On September 26, media outlet Ilgan Sports revealed 2017’s results for their yearly survey on the “power people” who have the most influence in popular culture.
150 people participated in the survey, with 50 people each from the broadcast, film, and music industries. Each representative wrote their votes for the top five. Each first place answer got five points, second place got four, third place got three, fourth place got two, and fifth place got one.
Actor Song Kang Ho takes the crown with his influence on the Korean film industry. In the past year, he has reached an audience of 19.7 million with his films “The Age of Shadows” and “A Taxi Driver.”
Although Wanna One just debuted in August, their influence has been proven strong enough to place them in second. Broadcasting stations and advertisers have been competing intensely to recruit the group due to their effect on ratings and sales.
The only other idol groups that ranked in the top 30 are BTS at No. 7 and TWICE at No. 20. BTS has demonstrated their incredible global impact, and KBS producers Kim Young Do and Kang Byung Taek commented that they are “idols representing the country.” TWICE jumped up seven spots from last years ranking to be the only girl group in the top 30. The group has released hit after hit from “TT” to “Knock Knock” and “Signal” in the past year.
The solo singers that made the list are Lee Hyori at No. 6, Yoon Jong Shin at No. 15, and IU at No. 29. Lee Hyori made her long-awaited comeback to the music industry in July, while IU has been continuously topping charts with each of her releases. Both singers have been even further in the spotlight through their chemistry on variety show “Hyori’s Homestay.” Yoon Jong Shin recently won his first music show after 28 years with hit track “Like It.”
Drama writers Kim Eun Sook of “Goblin,” Baek Mi Kyung of “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” and “Woman of Dignity,” and Lee Soo Yeon of “Stranger” also made the list. In terms of PDs, Na Young Suk of “Three Meals A Day,” “New Journey to the West,” and “Newlywed Diary,” Ahn Joon Young of “Produce 101 Season 2,” and Kim Tae Ho of “Infinite Challenge” were seen as influential this past year.
Check out the top 30 below:
1. Song Kang Ho – 248 points
2. Wanna One – 219 points
3. Sohn Suk Hee (news anchor and president of JTBC’s news division) – 196 points
4. Na Young Suk (CJ E&M PD) – 184 points
5. Kim Eun Sook (drama writer) – 183 points
6. Lee Hyori – 123 points
7. BTS – 93 points
8. Gong Yoo – 80 points
9. Bong Joon Ho (film director) – 47 points
10. Baek Mi Kyung (drama writer) – 45 points
11. Lee Soo Man – 41 points
12. Kang Ho Dong – 36 points
13. Lee Sang Min – 32 points
14. Rhyu Si Min (writer and former politican) – 29 points
15. Yoon Jong Shin – 28 points
15. Yang Hyun Suk – 28 points
17. Kim Hee Sun – 27 points
18. Yoo Jae Suk – 25 points
19. Lee Soo Yeon (drama writer) – 24 points
20. TWICE – 22 points
21. Yoo Jung Hoon (CEO of film distribution company Showbox) – 21 points
22. Shin Hyung Kwan (president of CJ E&M Mnet Contents Business) – 20 points
23. Kim Sung Soo (CEO of CJ E&M) – 19 points
23. Kim Gura – 19 points
24. Ahn Joon Young (CJ E&M PD) – 17 points
25. Moon Jae In (president of South Korea) – 16 points
26. Kim Tae Ho – (MBC PD) – 14 points
27. Yoo Hae Jin- 12 points
28. Park Seo Joon – 11 points
29. IU – 10 points
29. Seo Jang Hoon – 10 points
Industry representatives who participated in the survey include executives from CJ Entertainment, Lotte Entertianment, Showbox, Sidus HQ, C-JeS Entertainment, BH Entertainment, Management SOOP, Namoo Actors, King Kong by Starship, Huayi Brothers, SM Entertainment, Big Hit Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, Source Music, DSP Media, OUI Entertainment, Star Empire Entertainment, Cube entertainment, Plan A Entertainment, Woollim Entertainment, Brand New Music, Amoeba Culture, Antenna Music, Starship Entertainment, TS Entertainment, Mystic Entertainment, FNC Entertainment, MMO Entertainment, Jellyfish Entertainment, Yuehua Entertainment, Fantagio Music, Pledis Entertainment, YMC Entertainment, Genie Music, Loen Entertainment, CJ E&M, Around US Entertainment, and more.