Xiao Zhan Kicked out of Top 10 of China’s Largest Male Celebrity Ranking

Last year, Chinese actor Xiao Zhan (also known as Sean Xiao 肖战) experienced an immense surge in popularity with his beloved performance in The Untamed < 陈情令>. His success was evident through the establishment of his own studio, XZ Studio. Not only did he top all celebrity rankings, but he also landed on the Forbes China list of 30 Under 30 Asia 2019. However, such success and glory almost instantly went down the drain when he became embroiled in a censorship controversy caused by his diehard fans. Netizens boycotted all his works for months, which inevitably led to a sharp decline in his popularity and commercial value. A few days ago, he was kicked out of the top 10 of China’s largest male celebrity ranking that consists of 200 male celebrities.

Xiao Zhan fell to the 11th place while his The Untamed co-star Wang Yibo (王一博) ranked sixth. The other top 10 hottest male stars currently include Liu Haoran (刘昊然), Li Xian (李現), Peng Yuchang (彭昱暢), Jackson Yee (易烊千玺), Deng Lun (鄧倫), Zhu Yilong (朱一龙), Huang Jingyu (黃景瑜), Bai Yu (白宇), and Arthur Chen (陈飞宇). Ranking first is Turbo, who pulls in strong box office sales for his films, such as the Detective Chinatown <唐人街探案> series, in which he played the main lead. Following right after him is Li Xian, who became everyone’s “July Boyfriend” last summer with his tsundere performance in Go Go Squid <親愛的, 熱愛的>.

The most noteworthy ranking was TFBOYS’ Jackson, who managed to surpass his two band members Karry Wang (王俊凯) and Roy Wang Yuan (王源), who are respectively ranked 19th and 101st. Jackson is sitting in fourth place currently, as he is the youngest hottest rising star who possesses strong commercial value. He was highly praised and acknowledged for his performance in Better Days <少年的你>, which became a box office hit and made nearly 1.2 billion yuan in sales last year.

Source: Oncc

This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.

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  1. It’s ok. Xiao Zhan is talented and he will be back stronger. Real gold is not afraid of fire. Stop blaming him for others’ actions please! Thanks!

    1. @dramas4me It’s just a number. Real gold are forged by fire. And im pretty sure that he will come back better. Trials makes us all better and stronger. He will be like a Phoenix who will return from ashes to become a much better version of himself..
      Keep up the faith, there are still alot of people who believes in you.

  2. This article should be titled “Despite controversy, Sean Xiao remained near the top 10.” (lol)

    1. @sunnysun
      Yup that should be the right phrase. I have a funny feeling the article is intentionally discrediting him! Whateber it is… He is ranked top amongst his diehard fans.

  3. i like 刘昊然, he was so cute and adorable in detective chinatown.

  4. Xiao Zhan is still no. 1 in so many rankings and polls though lol. Saw he topped Vlinkage yesterday despite not even having any dramas airing. His upcoming dramas also topped the most anticipated list. There are so many lists that he’s no. 1 on but they chose to translate the one where he’s not lmao.

    1. @ccsoj Yeah, I’ve seen him #1 in other polls but I don’t know which poll is considered more important etc.

      I wonder though if his slip in rankings also have to do with the fact that he’s pretty much disappeared off the face of the earth for the past couple of months…even before the controversy broke out. Pretty much as soon as the lockdown started, he all but disappeared as well. Wang Yibo on the other hand is still doing his variety show.

      1. @dalebaines I’ve literally never heard of this particular ranking before, I don’t think it’s that important. The original article this translated one was based on didn’t even say it was the “largest” so idk where that came from. Unless they mean largest in terms of number of people (200) on the list.

      2. He still no.1 in many rankings and important rankings. You can see here
        If we really follow china ent, powertstar, baidu, weibo and vlinkage are bigger and most important.

  5. So many media reporting negative stuffs about XZ, but we, his fans knew so many polls that he tops. Lol. We’ll just keep supporting him no matter what. Love XZ soooooo much. #XZstronger #weloveXZ

  6. He’s still topping many other rankings and polls though.
    Thanks for your ‘concern’, XZ will come back stronger and reach greater heights with his talent and projects.

  7. obviously, minna only selects negative articles about XZ. There are several other polls where he’s still among the top 5.

  8. I got different news. Xiao Zhan is still on the top rank. How could this article report differently?

  9. Stop writing negative about Xiao zhan. He still no.1 in many rankings and important rankings. Here all rankings compiled, weekly and newest rankings.
    If you really follow china entertainment, you will know powerstar, weibo, baidu and vlinkage are the bigger and most credible.

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