Shownu (Monsta X)

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Shownu Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Shownu has dreamed about becoming an idol since a very young age. He got inspired by the singer-songwriter Rain.

Following his idol’s footstep, Shownu joined JYP Entertainment in 2009. But the man from Changdong eventually left the company after seeing no future for him there.

For quite some times, Shownu worked as backup dancer for singer Lee Hyori. He appeared in several of her music videos like Going Crazy and Bad Girls.

Later on, this Gemini man auditioned for another entertainment company Starship Entertainment. He passed the audition and became their trainee. Shownu joined the project Nu Boyz.

In December 2014, this talented dancer took part in survival reality show No Mercy. He had to compete with 13 other trainees to earn his debut.

At the end of the show, Shownu was the second to be announced as member of new group Monsta X. He was also selected as their leader.

With the group, this K-pop star made his debut in May 2015. They released an EP titled Trespass. It peaked at number 5 on Gaon Album Chart.

Outside of MonstaX, Shownu also has had several solo projects.

He teamed up with fellow member Minhyuk for a soundtrack for the show She’s My Type. The song titled Have a Goodnight was released in August 2020.

Still on the same year, this singer took part in another soundtrack. This time it was for the show Tale of the Nine Tailed. He released the rock-style song titled I’ll be There in October 2020.


  • Real Name: Sohn Hyun Woo (손현우)
  • Stage Name: Shownu (셔누)
  • Nickname: Showtle, Robot Shownu
  • Birthday: June 18, 1992
  • Birthplace: Changdong, Donbonggu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Position: Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
  • Height: 181cm (5’11”)
  • Weight: 74 kg (162 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Singer
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  • Hobbies: Listening to music.
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  • Siblings: –
  • Girlfriend: –
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  • Instagram: @shownuayo
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  • Shownu used to be a back-up dancer. He wouldn’t mind to have a career as one but eventually became an idol under Starship Entertainment.
  • He is friends with the GOT7 members and SISTAR’s Soyou.
  • This K-pop idol would love doing collaboration with Soyou.
  • He often uses his toes to pick up things, especially when lying down.
  • He wears shorts when sleeping.
  • This talented dancer is very confident with his looks.
  • His arms are his best feature.
  • He is involved in creating the group’s choreographies.
  • Among all the members, Shownu is the most hardworking.
  • He describes himself as a cow.
  • He likes beef better than pork.
  • This singer chooses Jooheon as his favorite fellow member.
  • He is not good at sports except for swimming. He can swim well.
  • Shownu loves eating cereal.
  • He is a big eater. He can eat three servings of ramen along with two servings of rice.
  • The Monsta X leader loves doing variety shows with Minhyuk because he’s fun.
  • He wants to name his future son Jang Gun, meaning general.
  • If Shownu has a daughter, he would name her Jang Mi. It means rose.
  • He was featured in other idols’ music videos like Talk to My Face by D-Unit, Shake It by SISTAR, and Pitapat by BESTie.
  • This K-pop star was in Korean show Lipstick Prince (2016).
  • He also starred in Dae Jang Geum is Watching and High-end Crush.
  • He split his payment with other members for his solo commercial with Yebin of DIA.
  • Shownu can’t do aegyo.
  • He is teased a lot by his fellow members.
  • He has said that Minhyuk is a natural born leader.
  • The man from Changdong doesn’t speak a lot because he’s afraid it will make the mood goes down when he started talking.
  • Shownu often answers fans with Yes or No during fan meets. So the fans just ask for pictures.
  • His roommates are Jooheon and Hyungwon in the new dorm.
  • Before sleeping, he plays games in his iPad.
  • He loves exercising.
  • Meat is his favorite food.
  • He picks black as his favorite color.
  • He is a humble person and doesn’t introduce himself as the leader of Monsta X.
  • This Gemini man would date Hyungwon if he were a girl.
  • He doesn’t mind dating woman older than him. As long as she’s still younger than his other.
  • His ideal type is someone pure like Gong Hyojin.

Pics of Shownu

1. Shownu looks cool in black

Shownu Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

2. He has great street style

Shownu Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

3. The blue suit fits him well

Shownu Monsta X - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

4. He is looking really handsome while working

 Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

5. Loving the softer look he’s got going on

 Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Shownu’s journey to become an idol is not an easy one. But he remains faithful and hardworking throughout the year. In return, he has become one of the most successful artists.