Kim Heechul actually had his debut in the teenage drama Sharp 2 together with another SuJu member Kibum. This was after he was brought back by TVXQ’s Yunho, Trax’s Jay and SuJu‘s Donghae to SM Entertainment after running away to his hometown in Gangwondo (It’s a long story, you can just search it online, lol)
Today, March 6, 2021 marks his 16th year in the Korean Entertainment Industry. So to celebrate this day, here are 16 reasons why Heechul deserves his title as the biggest star in the universe.
1. HIS WIT IS GOLD, AS IN 24-KARAT SOLID GOLD
One cannot contest that Heechul’s wittiness is unrivaled. His variety sense is something that made him stand out as an idol ever since his rookie days. His genius comebacks and side comments made him a rare “Blue Chip” of the Korean Variety world. This actually helped in promoting his group and co-members when there was limited money to do so.
2. HE HAS A SUPER UNDERRATED VOCALS WITH LIMITLESS POTENTIAL
He may not be a belter or traditional balladeer but his singing voice is something you should be listening to right now. His love for rock music and ballads is deeply ingrained on his singing style. His husky vocal range is also quite high.
He was actually meant to be positioned as a sub-vocal in Super Junior but “that” incident with the song “U” almost made him forget about his love for singing. Thankfully, he seemed to have somehow overcame his trauma so we now have “Singer Heechul” around.
He recently joined ‘King of the Masked Singer’ as a contestant and even reached the 3rd round. His identity reveal left most of the audience and panel in awe with his great voice.
3. IN ADDITION TO HIS UNDERRATED VOCALS IS HIS UNDERRATED RAPPING SKILLS
To his fans, his skills as Super Junior’s sub-rapper is already a well known. But the public has yet discovered that his rapping skills is also no joke. This is why his project song with Min Kyunghoon and Bibi gained a lot of attention even with non-fans.
This doesn’t need any explaining right?
However do note that his actual live visuals cannot be justified even with a 1080p quality image or video.
5. HE IS THE KOREAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY’S WALKING ENCYCLOPEDIA
Seriously, his memory is something that is scary and amazing at the same time. His talent to immitate other people is top class as well as his ability to quickly memorize dance steps (except maybe for Super Junior songs, lol).
Also his insane ability to quickly identify songs with just seconds into your their intros makes you wonder about his actual IQ. It’s funny how he was nagged by his teacher during elementary when he got a score of 20 after not taking his IQ Test seriously. His grades also turned out be quite average. Seriously, he’s a good inspiring story for those who hates studying and to those who believes that good grades makes one successful. (Haha)
6. HIS EXTREMELY HONEST PERSONALITY IS SOMETHING YOU CANNOT HATE
His candid personality is something he is known for. Being labeled as the “Rude Kid” as a rookie seemed like a bad thing, unless of course you are Kim Heechul.
We can observe that he has this innate talent of making people comfortable around him. That’s why people of all ages love him. #space_big_star_who_is_rude_but_wellbehaved
7. THE EXTENT OF HIS SOCIAL NETWORK IS SURREAL, LIKE SERIOUSLY HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?
If you tell me that this celebrity is friends with Heechul, I’ll immediately accept it as the truth, without any doubts. We can say that item number 5 on this list is the culprit to this right?
8. HIS LOVE FOR HIS PETS IS NO JOKE
His house have been featured on shows countless times on korean show but it remained consistent. It’s more of a house for his pets than a house for himself. Currently, he is living with his russian blue cat Heebum (Full Name: Hanjay Heebum) and jack russell terrier dog Bok (Full Name: Kim Kibok)
9. HE IS THE EPITOMY OF A SUCCESFUL FANBOY
‘Girl group dance’ is almost synonymous to Kim Heechul. He is a proud fanboy of girl groups ever since Chakra to SES and FINKL to Wonder Girls and even to Itzy; name your group and Heechul loves it. This also extends to boy groups such as Sechskies, Turbo, H.O.T and even solo artists like Psy, Im Chang Jun and Lee Seung Hwan. Basically, he is a great fan of the Korean music industry. In addition to this he is a passionate fan of rock bands especially X-Japan and L’arc-en-ciel.
10. HIS LEVEL OF CLEANLINESS IS BORDERLINE MYSOPHOBIC
It has been a common knowledge to fans how Heechul really hates messy surroundings. This information started to get public attention when he started appearing on the variety shows My Ugly Duckling and Delicious Rendevous. It even got him a new nickname of “하얀 희철” (White Heechul) for his white walled minimalistic house and apparent obsession with cleanliness.
11. HIS VIEW OF THE WORLD IS VERY LIBERAL AND FULL OF WISDOM
He mentioned before that despite all the question and rumors on his sexuality, he will just let them think what they like to think. He said that it will be disrespectful to those people who actually identify themselves as a part of the LGBTQ+ community if he strongly deny his rumor so he never accept or deny anything.
12. HIS LOVE FOR GAMES SHOULD ENTER THE GUINESS WORLD RECORDS
Hee tubeu hee tubeu hee hee hee hee tubeu!
Have you subscribed to his Youtube channel yet? If not, do so before you proceed on reading this. (Lol)
But, seriously what there to expound on his obsession with games?
He revealed on an episode of Radio Star that he even spends $40,000 on games. That is because he believes that as someone who loves games a lot, if he spends this much, the game companies will thrive and make more games for everyone to enjoy.
13. HE IS QUITE AN ACTOR
He even won the “Best Actress” award at the Knowing Brothers Awards right?
On a serious note, what it means is that he doesn’t easily show his real feelings to other people. His car accident in 2006 left him with a chronic leg pain that will obviously be aggravated by physically taxing activities like dancing. But we still see him dance for us. He still performs his best whenever he can. If that will not make you love him more, I don’t know what will.
14. HE IS IN FACT VERY SHY BUT YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT WITH HIM ALSO BEING AN INCARNATION OF CONFIDENCE
For someone who nicknamed himself as “우주대스타” (Space Big Star), being shy is really not an option. But believe it or not, he hates being complimented by other people, he’s more comfortable with cursing according to him (lol).
15. HIS LOVE FOR SUPER JUNIOR AND ELFS IS ONE OF A KIND
He had this “cold and mysterious” image when he was a rookie and he can be classified, as the Japanese call it, a Tsundere character. He is someone who will tease and pester you to show how fond he is of you. He might have had some rebellious and moody streaks when he was younger but after his mandatory service as a public officer, you can’t help but see him as a warm ray of sunshine.
His love for his staff, the Kims (Kim Hee chul Stylists) are also apparent on many situations. That goes the same with his fans (Petals) whom he is always considerate of.
16. YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER KIM HEECHUL. TRUST ME.
With all the negative and positive aspects of being a celebrity in Korea, it will be hard to find someone who will embrace all that is listed above.
Many senior celebrities even commented that Kim Heechul is really destined to be a celebrity. Imagine, what are the chances that someone who used to assemble TV appliances as a part time job will end up to become someone who will be shown on it everyday?
In case you still have doubts here are 37 Times Kim Heechul Proved Himself To Be An ‘Out Of This World’ Idol.
Congratulations on your 16th debut anniversary Heenim!