It has been announced that the ultimate winner of Billboard’s “Fan Army Face-Off” is none other than BIGBANG’s fandom, V.I.P!
On August 18 (US time), Billboard revealed that the ultimate winner of the fandom voting championship has been declared as V.I.P, with 91% of the total votes in the final round, against Echelon—the fandom of American singer and actor Jared Leto’s band, Thirty Seconds to Mars.
The “Fan Army Face-Off” began on July 7 and began with 32 well-known fandoms, in order to uncover the most powerful fan club. The voting tournament went through five different rounds, and a total of over 20 million votes, before narrowing down the candidates to decide on one final winner.
In the very first round, V.I.Ps went against Rihanna’s fandom, Rihanna Navy, Selena Gomez’s Selenators in the second round, Girls’ Generation’s Sones in the third round, Skillet’s Panheads in the fourth, and finally won over Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Echelon in the very last round.
This win is especially special for the V.I.P fandom, as well as BIGBANG, as the group celebrated their eighth debut anniversary on August 19, after making their way into the music industry in 2006.
Congratulations to BIGBANG and V.I.Ps!
Take a look at how the matches played out in the chart below!