High1 Seoul Music Awards 2021 Hosts: Meet Super Junior’s Heechul, Girl’s Generation’s Sooyoung and Shin Dong-yup

While we wait for the starry event to light up our evening, here are some fun facts about the loveable hosts of the musical event

                            High1 Seoul Music Awards 2021 Hosts: Meet Super Junior’s Heechul, Girl’s Generation’s Sooyoung and Shin Dong-yup
Heechul, Sooyoung and Shin Dong-yup (@kimheenim Instagram/ @sooyoungchoi Instagram/ AsianWiki)

The 30th edition of the High1 Seoul Music Awards is almost here and the exciting lineup of hosts features K-pop legends SM Entertainment’s Heechul, Sooyoung and comedian Shin Dong-yup. These stars have us all looking forward to the starry evening even more. Here’s a short introduction of the SMA hosts and quirky facts that you might not have known.

Kim Heechul almost didn’t make it to SM Entertainment

Veteran K-pop boyband Super Junior’s Heechul is a household name in South Korea. Along with his K-pop music career, Heechul became the Nation’s favorite MC appearing in multiple TV shows including JTBC’s ‘Knowing Bros’ and ‘Weekly Idol’. He also became a regular cast member of ‘My Little Old Boy’ and ‘Delicious Rendezvous’ since 2019 for which he also received the Excellence Award at the 13th SBS Entertainment Awards and Top Excellence Award at the 14th SBS Entertainment Awards.


The 36-year-old Super Junior vocalist and rapper almost didn’t make it to SM Entertainment’s boy group as he was going to debut with another group called TraxX. But due to disagreements with the company, he chose not to debut with the group. The vocalist also shared in the past that he was inspired to be a singer after watching Psy on television, the ‘Gangnam Style’ singer who introduced K-pop to many with the global hit. In 2020, Heechul made it to every news report when Korean media revealed him to be dating the nation’s popular girl group Twice’s Momo. The duo also shared clips of them together which were adored by fans. Take a look at one of the clips here.


Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung can eat 3 ice cream scoops in 5 minutes

SM Entertainment’s Sooyoung debuted with SNSD in 2007. The 30-year-old K-pop star has starred in multiple K-dramas including ‘The Third Hospital’ (2012), ‘Dating Agency: Cyrano’ (2013), ‘My Spring Days’ (2014), ‘Squad 38’ (2016), ‘Man in the Kitchen’ (2017–2018), ‘Tell Me What You Saw’ (2020) and the latest being ‘Run On’ (2021) along with her music career. 


The singer was also a part of a Korean-Japanese singing duo with Marina Takahashi, called Route θ before joining SM Entertainment. She is known to be the biggest foodie among Girls’ Generations members as she proudly boasts of her ability to have three ice cream scoops in five minutes. She has been dating ‘Hospital Playlist’ actor Jung Kyong Hu since 2012.

Sooyoung of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation attends the 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards at Paradise City on November 21, 2019, in Incheon, South Korea (Getty Images)

Shin Dong-yup’s connection with Lee Minho

Shing Dong-yup (Viki)

Shin Dong-yup is an award-winning popular comedian in South Korea. The 49-year-old television host has been entertaining the Korean population since 1993 when he started hosting television series with variety show ‘I Like to Laugh’. The comedian once revealed that his wife got mad at him for a picture with popular actor Lee Min-ho. In an award show where Shin Dong-yup was supposed to receive an award from the prime minister, his wife wanted to accompany him. But he refused and met Lee Minho there and turns out his wife is a huge fan. He sent a picture of the two and got a furious response. He shared, “After seeing the picture, my wife texted back ‘That’s why I said I was going to go with you!’ exploding at me!”

High1 Seoul Music Awards is taking place on January 31. The Red-carpet will begin at 5 pm KST. The main event will start at 6.50 pm KST. 

Take a look at the star-studded lineup here. Check how to live stream here.

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