Zelo 젤로 is the maknae and lead rapper of B.A.P.
Zelo was born Choi Junhong 최준홍 on Tuesday, October 15, 1996, in Mokpo.
He was born in the Chinese Year of the Rat and his zodiac star sign is Libra. Zelo and Daehyun’s blood type is A. At a height of 184 cm or 6'½", he’s B.A.P.’s tallest member. He’s taller than the shortest member, Jongup, by 8 cm.
He attended Seoul School of Performing Arts and Sungdae Middle School. He and Yongguk both speak English. He has an older brother.
Zelo was a trainee for six years. He’s a member of the sub-unit Bang&Zelo with B.A.P.’s leader Yongguk. His stage name comes from the Greek god Zelos, the god of rivalry. He was named that because of how hard he worked among all of the members. He can practice for 20 hours a day and still feel like it wasn’t enough.
He used to share a room in the dorm with Daehyun. His job around the dorm was to do the laundry. Since he’s the group’s maknae, he had to wash last, but he usually got tired of waiting and fell asleep. He moved out to live with his family. If he could be another member, he’d want to be Yongguk. “Although I am also writing lyrics, but Yongguk hyung writes lyrics and composes, moreover, he is also able to produce. Becoming Yongguk hyung, I would like to experience something which is producing.”
In “Ta-Dah! It‘s B.A.P.,” he’s a robot created by Yongguk to help take over the world when they promoted their Bang&Zelo album. Daehyun is wary of him since he was programmed by Yongguk, thus he could be extremely dangerous. He has a tendency to “shut down” randomly.
He was inspired to become a singer by watching DBSK and Super Junior. When he was young, he would practice beat boxing and dance in front of his mom’s dresser. He attended an academy in Gwangju to improve his dancing and rapping skills, and had to travel there from Mokpo every day. The commute was about an hour, and the fare wasn’t cheap. After realizing how much his parents supported and encouraged him, he learned to be frugal. One day Dynamic Duo was performing at the Gwangju terminal and he took a picture with them. Ever since then, he’s admired them. Later, he was featured in one of Dynamic Duo’s concerts and performed the song “Solo.” Afterward, he asked them to “please raise me [to become a singer],” but they replied it would be difficult since they are both going into the army. Describing the moment, Zelo laughed and said, “It’s a memory I can’t forget.”
He’s a fan of Kanye West and will.i.am. His favorite food is kimchi. His favorite colors are gray, green, and red. His favorite movie is 2012. For fun, he likes beat boxing, skateboarding, and acrobatics.
He wants female fans to call him “oppa” even though he’s younger than most of them.
In B.A.P. lore, his matoki is blue. Its name is Totomato.