Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#TastyCrushieTuesday : Nichkhun (from Kpop band, 2PM) [Updated]

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Nichkhun Buck Horvejkul (Thai: นิชคุณ หรเวชกุล, RTGS: Nitchakhun Horawetchakun; born June 24, 1988), usually known mononymously as Nichkhun (Korean: 닉쿤), is a Thai American singer, model and actor active in South Korea. He sings and raps as a member of 2PM, a six-member South Korean boy band.

* More info and photos after break...
Background

Nichkhun was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to Thai-Chinese parents. Nichkhun has one older brother Nichan, and two younger sisters, Nichthima (Yanin) and Nachjaree (Chereen). At the age of five, he moved to Thailand with his family and he studied at Dhepkanjana School and Tangpiroondham School. At the age of twelve, he studied at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand for a year and a half and moved back to the United States to finish his schooling at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. After high school, he was a coach at Rosemead High School for their badminton team. There, he was scouted by a scout manager of JYP Entertainment at the Los Angeles Korean Music Festival.

After passing the audition hosted by JYP Entertainment, he signed a ten-year contract with the company but later re-signed for an eight-year contract, not including training, and was brought to South Korea in 2006 as a trainee, being put into a class of 24 other students. Park Jin-young informed him that he was required to learn how to sing and to dance, learn Korean and Mandarin Chinese, and to bulk up. He first appeared through MNET's Hot Blood, a program that showed the intense physical training that 13 male trainees had to go through for the opportunity to debut in either a 4-member ballad group 2AM or a 6-member dance group (originally had 7 members until the leader Jay Park left the group) 2PM under JYP Entertainment.

2PM

On 4 September 2008, Nichkhun debuted as a 2PM member with their first single "10점 만점에 10점" ("10 Points out of 10 Points") from their single album "Hottest Time of the Day". Nichkhun was one of the hosts for the Korean Music Wave in Bangkok in 2010, 2011, and 2013.

Flower boys 2PM's Nichkhun, CNBLUE's Yonghwa, B1A4's Baro, Infinite's L, and WINNER's Song Min Ho (Mino) teamed up for project group Lucky Boys (Super 5) for the '2014 SBS Gayo Daejun'! "Nichkhun and Baro will be the MCs of 'Gayo Daejun' and members of Lucky Boys.

Solo activities

Television

Nichkhun played a main character in the 12-minute music video drama, released on February 8, 2010. Nichkhun also hosted JYP's talent competition, Superstar Survival.

In December 2009, he had been confirmed to star in 2010 film "The Shining Diploma", but due to scheduling conflicts with the filming delays, he dropped out of the project in March.

On June 2010, it was announced Nichkhun was to be a cast member to We Got Married, pairing up with Victoria of f(x). Khuntoria was the couple's name in We Got Married.

Nichkhun appeared in the music video of the single "Touch (觸動)" by Taiwanese Mandopop artist Wilber Pan, which premiered on January 31, 2011.

In May 2011, 2PM Nichkhun was selected as the new 2011 models for Everland's Caribbean Bay Aqualoop CF.

In July 2011, on "2PM Show", he met the child actor Moon Mason, who had been called his lookalike since late 2009. In 2013, he finished filming for One and A Half Summer in China and Greece. It is the first time that Nichkhun played the lead in the Chinese TV play. He used English and Chinese to finish filming. It will be on air on June,2014. He also appeared in Chinese drama One and Half Summer along with fellow JYP artist Jia, from Miss A. Nichkhun is set to star in yet another Chinese drama, called "Wishlist."

Film

Nichkhun is set to star in Japanese live-adaptation film Ouran High School Host Club as Lawrence, the president of a Singaporean corporation.

In 2012, Nichkhun starred in the debut Thai film Seven Something.

In 2014, 2PM′s Chansung talked about his fellow member, Nichkhun, who appeared in a cameo in his new movie A Dynamite Family. 2PM′s Chansung says staff was surprised by Nichkhun′s Cameo Acting, "Nichkhun appeared as a cameo, but I didn′t think he would deliver the lines like that. He was quite good." "After I had finished filming all my parts, Nichkhun came to film. He was supposed to act angry, and he pulled off the lines really well." Chansung added, "All the people on the set were all very surprised at Nichkhun′s acting, saying he did really well and that he was funny."

In 2014, Nichkhun will cameo in the Thai movie Chalouis in.Despite Nichkun will be playing a small role in Thailand movie, (Chalouis), his fans are very much looking forward to see him acting. He has gained tremendous support from his fans in Thailand.This film's English name is Odd Couple.The story revolves around two young men in the countryside who want to become singers and decide to follow their dreams in Bangkok.Nichkhun shot his parts in Chalui for 12 hours a day.

In 2014,Nichkhun is taking on a new role in the entertainment industry.2PM’s Nichkhun transforms into Boxing Manager for Chinese Show ‘Brave Heart.’ Nichkhun took his first step forward as the boxers’ manager during the first episode of boxing reality program BTV’s Brave Heart aired on October 5. As the first boxing reality program, Brave Heart features boxing athletes selected out of 20,000 boxers around the world as well as four managers, namely Nichkhun, Taiwanese actor Godfrey Tsao, Chinese actress Zhang Langxin and Chinese actor Jiang Wu. Brave Heart airs every Sunday through Beijing TV and online streaming site Youku Todou.

In 2014, 2PM's Chansung and Miss A's Fei were spotted filming for the Chinese dating reality program 'If You Love!' The show will feature six male and female celebrities including Chansung, Fei, Sunny Wang, Sun Jian, and Liu Yan with Nichkhun as a special guest.

Personal life

On April 3, 2014, Nichkhun and Girls' Generation's Tiffany were confirmed to be currently in a relationship since December 2013.

Ambassador

Nichkhun has been selected as an ambassador of the KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency). The agency was established by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1991 to assist developing countries for better living conditions.

Besides Nichkhun, the KOICA has also officially assigned actress Park Boyoung, Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha and actor Park Sangwon as ambassadors at an event that was held at the KOICA office in Gyeonggi-do on November 25, 2013.

From Korea to Thailand, Nichkhun continues to ‘Open Happiness’ with Coca Cola.

Nichkhun was also chosen as YONEX South Korea ambassador. Nichkhun has been chosen as the first celebrity to be the brand ambassador for Japanese sports equipment brand, YONEX, in South Korea.A representative of the brand stated that Nichkhun was chosen because of his manly image and his well-known ability to play badminton.

On 9 April 2013, UNICEF Thailand announced two new celebrity supporters, Paula Taylor and Nichkhun Horvejkul, who have been named as the first two “Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand. In mid-March, Nichkhun visited an economically disadvantaged community in Bangkok that is home to many children who have to work on the streets to help bring in income for their families. While talking to and playing with the children, Nichkhun also learned the many problems they face in daily life.

“The children in this community spend a lot of time working on the streets, and because of this they miss many days of school, which hurts their opportunity to get a good education,” Nichkhun said. “By being on the streets, these children are also at great risk of abuse and exploitation.”

2011 Nichkhun became a wax model for Madame Tussauds Bangkok. Nichkhun, to be the first K-pop singer to enter the Madame Tussaud’s. Nichkhun is the first Thai person to have passed the stringent audition process of JYP Entertainment.

Discography

Thai songs
2008: "We Become One"
2009: "Let's Take a Break"
2009: "Cute"

Korean songs
2011: "My Valentine" (with Taecyeon, Park Jin-young) (Soundtrack from the album Dream High)
2014:Love is true (with Junho(Bonus track from the album GO CRAZY)

English songs
2012: "Let It Rain" (Bonus track from the album Legend of 2PM)

Japanese songs
2014: "So Wonderful"

Film and Drama
2012 | Ouran High School Host Club | as Lawrence
2012 | Seven Something (Rak Jet Pee Dee Jet Hon)
2013 | One And A Half Summer | as Zhang Hao
2014 | Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo | as Mataichi
2014 | Wishlist | as International lawyer
2014 | Five Eagle Brothers | Cameo as policeman
2014 | If You Love!
2014-2015 | Chalouis | Cameo
2014-2015 | Brave Heart show | as Himself (Box Manager)




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