It took us three days to decide on the cover to include idols from the US/Europe area, Korea/Japan Area, Mainland China Area and Taiwan/Hong Kong Area. The following was chosen for the cover:
Justin Bieber for the US/Europe Area (T/N: explanation was not translated)
Han Geng was the obvious choice for the mainland China area. Although he might not have been in the best condition compared to the some others in groups, but 2010 was definitely Han Geng’s golden year. His popularity grew exponentially after going solo, successfully expanded from the music industry into the movie industry, whether it’s his endorsements, or his popularity, his concert, all of it confirmed his status in the industry.
Aaron Yan of Fahrenheit for the Taiwan/Hong Kong Area (T/N: explanation was not translated)
Toma Ikuta for the Japan Area (T/N: explanation was not translated)
Hero JaeJoong of TVXQ/JYJ for the Korean Area (T/N: explanation was not translated)
Number 1 Idol of the year – Han Geng
Reasons for choosing him:
Highly Topical: No one expected Han Geng to will file a lawsuit admist SJM promotions to start a long process in court, leaving the gold plated title of Super Junior’s Chinese member to go solo, returning more shining then ever after disappearing for three month. The plot goes up and down not unlike a big year-end production.
Highest Popularity: It might sound a little arrogant, but it goes without a doubt that Han Geng was the top idol of this year and will lead the race next year by a long distance. After filing the lawsuit this kid’s popularity got even higher. The clean lawsuit turned a vast amount of casual fans, passer-bys and non-fans into dedicated “contract termination fans”. Tickets for his first concert pre-album release were almost impossible to get. New album “Geng Xin” sold over 270,000 copies in less then a month and conservative estimation of the current sales figure exceeds 500,000. CCTV-MTV Most Poplar Mainland Male Singer of the Year of 2010, no matter where, there is no pressure about his popularity.
Healthy Image: Giving thank you speeches in Chinese even when working in a foreign country, using his skills to steadily take one step at a time a great role model after returning to China…… This is mainstream… mainstream, you understand?
International Focus: It’s extremely difficult for any mainland Chinese singers to compete with Han Geng in terms of international popularity. Fans in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the US don’t get too crazy. “Geng Xin” was sold in stores in France, was ranked first in Singapore for 4 weeks straight, was even out of stock in Australia… there are many talented individuals in the Chinese music industry, but to talented on top of having both within country popularity and international competitiveness, with both the looks and values befitting of the Chinese and the international view, able to sing dance and act, and have handsome looks, there’s probably only Han Geng. (We) should spend more effort to guide (him).
Source: here (image source as tagged)
Translated by Windchime@geng-bao.net
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