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BTS’ Jimin Is The Most Preferred Idol Of Koreans In 2018, Survey Says

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South Korea agrees — BTS’ Jimin shone bright this 2018!

BTS’ Jimin topped Gallup Korea’s survey of most preferred idol of 2018, rising from last year’s seventh place.

The lead vocalist and main dancer of the boy group garnered 12.8 percent of the total votes from 1,501 individuals aged 13 to 29. He ranked number one among women aged 13 to 18 and 19 to 29, recording 19.9 percent and 15.2 percent of the votes respectively.

Meanwhile, among men, he continues to display high preferability despite losing the top spot to Red Velvet’s Irene and getting second place among boys aged 13 to 18. Although he saw a lower ranking in the 19 to 29 age group, the singer still holds the highest place — fifth place — compared to other boy group members in the age group dominated by female idols.

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Who else entered the list?

BLACKPINK’s Jennie followed BTS’ Jimin in the ranking with 12.2 percent — a difference of 0.6 percent. The girl group member who recently debuted as a solo artist with “Solo” displayed high rankings in all age groups for both male and female respondents.

Jennie placed third among boys aged 13 to 18 and second in men aged 19 to 29 with 13.6 percent and 14.6 percent, respectively. Among women, she ranked third among women aged 19 to 29 with 12.1 percent. However, she failed to make the top ten among girls aged 13 to 18.

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Last year’s number one pick, IU, dropped to the third place this year, garnering 11.9 percent of the votes. Still, the singer, who celebrated her tenth anniversary in 2018, remained the favorite of men aged 19 to 29. She topped the ranking in the age group with 15.3 percent of the votes.

Among boys aged 13 to 18, she placed fifth with 9.2 percent, while girls aged 13 to 18 positioned her on the seventh place this year. Meanwhile, women aged 19 to 29 put her in the fourth spot with 11.2 percent of the votes.

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Check out the full list of singers who made it to the survey’s Top 20:

  1. BTS’ Jimin – 12.8 percent
  2. BLACKPINK’s Jennie – 12.2 percent
  3. IU – 11.9 percent
  4. Red Velvet’s Irene – 10.4 percent
  5. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel – 9.1 percent
  6. TWICE’s Nayeon – 6.7 percent
  7. BTS’ Suga – 6.2 percent
  8. BTS’ Jungkook – 5.4 percent
  9. BTS’ V – 5.2 percent
  10. BLACKPINK’s Jisoo – 4.8 percent
  11. BTS’ Jin – 4.7 percent
  12. BTS’ RM – 4.2 percent (tied for 12th place)
  13. TWICE’s Tzuyu – 4.2 percent (tied for 12th place)
  14. Sunmi – 3.5 percent 
  15. Red Velvet’s Seulgi – 3.4 percent
  16. Mamamoo’s Hwasa – 3.1 percent
  17. EXO’s Chanyeol – 2.6 percent (tied for 17th place)
  18. TWICE’s Jeongyeon – 2.6 percent (tied for 17th place)
  19. TWICE’s Sana – 2.6 percent (tied for 17th place)
  20. BIGBANG’s Seungri – 2.5 percent
  21. TWICE’s Momo – 2.5 percent

This year’s survey also marked the first time BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Jisoo and BTS’ Suga, Jungkook, and V entered the top ten.