BTS’ Kim Taehyung, Voted by Netizens as ‘Ultimate Asian Heartthrob of 2020’

2020 started off strong for BTS visual Kim Taehyung, also known as “V.” While his group kept on breaking a number of records and making new ones with their fourth Korean-language studio album “Map of the Soul: 7” and the release of their singles “Black Swan” and “ON,” V is also achieving milestones for himself as a solo artist.

Last March 13, V released the song “Sweet Night” for the soundtrack of the JTBC drama “Itaewon Class” starring his close friend Park Seo-Joon. Produced, written and sung by V himself, the English ballad garnered generally favorable reviews from critics and overwhelming response from fans around the world as it debuted at number 2 on Billboard’s US Digital Song Sales chart, becoming the highest debut for a Korean solo artist in the chart’s history. It also debuted at no. 1 on iTunes US sales chart (all genre) and stayed there for 6 days. Needless to say, “Sweet Night” also ruled the top position in various iTunes charts around the globe. Taehyung also surpassed 2 million listeners on Spotify in March making him the BTS member with the highest monthly listeners on the platform.

This month, even though the world is in quarantine because of the coronavirus, V keeps on adding a feather in his cap as he was voted by netizens around the world as the “Ultimate Asian Heartthrob” for the third year in a row. Winning this title was not easy for V as he faced strong opponents during the poll’s battle round.

In level one, he faced Ken Suson of SB19, a very popular Idol group in the Philippines which is currently at no. 7 of Billboard Social 50. He won by 75.37% of the votes.

In level two, V faced his strongest opponent yet: Xiao Zhan of China. It’s a week of epic voting battle between V’s ARMYs and Xiao Zhan’s Peter Pans which accumulated a total of 3,796,941 entries. V got 1,906,257 votes while the Chinese heartthrob garnered a very close 1,890,684 votes. The BTS visual won by only 0.21%

In level three, V faced GOT7‘s BamBam from Thailand. It became an easy win for the BTS idol as he garnered 91,371 votes against BamBam’s 18,951 votes which secured him a slot in the finals.

In the final battle for the title, Taehyung faced NCT 127’s Jaehyun, Trinity’s Porsche, Filipino heartthrob Alden Richards, and three of his bandmates namely Jimin, Jin, and Jungkook. All seven of them vied for people’s votes not only in the online poll but also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well.

After 18,730,855 total votes received, Kim Taehyung topped the final battle with a combined score of 7,180,481. Jungkook settled for second place with a total of 6,492,222 votes. He also ranked second in last year’s edition.

From no. 5 in 2019, Kim Seokjin climbed to no. 3 this year for getting 2,945,148 votes in the finals. Jin also had an epic battle with Xiao Zhan during level 3 of the battle round. In the first 4 days of the poll, the Chinese heartthrob was leading but then Jin‘s ARMYs rallied during the last 3 days delivering 1,406,584 votes for their idol against 1,363,763 votes received by Xiao Zhan, thus earned him a slot in the finals.

From no. 33 in 2018 and no. 28 in 2019, Jimin climbed 24 notches up to no. 4 this year for garnering 1,693,282 votes.

In fifth place is newcomer Porsche (aka Sivakorn Adulsuttikul) of Thailand who got 195,438 votes. The Trinity rapper is the highest new entry for 2020.

In sixth place is Alden Richards of the Philippines who got 137,680 votes. He placed 23rd in 2018 and 30th in 2019. This is his peak in our annual ranking so far.

In seventh place is NCT 127’s Jaehyun who got 86,604 votes. He is also the second-highest new entry this year.

Here is the complete tally of votes from the Final Battle poll (as of 12:00noon of April 6, 2020):

Ranking Finalist Facebook Twitter Instagram Online Poll Total
1st Kim Taehyung, SOUTH KOREA 4,303,051 1,711,950 428,636 736,844 7,180,481
2nd Jeon Jungkook, SOUTH KOREA 4,040,582 1,558,970 348,246 544,424 6,492,222
3rd Kim Seokjin, SOUTH KOREA 1,287,393 1,137,420 162,019 358,316 2,945,148
4th Park Jimin, SOUTH KOREA 256,661 1,196,050 88,093 152,478 1,693,282
5th Porsche, THAILAND 107,238 40,070 7,351 40,779 195,438
6th Alden Richards, PHILIPPINES 64,012 37,290 7,361 29,017 137,680
7th Jaehyun, SOUTH KOREA 26,471 46,060 10,448 3,625 86,604

Because of his third consecutive win as “Ultimate Asian Heartthrob,” Kim Taehyung is now being inducted in our Hall of fame.

For online discussions, don’t forget to use the hashtag #VUltimateAsianHeartthrob2020. This hashtag, by the way, trended in the Philippines, USA, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, and worldwide.

Images courtesy of Dispatch, FILA, SM Entertainment and Big Hit Entertainment.

18 Comments on BTS’ Kim Taehyung, Voted by Netizens as ‘Ultimate Asian Heartthrob of 2020’

  1. He always deserved it!!!💜💜
    Borahae Taehyung-shii

  2. Anti-non manly floating people // May 21, 2020 at 3:14 am //

    Oh I’m sorry, it was expected as this list gonna be a most idiotic. There are lots of better people out there. Sick to gather for that group, childish people has lots of times to vote.

  3. Vpnst tae // May 7, 2020 at 3:31 am //

    Tae is ugly, non-sexual and mediocre gay, he is always and everywhere wooed by bots, even on fancams. Shame on his fans!

  4. Vpnst tae // May 7, 2020 at 3:28 am //

    tae ugly, non-sexy, mediocre gay👎👎💩 he is always and everywhere wooed by bots. Shame on his fans

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  6. fanserv // May 2, 2020 at 1:47 am //

    How is it possible Xiao Zhan is not showing here as second on this list??? He was ahead then because the captcha wasn’t working for 5 hours he fell behind (I emailed them on this!) but even then he only fell behind 00.21% which still gave him the second highest score above the others listed here. So he should be showing as second! I like BTS as a band but Xiao Zhan is an actor, singer, performer, dancer, artist, photographer and more! He is sooo talented, hot and has the most brilliant smile that just lights up a room!

  7. Anonymous // April 28, 2020 at 10:47 pm //

    Kim taehyung Kim taehyung Kim taehyung Kim taehyung Kim taehyung Kim taehyung Kim taehyung 😗😗😙😙😙😙😙

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  10. Anonymous // April 16, 2020 at 3:20 pm //

    Please delete all my hateful comments. I am very sorry that I gave in to a feeling of anger, I have no excuses. I repent and offer my sincere apologies to Kim Taehyung

  11. akachan_taehyung // April 9, 2020 at 4:43 pm //

    Omygosh baby tae i’m so proud of you. We love you so much❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  12. South Korea // April 9, 2020 at 10:22 am //

    Admit the fact that South Korea is ruling pop culture not only in Asia but the whole world!

  13. There are no popular heartthrobs in the west side of Asia. East side is ruling not only the whole Asia but the world!!!!

  14. Anonymous // April 8, 2020 at 2:55 pm //


  15. Kim taehyung park jimin jin // April 8, 2020 at 7:45 am //

    I love you bts suport you all bts but me is in your army is a date 2015-2014-2013-2012-2011
    Love u bts

  16. Well I am happy….. But instead of Asian Heartthrob it should be east and south-east Asian heartthrob 😑

  17. KatarinaPribadi // April 7, 2020 at 4:54 pm //

    Kim Taehyung

  18. Thanh Thùy // April 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm //

    chúng ta đã làm được rồi,KIM TAEHYUNGGGG,
    ILoveYouuuuu :vvv

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