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.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.