The most hypothetically marriageable Hallyu stars
Or rather, perhaps the headline should more accurately read: Rhetorically speaking, say you were theoretically a woman in China, and you had to take a poll — which Hallyu star would you most hypothetically want to marry?
But first, a ranty sidebar. Sweeping, generalized conclusion o’ the day: Koreans love polls.
Or rather, Korean media loves polls. I suppose media in general, Korean and otherwise, likes reporting on them because they supposedly “represent” the “people” and their “opinions” or blah blah blah whatever, but my inner cynic (remarkably similar to my outer cynic) believes it’s just ’cause polls are easy topics on a slow news day. I’m not talking Gallup or BBC or CNN, because those might actually carry some weight, but do we really need to see every small-scale poll conducted by women’s magazines, cable entertainment programs, variety shows, and the like?
Judging from the amount of poll-reporting I come across every day (and some are truly stupid — which female entertainer has the most appealing bosomly charms? Are you effing kidding me?), the answer is YES. And I’m totally guilty of featuring them too. At first, the headlines catch my eye (they ARE good for that), but then you start to see the same questions and same names over and over, and you’re like, “Guh, these are lame.”
But here’s a poll anyway. Hey, it’s a slow news day.
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At least this poll has a large response rate in its favor (some of the lamer polls only cite a few hundred respondents), with tens of thousands of votes cast online. It asked the question on major Chinese portal site 163.com, “Which male star would you want to marry?” and the top 50 answers included eight Hallyu stars.
Coming in first was the veteran actor Andy Lau with an overwhelming 12,000+ votes cast in his favor. Second place with 5,000+ votes was Wu Chun of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit, and third went to Tony Leung. However, the surprise came with fourth place with an unexpected Korean name thrown into the mix. If the picture wasn’t an immediate tipoff, that was be-dimpled cutie Hyun Bin, enjoying popularity in China from his role in 2005’s super-hit My Name Is Kim Sam Soon.
Other Hallyu stars included pretty familiar names:
- 6th place, Rain
- 12. Jang Dong Gun
- 15. Kwon Sang Woo
- 20. Lee Junki
- 23. Song Seung Heon
- 29. Bae Yong Joon
- 48. Ju Ji Hoon