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Full Name: Jo Kwon (조권) Position: Leader, Vocalist Birthdate: August 28, 1989 (1989-08-28) (age 20) Education: Kyunghee University
The leader of the group, Jokwon is the longest-serving trainee in JYP Entertainment, having trained for 2567 days. He was chosen as last members of Park Jin Young’s 99% Challenge project along with Sunye of Wonder Girls.
He sang with Jinwoon in May Doni’s “몰라-ing”(Molla-ing) and featured in W&Whale’s song and music video “덩크슛” (Dunk Shoot). He was part of “Dirty Eyed Girls” on an episode of 2PM’s reality show “Wild Bunny“, performing a parody of popular Brown Eyed Girls song Abracadabra. The music video became extremely popular.
In September 2009, Jokwon 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 Joon, and former Fly To The Sky member Brian Joo. He also replaced 2PM’s Jaebeom on historical culture variety show Nodaji after his internet controversy. The other hosts included Kim Jae Dong, Jo Hye Ryun, Shin Jung Hwan, Hwang Bo and Nicole from Kara. He joined the cast of We Got Married on October 3, 2009, coupled up with Brown Eyed Girls member Ga-in. Although they were initially only supposed to feature for the Chuseok special, their appearance brought in the highest ratings yet for Season 2, and they were announced a permanent couple.
Jokwon was diagnosed with H1N1 on October 28, 2009, causing him to postpone filming We Got Married. The next day, a representative stated that Jokwon was recovering quickly after treatment.