Actor Lee Jun-ki and actress Song Hye-kyo have been chosen as foreignersâ€™ favorite Korean stars. Roughly 3,000 viewers from 60 countries, including the United States, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore, took part in a survey conducted by the entertainment program â€œShowbiz Extraâ€ of Arirang TV to vote for their favorite Korean stars and Lee and Song finished first in the movie star category.
Lee outranked Rain and Gong Yu by a considerable margin, solidifying his status as a new hallyu star. Song took 49.5% of the vote, easily taking first place over other actresses. In the musician category, Girlsâ€™ Generation narrowly edged out BoA by less than 1% of the votes to rank as foreignersâ€™ favorite female musician. As for the male singer category, Super Junior won 41.9% of support, defeating Asian star TVXQ , who earned 33.6% of the votes. SHINee was selected the most popular new artist, followed by 2PM and FT Island . Actor Kim Beom of â€œThe East of Edenâ€ and â€œBoys over Flowersâ€ surprised everyone by winning the title of foreignersâ€™ favorite new actor over another heartthrob, fellow actor Lee Min-ho of â€œBoys over Flower.â€