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(Seoul, Yonhap News, Reporter Kang Jong-hoon) 2008-04-15

Jang Dong-gun and Kim Tae-hee have been selected as the most popular male and female actors for the 1st half of 2008. The most popular in singer section are Rain and Wonder Girls while Yoo Jae-suk and Shin Bong-sun are the most popular in the comedian section.

Marketing research firm Lee’s PR & Research Ltd announced the result of entertainer popularity survey for 1st half of 2008 which it conducted on 1,404 people aged 13 to 65 in 5 big cities nationwide from 25 to 31 March 2008.

In the male movie actor and TV drama actor section, Jang Dong-gun defended his No.1 position which he has held since 2nd half of 2005 with 25.4% (Translator’s Note: should be 1st half of 2005). Jo In-sung took the 2nd place (19.2%) and No.3 is Ahn Sung-ki (7.1%). Others in the top ten include Kwan Sang-woo, Bae Yong-joon, Jung Joon-ho, Won Bin and Jung Woo-sung – Kang Dong-won – Choi Bo-ram (joint 10th place)

In the female movie actor and TV drama actor section, Kim Tae-hee rose from last year 2nd half’s No.4 to No.1 with 16.0% and overtook Jeon Ji-hyun (8.5%). Kim Ha-neul and Choi Jin-sil whose TV drama are currently showing took the joint 3rd place with 8.4%. Others in the top 10 include Lee Young-ae, Kim Hye-soo, Han Ji-min, Song Yoon-ah, Kim Hye-ja and Song Hye-kyo.

In the male singer section, Rain with 15.7% support votes took No.1 position for the 6th consecutive time. Lee Seung-ki who gathered popularity through ‘1 night, 2 days’ corner in KBS2 TV’s ‘Happy Together’ rose to 2nd place with 11.8%. They were followed by BigBang, Tae Jina and SG Wannabe.

For the female singers, Wonder Girls took the No.1 position with 20.0% while 2nd place went to Girl Generation (18.7%). Lee Hyo-ri who held No.1 position since 2nd half of 2006 dropped to No.3 (18.2%). She was followed by Jang Yoon-jung and Jewelery.

In the male comedian section, Yoo Jae-suk confirmed his unique popularity with 51.1% while Kang Ho-dong took the 2nd place with 24.4%. They were followed by Park Myung-soo, Shin Dong-yub and Jung Jong-chul.

For female comedian, Shin Bong-sun maintained her No.1 place with 45.9%. She was followed by Park Mi-sun, Jo Hye-ryun, Kim Mi-hwa and Jung Sun-hee.

For sportsman section, Park Ji-sung defended his No 1 position with 47.2% while Lee Seung-yub and Park Tae-hwan took the joint 2nd place with 18.0%.

In the sportswoman section, Kim Yun-a took the No.1 place with an overwhelming support of 69.4%. She was followed by Pak Se-ri, Kim Mi-hyun and Michelle Wie.

[Translated by Just JDG Team]