Japanese
Hobbies: Water Skiing, fashion and English
Favourite Colour: Pink
Key was first discovered at the 2005 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting. Before he debuted with SHINee in 2008, he made an appearance in Super Junior’s Wonder Boy music video as an extra dancer.
He featured in TRAX’s song ‘치유 (Healing)’, as well as ‘화성인 바이러스/Hwaseongin Virus (Boys & Girls)’ by SNSD/Girl’s Generation. He is known as the “triple threat” because he is a rapper, singer and dancer in the band, and for that reason was then given the title ‘Almighty Key’.
• Asker: “How many girl group dances are there that you can do?” Key: “There is no limit. Show me once, I can do it.”
• Calls MinHo and TaeMin “kids with no emotions” because they don’t cry as much as the other members
• Checks his phone and iPod as soon as he wakes up
• Onew, JongHyun, MinHo and TaeMin all chose him as the member they would date if they were a girl
• Gets angry when the members don’t eat the food he makes
• When he gets nervous, his voice suddenly changes to a higher pitch. It isn’t like he’s trying to be cute, it just happens
• According to MinHo, Key sometimes talks in a higher pitch just to act cute (and TaeMin thinks it is cute)
• He is easy to prank
• He says when he saw Shawols in Singapore celebrating his birthday during the SHINee World Concert, he was so touched he almost cried
Key was a varsity water-skier in Dae Gu Yeong Shin Middle School. He has also appeared in Super Junior's Wonder Boy music video as an extra dancer and is known for his multilingual talents since he spent six weeks on an exchange in America.
Key was discovered at the 2006 S.M. National Tour Audition Casting. In 2008, he was chosen as a member of the group SHINee, the 5-member boy group debuted on May 25, 2008 on SBS's Inkigayo.