Kang Dong-ho (Hangul: 강동호; Hanja: 姜東昊; born July 21, 1995), better known by the stage name Baekho (Hangul: 백호; Hanja: 白虎), is a South Korean singer-songwriter. He debuted in 2012 as the main vocalist of South Korean boy band NU’EST. He is also known for competing in the 2017 series Produce 101 Season 2.
Baekho became a Pledis Entertainment trainee after being scouted by the company in 2010. He became more well known after he appeared in After School’s music video for the single “Play Ur Love”. In 2011, he and bandmate JR appeared on the KBS talk show Hello Counselor and were revealed by After School’s Kahi as two of the members of NU’EST.
Prior to debuting, Baekho made appearances in labelmates’ music releases as a member of Pledis Boys. He was a backup dancer for After School Blue’s “Wonder Boy”, and featured in Pledis Entertainment’s Christmas release “Love Letter”.
On 15 March 2012, Baekho debuted as a main vocalist of NU’EST. His stage name was chosen by labelmate Uee, because of his resemblance to the character Kang Baek-ho in Slam Dunk.
In 2013, Baekho appeared in the television drama Jeon Woo-chi.
In early 2014, he was diagnosed with vocal fold nodules. However, he decided to continue performing with NU’EST while receiving treatment. Pledis Entertainment announced in November that he would be taking a temporary hiatus from all group activities. His doctors advised that he completely rest his voice and underwent vocal cord surgery. In February 2016, it was reported that he had completely recovered.
During the first half of 2017, Baekho appeared on the television series Produce 101 Season 2. After performing a cover of BTS’s “Boy in Luv” on the show, he gained the nickname of ‘sexy bandit’ from online commenters. In the position-based challenge, he covered Black Pink’s “Playing with Fire”, and the view count of his fancam reached one million views within three days. In the concept evaluation, his team, which performed the song “Open Up”, won and he gained one of the two highest votes within their group. He was also noted by commenters for his stable voice in the music removed (MR) performance.