Khottie of the Week: Kang Seung-yoon

Posted by KpopontheDL on January 21, 2017

Khottie of the Week

In general, I am not the kind of person who believes in fate, but this week was one of those rare times where my choice of Khottie felt like a Kdrama.  I was watching Love for a Thousand More, and Seungyoon, who plays the lead, and who I had never paid attention to before, piqued my interest. I started digging around for pictures and information about him, and discovered that this week was his birthday.  It was meant to be.

Seungyoon is the leader and main singer for Winner. I feel like I actually need to tell you this because, while the group was a big splash when they came out, they’re under YG, and they were promptly stuffed in a basement somewhere to rot.  Most people know Mino, and thats about it.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Winner when I investigated them in my early days of Kpop.  They had only released their first album and it was very ballad-y. I have limited tolerance for ballads, so I dismissed them as uninteresting.

I’m not sure what I was thinking.  This is very interesting.

However,  when they released Baby Baby with their comeback in early 2016, I was in love.  The song reminded me of something from the 1960s in the best way possible.  Check out this live version they did on Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook – you get a good look at each of them, and can really hear their voices.  That’s Seungyoon on the far left and also the one with, in my opinion, the best voice.

Part of the shame of Seungyoon getting tossed into the basement with the rest of Winner is that he was actually doing pretty well with a solo career.  He had a number 1 single from when he was was a contestant on Superstar K2, and he debuted as a solo artist with a couple of really decent singles, including one all-kill, just months before joining Winner.


Seungyoon composed, wrote the lyrics, and performed the song for Winner’s show Half Moon Friends that they did this past summer during their promotion for their new album. The show is completely charming, and just from the clips I’ve watched I am now in love with all the members of Winner.  This is worth a watch – you won’t escape without an awwwwwww or misty eyes!  SY has a little message for all the kids at the end.  /sniffle

He’s also been in couple of dramas.  One was High Kick Through the Roof 3 with Lee Jong Suk.  I previewed a supercut of his parts and while the laugh track is obnoxious, its fun to see young Seungyoon.

Love for a Thousand More is not great, but its cute.  I’ll probably go back and watch his We Broke Up since he’s so sexy and web dramas are easy to fit in around other things.

I hope Seungyoon continues to do well in dramas and to write and produce his own songs.  He may need it.  Sadly,  Winner has lost Taehyun, who was the only group member I actually knew besides Mino.  I don’t know what Winner is going to be like in this new incarnation.  I was undecided if I was going to go back to ignoring them, but Seungyoon may have convinced me to give them another chance.


Like Winner? Check out the other members who’ve been featured as Khottie!
Lee Seung Hoon
Kang Seung-yoon



  • Reply Spice Angel January 21, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Great Choice!!! Seung Hoon is my favorite Winner! I will not miss Tae Hyun. Actually I like all of Winner except TH.

    Love ‘Baby baby’. KSH came out with a solo mini album. During the show between Winner and ikon. I really liked ‘It Rains’

  • Reply ravenrhyme September 12, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Hope you were able to get updates on Winner after this post. Really Really was a monster hit and the rest is history. Another concert tour scheduled for 2020.

  • Reply KpopontheDownlow September 13, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I loved Really Really! I have been following Winner now and I hope they continue to do well.

  • Reply Bellarine February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

    OMG!! You just spoke my own story of discovering WINNER through KSY whom i first saw in the web drama “Love for a Thousand More” He was so HOT, i fell for him pretty quick.
    Then i discovered WINNER, and discovered What an Amazing Sexy Voice he has….like the more i discovered about him , the more i fell for him.
    And HIS VISUALS…yes GOD!!!his Visuals. I honestly thought,”he HAS to be the Visual of the group” ..and was very surprised when i saw he was not (Honestly, I Dont Agree with the korean beauty standards very much ) …but it really does not matter.
    I also think he is one of the sexiest man i’ve seen.
    Plus, He is Sooo Damn talented!! His Songs are Absolute gems, he is a very talented Composer as well , He can sing like God..His singing skills are Insane!! He manages his high-notes extremely well even though he has a very deep tone of a voice….His Dancing skills are No Joke either!! to me Hoony and KSY are the best Dancers in WINNER , especially KSY has Very Clean and Sharp moves with a lot of Energy
    and Attractive Expressions. like, HOW Can I NOT Be Impressed??? (not mentioning he is the Maknae and the Leader!) He is a Golden Player in All Fields .
    PS: Plus I owe him for introducing WINNER to me Or else imagine How much I would’ve missed?!?

  • Reply Zoë May 13, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    …And All this time, I thought i was the Only One!!!
    S.A.M.E! Me too … Everything u said..xcept i Got introduced to Winner Thro Him. I First saw him in Love for a Thousand more ..Got really attracted to his Hotness…discovered such a Musical Genius , his Insane Voice…and His Group!! …so, Here i am , Stanning

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