A newly released ranking of the top 10 male celebrities in China is attracting mass discussions. The popularity ranking was determined by measuring the number of active fans online in the first quarter of 2021. As expected, stars with the highest commercial value Xiao Zhan (肖战), Wang Yibo (王一博), TFBoys’ Jackson Yee (易烊千玺), and Cai Xukun (蔡徐坤) topped the list. A newcomer on the list, Gong Jun (龚俊) stands out particularly with his growing potential.
Gong Jun’s Growing Popularity
On top of the ladder is naturally still Xiao Zhan with 4,089,461 average monthly active fans in support. Nearly doubled the number compared to Wang Yibo’s average of 2 million, these statistics had many netizens puzzled as to why Xiao Zhan is always leading when they both broke out in popularity through The Untamed <陈情令>.
In a similar situation, Gong Jun made it into the seventh spot while his co-star Zhang Zhehan (张哲瀚) has been left out. Despite both becoming huge stars through Word of Honor <山河令>, Gong Jun appears to have gained more new fans after the broadcast of the drama in February.
Some predict Gong Jun’s fast-growing popularity to be on the same path as Xiao Zhan, as there are even rumors of him apparently intercepting the latter’s endorsements. Despite the exciting competition, Xiao Zhan’s dominance will likely continue as his new drama The Oath of Love <余生,请多指教> will premiere in the second quarter of this year.
Li Yifeng Maintains Strength
Aside from the top four, Li Yifeng (李易峰) is in line with expectations by claiming the fifth position. With his military drama The Glory of Youth <号手就位> currently airing, his fans are very active and excited to see him onscreen.
With popularity rankings constantly in flux in the competitive Chinese entertainment industry, Li Yifeng is the only one among the former top four stars comprised of Luhan (鹿晗), Kris Wu (吴亦凡), and Yang Yang (杨洋) to have made it on the list while the rest are nowhere to be seen. Though that is not surprising, since times have changed and the latter three have also not been releasing many projects recently.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.