Miracle Nelson of Physical: 100

Miracle Nelson is one of the handful of foreign contestants in the hit Netflix series, Physical:100. Physcial:100 is a Korean competition show in which various professional athletes and performers with exquisite physical strength go head-to-head, overcoming various challenges. Within the first few episodes, Miracle Nelson has emerged as one of the top contestants with the potential to win the grand prize – but who is this foreign man capturing the hearts of the Korean public?

Who is Miracle Nelson?

Miracle Nelson’s full name is Miracle Nelson Chinonso. He is originally from Nigeria and is 28 years old. He has been a dancer, fitness model, and actor for many years, and moved to South Korea in 2019 to pursue a degree in modern dance.

Since arriving in Korea, he has been active on TikTok (NelsonMiracle), Instagram (itz_mkay), and YouTube (NelsonMiracle_). He has enjoyed a lot of career success here in South Korea, participating as a dancer and choreographer in national events. In 2022, he performed at the Daegu International Dance Festival and has worked with quite a few Kpop idols, being featured in music videos (Dalsubin,Only one of, June, Ukiss,[G] I-DLE).

As for fitness, Miracle is an accomplished bodybuilder.  He has participated in renowned bodybuilding competitions such as the IFBB ELITE PRO, and won a gold medal. Then, he received his pro card in the 2022 INBA COMPETITION (classic physique division).

Journey to Korea

Back in Nigeria, Miracle Nelson was an avid dancer, and interested in Kpop. In 2015, his dance group came to South Korea and won the Kpop World Festival.

As a result of the team’s success, the Korean embassy in Nigeria invited Miracle Nelson to come and work as a Kpop dance instructor to help promote Korean culture among the Nigerian public. While working there, he got to know more about Korea and its culture. Eventually, he fell in love with it and decided to move abroad and try his luck at creating a career in South Korea.

Preparing for Physical:100

Miracle Nelson was invited to join Physical:100 by an entertainment agency and went for the audition. There was no special preparation he did specifically for the competition. However, he stuck to his normal exercise routine and diet.

Normally, Miracle Nelson works out 6 times a week, for 3 hours each workout in addition to dancing regularly. On a daily basis, he eats healthily and does not drink alcohol or smoke.

If additional seasons follow, Miracle has these words of advice for people who would like to compete on the show:
“Definitely they should audition. To prepare I would advise you to try and dabble in other activities and get more knowledge about fitness to stay ready.”

BTS of Physical:100

Question: What was your first impression when you saw the people you would be competing against?
Answer:   I was really overwhelmed by how great everybody looked. There were also famous people,  haha, only people you see online! I was so happy to be a part of the show.

Question: Were there any moments when staff or other competitors helped you out, or made you feel particularly welcome during filming?
Answer:  The crew was, absolutely kind, as well as the other participants. 

Question: What was the most challenging part of filming the show for you?       
Answer: Definitely the language because I am not fluent in Korean yet.

Question: Did you learn anything about yourself throughout the course of the competition?
Answer:  I learned about how much I can push myself in times of challenges and how much I can translate that into my daily life.

Question: Has the competition impacted your future goals and plans in any way? 
Answer: Definitely, because now (that) I have showcased (my talents) to the world, I know it will create more opportunities for me.

Future for Miracle Nelson

The future is looking very bright for Miracle Nelson. Through Physical:100, he has demonstrated his abilities as an athlete, showing he is on par with living legends and Olympians.

Additionally, he has shown that he is more than capable of navigating the Korean entertainment industry. It is not easy for a foreigner to end up on such a prestigious show as this, alongside established stars. Overall, we are happy to have foreigners represented in a show such as this and cannot wait to see what other amazing things Miracle will accomplish in the future. Fighting!

Miracle Nelson is one of many accomplished Nigerians here in Korea. Click Here to read about how one Nigerian scientist received Seoul Honorary Citizenship!