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Kai (singer)

Kai (singer) Member of EXO

Member of EXO
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Member of EXO
Is Actor Model
From South Korea
Type Fashion Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 14 January 1994, Philippines
Age: 26 years
The details

Kim Jong-in (born (1994-01-14)January 14, 1994), better known as Kai, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub unit EXO-K.

Early life

Kai was born on January 14, 1994, in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. He began dancing when he was eight years old. He originally did jazz dance, but after watching The Nutcracker he began to train in ballet while in the third grade. He stated that his parents initially wanted him to learn Taekwondo and the piano. He began training in hip-hop after joining S.M. Entertainment.

Kai graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul in February 2012.

In 2014, during EXO 90:2014 show, Kai stated that he wanted to become a singer after watching Shinhwa.


2011–15: Career beginnings

Kai was the first EXO member to be formally introduced to the public on December 23, 2011. He made first televised performance alongside fellow EXO members Luhan, Chen and Tao as well as other S.M. Entertainment artists at the year-end music program SBS Gayo Daejeon on December 29, 2011. In April 2012, Kai made his official debut as the member of boy group EXO. The group gained significant popularity after the release of their hit single "Growl" in 2013.

In October 2012, Kai participated in the promotional group Younique Unit alongside labelmates Eunhyuk, Henry, Hyoyeon, Taemin and Luhan. The group released a single titled "Maxstep" as part of the collaboration between S.M. Entertainment and Hyundai. Later in December 2012, he joined the dance group S.M. The Performance, along with fellow member Lay, TVXQ's Yunho, Super Junior's Eunhyuk and Donghae, SHINee's Minho and Taemin. The group first made its appearance at the event SBS Gayo Daejeon on December 29, and performed their single "Spectrum". The single was officially released the next day.

In September 2013, Kai participated in a dance performance for Mnet's dancing program Dancing 9, along with Lay and Girls' Generation's Hyoyeon, performing the songs "Centipede" of Knife Party and "Coco" of Gent & Jawns.

In August 2014, Kai was featured in the song "Pretty Boy" from SHINee member Taemin's debut album.

2016–present: Acting roles

In January 2016, he made his official acting debut as the male lead in the web drama Choco Bank. The drama went on to achieve record breaking views.

On November 2, 2016 it was announced that Kai will star in a web drama titled First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty Free.

On January 11, 2017, he was confirmed as the male lead in the KBS drama Andante, playing a high school student.

Personal life

On April 1, 2016, Kai was confirmed to be in a relationship with Krystal, a member of labelmate girl group f(x).



Title Year Peak charts


As lead artist
"Deep Breath" 2014
  • KOR: 12,485
Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
(as part of Younique Unit)
2012 228 N/A PYL Younique Volume 1
"Pretty Boy"
(Taemin featuring Kai)
2014 33
  • KOR: 53,588+
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 To the Beautiful You Himself SBS Cameo
2015 EXO Next Door Himself Naver TV Cast Recurring; Fictional version of himself
2016 Choco Bank Kim Eun-haeng
First Seven Kisses Kai Ep. 4-5
2017 Andante Lee Shi-kyung KBS2

Variety shows

Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Asian Hero Guest Channel V Thailand
Asia Lover True Music
2013 Star King Guest SBS
Immortal Songs 2 KBS Episodes 116, 118 and 119
Idol Star Athletics Championships Competitor MBC
We Got Married Guest MBC Episode 32 with Suho visiting Taemin & Naeun couple
Dancing 9 Mnet with Lay
Hello Counselor KBS Ep. 145 with Lay
2014 Running Man Guest SBS Ep. 209 with Sehun
2015 Guerilla Date Guest KBS
After School Club Guest Arirang Episode 165
Oh! My Baby SBS Episodes 85 and 86
2016 Yummy! Yummy! Letv with Sehun

Radio shows

Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Sukira Kiss the Radio Special DJ KBS Cool FM with Suho
2015 Lee Guk-joo's Youngstreet Guest DJ SBS Power FM


Title Role Network Date(s) Notes
Inkigayo Special MC SBS 27/5/2012
M! Countdown Mnet 4/12/2012 with Suho
Inkigayo SBS 11/8/2013
2013 MelOn Music Awards Main MC MBC Every 1 14/11/2013 with Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol and Lee Yu-bi

Music video appearances

Year Song Artist Notes
2008 "HaHaHa Song" TVXQ Guest appearance
2012 "Twinkle" Girls' Generation-TTS Guest appearance
"Maxstep" Younique Unit
2014 "In Summer" (remake) Deux Exo 90:2014 MV remake

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