All You Need To Know About Winner’s Prince Charming Jin-woo

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Winner’s Prince Charming Kim Jin-woo

Who is not familiar with this prince charming, Kim Jin-woo? Kim Jin-woo or, more familiarly,  Jinu, is a South Korean actor and singer, and a member of YG Entertainment’s boy-group WINNER. Despite having the swag and cool aura of the typical YG idols, Jinu is a sweet, cute, and a pretty boy. Jinu’s unique appearance has been known since his participation in the YG survival show WIN: Who Is Next? which led him to his debut in WINNER along with the other four members of the group. He’s not just a pretty face, he’s got a lot more going on, too. Curious enough? Let’s find out !

Jinwoo’s Profile and Facts

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Birth Name / Hangul : Kim Jin Woo /김진우Stage Name: Jinu, Jinwoo

Date of Birth: September 26, 1991

Place of Birth: Imjado, Sinan County, South Jeolla, South Korea

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Blood Type: A

Height: 177 cm (5’10”)

Weight: 54 kg (119 lbs)

Family: two sisters, Heera and Jinhi

Education: Joy Dance Academy

Occupation: Singer (member of WINNER), actor

Position: Lead Vocalist and Visual in WINNER

Instrument: Vocals

Agency: YG Entertainment

Years Active: 2014 – present

Twitter: @official_jinu_

Instagram: @xxjjjwww

Fun Facts

  1. When he joined the Joy Dance Academy run by BIGBANG Seungri, Seungri himself took him to join YG Entertainment, because Seungri was amazed with his dancing skills.
  2. Jinu was a trainee for five years, starting when he was 18 years old.
  3. At the YG Family Concert in 2011, Jinu was a backup dancer along with former WINNER member Taehyun.
  4. Jinu was debuted under the YG survival program WIN : Who Is Next?, in 2013.
  5. Jinu’s hobbies are swimming and playing games
  6. Jinu is the peacemaker of the group (Youth Over Flowers).
  7. Jinu is allergic to cat fur, however, he has two Sphinx cats (hairless breed), Bay and Ray.
  8. Jinu lives in the same dorm as Mino because they both have cats. (Dorms for WINNER are divided into cat owners and dog owners).
  9. Jinu usually takes a longer time to memorize lyrics for new songs.
  10. Jinu has a warm and tender personality, according to WINNER’s Yoon.
  11. Jinu used to hate his father’s job, which is being a fisherman, but now he’s proud of him and said his father is a great man and must not be crying because of him anymore.
  12. Jinu was recruited by Sandara Park as the ‘cutie line’ of YG Entertainment after watching him on WINNER TV, because she thought that there are too many swag people like CL and G-Dragon. Reportedly, the other members of the ‘cutie line’ are BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, IKON’s Jinhwan, and IKON’s Yunhyeong.
  13. Jinu has been called the ‘Face Genius’ of YG Entertainment because of his visual. In a talk show, one of the panelists said that he had the SM Entertainment aura, which is ‘beauty’. One plastic surgeon said that Jinu’s face has the ‘Golden Ratio’, because he has the facial proportions that are considered ideal.
  14. Jinu is the ‘fake maknae’ !! Not only his boyish face, but his innocence also makes people think that he’s WINNER’s maknae, despite the fact that he’s the oldest member of the group.
  15. Jinu has also been called the ‘International Lost Boy’, he often gets lost in unfamiliar places. In one episode of WINNER TV he couldn’t find Tokyo Tower, which was only ten minutes from his hotel. Yoon, the leader and the group’s maknae, told him “Don’t get hurt, don’t get lost, don’t follow the strangers, don’t eat strange food, don’t take candies from strangers, understand?”

Jinwoo’s Discography

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Albums

Released Title Label Formats Singer Notes
August 12, 2014 2014 S/S YG Entertainment, YGEX CD, Digital Downloads WINNER Korean
April 4, 2018 EVERYD4Y YG Entertainment, YGEX
February 7, 2018 Our Twenty Four YGEX Japanese
August 1, 2016 2016 Winner Exit Tour In Seoul Live CD YG Entertainment Live album

Music Videos

Title Year Director
“Empty” 2014 Seo Hyun-seung
“Color Ring” Dee Shin
“Sentimental” 2016 Digipedi
“Baby Baby” Fantazy Lab
“Really Really” 2017 Dave Meyers
“Fool” Jinooya
“Love Me Love Me” Oui Kim
“Island” Jinooya
“Everyday” 2018 Dave Meyers

Jinwoo’s Filmography

TV and Online Shows

Year Network Title Role Notes
2016 Sohu TV Magic Cellphone Oh Tae-ji Lead role
Naver TV Love for a Thousand More Hyung-sik Supporting role
2013-2014 Youtube WINNER TV Himself Reality show of WINNER’s everyday life

Variety Shows

Year Title Network Notes
2018 Live a Nice Life JTBC Regular Cast
2017 Wizard of Nowhere MBC Cast Member (episodes 5-29)
2013 WIN : Who Is Next ? Mnet Contestant (Team A)

Stage Productions

Year Production Company  Role
2016 The Little Prince (어린 왕자) Korea National Contemporary Dance Company The Little Prince

Jinwoo’s Awards and Nominations

Asia Artist Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Most Popular Artists (Singer) – Top 50 Winner 4th
2017 Popularity Award (Singer) Nominated
2018 Popularity Award (Singer) Nominated

Gaon Chart Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 New Artist of the Year (Male Group) Winner Won
Song of the Year (August) “Empty” Nominated
Song of the Year (September) Nominated
2017 Song of the Year (February) “Baby Baby” Nominated
“Sentimental” Nominated
2018 Song of the Year (April) “Really Really” Nominated
Song of the Year (August) “Love Me Love Me” Nominated

Golden Disc Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Disc Bonsang 2014 S/S Nominated
Digital Bonsang “Empty” Nominated
Best New Artist of the Year (Male Group) Winner Won
Popularity Award Nominated
2018 Digital Daesang “Really Really” Nominated
Digital Bonsang Won
Global Popularity Award Winner Nominated

MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2018 Song of the Year “Everday” Nominated
Rap/Hip Hop Music Award Nominated
Genie Music Popularity Award Winner Nominated

Melon Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Best New Artist Winner Won
Top 10 Artists Won
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Artist of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year 2014 S/S Nominated
2016 Top 10 Artists Winner Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Kakao Hot Star Award Nominated
Best Dance Track Award “Sentimental” Nominated
2017 Top 10 Artists Winner Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Kakao Hot Star Award Nominated
Song of the Year “Really Really” Nominated
Best Dance Track Award Nominated

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Best New Artist Winner Won
Artist of the Year Nominated
2017 2017 Favorite KPOP Star Nominated
Best Vocal Performance Group “Really Really” Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Mwave Global Fans’ Choice Nominated

Seoul Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Bonsang Award Winner Nominated
New Artist Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2017 Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
2018 Bonsang Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Hallyu Special Award Nominated

Soribada Best K-Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2017 Bonsang Award  Winner Nominated
Popularity Award  Nominated

Tudou Young Choice Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 Most Popular Korean Group Winner Won

QQ Music Awards

Year Category Recipient Result
2015 Best New Force Group Winner Won

MTV Asia Music Gala

Year Category Recipient Result
2016 Overseas Popularity Award Winner Won

Other awards

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 A-Awards Contemporary (Mont Blanc Homme) Award Winner Won
SBS MTV Best of the Best Rookie of the Year Nominated
SBS Gayo Daejeon Best New Artist Won
Style Icon Awards New Icons Won
2016 Awesome K-Style Won
2017 Sports DongA Awards The Flower Path of the Year Won

Mnet M Countdown

Year Date Song
2014 August 21 “Empty”
August 28
September 18
2016 February 25 “Sentimental”
2017 April 13 “Really Really”
April 20
2018 April 12 “Everyday”
May 3

KBS Music Bank

Year Date Song
2014 August 22 “Empty”

SBS Inkigayo

Year Date Song
2014 August 24 “Empty”
August 31
2017 April 16 “Really Really”
April 23
2018 April 15 “Everyday”

MBC Show! Music Core

Year Date Song
2017 April 22 “Really Really”
2018 April 14 “Everyday”

 

Concerts

Recently, Jinu and the other members of WINNER were in the middle of their world tour, the WINNER Everywhere Tour. Previously, between August and November, they already held their concerts in Asia. In December WINNER’s Min-ho had a solo album comeback, and the group put out the WINNER year-end single. This is their world tour schedule:

-Asia 2018-
August 19th, Sunday- Seoul (Olympic Gymnastics Arena)
September 23rd, Sunday- Taipei (NTSU Arena)
October 14th, Sunday- Kuala Lumpur (Malawati Indoor Stadium)
October 21st, Sunday- Bangkok (Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani)
November 3rd, Saturday- Singapore (The Max [email protected] Expo)
November 10th, Saturday- Manila (Mall Of Asia Arena)
November 17th, Saturday- Jakarta (Tennis Indoor Senayan)
November 24th, Saturday- Hong Kong (Asia World-Expo, Arena)
January 5th 2019, Saturday- Seoul (Encore) (KSPO DOME)

-North America 2019-
January 15th, Tuesday- Seattle (Paramount Theater)
January 18th, Friday- San Francisco (The Masonic)
January 20th, Sunday- Los Angeles (Hollywood Palladium)
January 22nd, Tuesday- Dallas (The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory)
January 24th, Thursday- Chicago (Rosemont Theatre)
January 27th, Sunday- Toronto (Sony Centre For The Performing Arts)
January 29th, Tuesday- New York (Hulu Theater At Madison Square Garden)

For a bonus, below are some of Jinu’s focus photos from the WINNER Everywhere Tour, he looked like a handsome prince charming!

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Jinu’s solo stage, covering a G-Dragon song, Untitled.

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What a mischievous Mino with his hyung!

Military Enlistment Rumors

As of yet, there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding Jinu’s official date for his military enlistment. Even so, some fans already predicted the year of his departure in an online fan cafe. Since Jinu is the oldest in the group, he might be the first to enlist among group members. Fans predicted Jinu will enlist in 2020, alongside the other idols such as SHINEE’s Minho, SHINEE’s Key, EXO’s Suho, BTOB’s Lee Changsub, BTS’s Jin, and so on.