Baikal’s Lee Ho Chan Revealed To Be A Former Comedian

It has recently been revealed that one of the members in boy group Baikal, is a former comedian.

The group Baikal, whose name means the group will soak their fans’ hearts like a lake, debuted on September 21 with their title track “Hiccup.” One of the group members, Lee Ho Chan was a member of SBS comedian class of 2014, and is the first comedian-turned-idol in Korea. He debuted on comedy program “Oot Cha Sa” (also known as “People Looking for a Laugh”), and appeared in the segment called, “Hey Ho Chan” (literal translation). He showed great chemistry with senior comedians and was known for his adorable and casual attitude.

Previously, Lee Ho Chan uploaded a post on Instagram revealing his thoughts on debuting as an idol. He explained that he had dreamt of being a singer for a long time and that he treasured his time as a SBS comedian. He also expressed his gratitude towards his fans and promised to stay humble as he fulfilled his dream as a singer.

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안녕하세요 이호찬입니다. 먼저 그룹 바이칼로서 여러분께 인사드리게 되어 매우 기쁩니다. 17살때부터 키워 온 가수의 꿈을 드디어 이룬 것 같아 너무나 행복한 나날을 보내고 있는데요, 한편으론 개그맨 이호찬의 모습을 그리워하는 분들도 계시지 않을까하는 생각도 들었습니다. 처음 인스타를 통해 데뷔 소식을 알려드렸을 때처럼 전 sbs 희극인으로 보냈던 나날이 그 무엇과도 바꿀 수 없는 값진 행복이었습니다. 그리고 지금은 오랜 꿈이었던 가수의 꿈을 이룬 지금 역시 마찬가지 입니다. 개그맨 이호찬, 슈퍼문 이호찬 ,바이칼 호찬은 모두 같은 사람이며 변하지 않을 것입니다. 항상 낮은 자세로, 겸손하고 감사하는 마음으로 행동하겠습니다. 조그마한 욕심을 가져보자면, 먼 길을 돌고 돌아 잡게 된 기회를 여러분과 함께 기뻐하며 축하받고 싶습니다. 항상 초심 잃지 않는 가수가 되겠습니다. 이상 sbs 공채 14기 코미디언 바이칼의 맏형 호찬이었습니다. 감사합니다.

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Full translation:

“Hello, this is Lee Ho Chan. I’m very happy to be greeting you all through the group Baikal. Ever since I was 17 years old, I wanted to be a singer and I’m so happy I am able to achieve that dream. But I also think there are people who will miss comedian Lee Ho Chan. Just as I felt when I notified everyone through Instagram that I would be debuting, I feel that my days as a SBS comedian is valuable and is something I would not change. And now as I fulfill my longtime dream, I feel exactly the same.

Comedian Lee Ho Chan, Super moon Lee Ho Chan, Baikal’s Lee Ho Chan – they are all the same person and I will not change. I will always act humbly and with a thankful heart. If I were to have a little bit of greed, I would like to share my happiness and be congratulated by you all for this difficult-to-obtain opportunity. I will become a singer who does not forget his roots.

This was SBS comedian class of 2014 and Baikal’s eldest member Ho Chan. Thank you.”

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