Lee Seung-hoon (born January 11, 1992), better known by the mononyms Seunghoon and Hoony, is a South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter and choreographer. He is a member of the South Korean boy group Winner. Prior to his debut, he appeared in the first season of the television singing contest K-pop Star, finishing in fourth place.
Lee Seung-hoon was born on January 11, 1992 in Busan, South Korea. He moved to Seoul after graduating high school and auditioned for Korea’s Got Talent as part of the dance group “Honest Boys”. He also choreographed a flash mob performance for G-Dragon.
In 2011, Seunghoon successfully auditioned for SBS’ K-pop Star, a music audition program. He made it to the top 10 before being eliminated in the 7th Live Round on April 15, 2012, placing fourth overall. He went on to appear on the May 8 episode of SBS’s Strong Heart along with other finalists.
On May 16, 2012, it was announced that Seunghoon had signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment and would shortly thereafter become a trainee. On May 19, he performed at the Youth Festival in Yeouido, Seoul. He was also photographed by Moke Najung for a spread in Vogue Girl Korea’s June 2012 edition entitled “Boys Like Girls”, alongside fellow K-Pop Star contestant Park Jae-hyung.
On February 25, 2013, it was announced the Seunghoon would debut as part of a new YG Entertainment group. On August 1, he appeared in a dance performance uploaded onto YG Entertainment’s YouTube Channel. Shortly after, he participated in the Mnet reality-survival program WIN: Who is Next? in order to debut with the other members of the trainee group “Team A”. On October 25, it was announced that Team A had won the program and would debut under the name “Winner”. The group made their first live stage performance on November 15, opening for Big Bang during their concert at the Seibu Dome in Saitama, Japan. Winner released their debut album, 2014 S/S, on August 12, 2014.