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[The Stars: Then & Now] Sept. 18, 2011: Jang Keun Suk Dated a Model(?), TVXQ Named Top Hallyu Star, Lee Min Ho Copycats Found in China and More

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2012.09.18 11:00 Mwave Nancy Lee

We’re ONE day away from our big anniversary, and we hope you’re still with us as we review the hottest news from around the time of our website’s launch last year.

September 18, 2011 proved to be a big day for a few big names in the hallyu world, as we reported on one star’s dating scandal and another hallyu star’s popularity in China.

Read on to see what we mean!

[The Stars: Then & Now] Sept. 18, 2011: Jang Keun Suk Dated a Model(?), TVXQ Named Top Hallyu Star, Lee Min Ho Copycats Found in China and More

Jang Keun Suk dated a model?

You know you’re a hallyu star if even your dating scandals are international, and always the center of attention, Jang Keun Suk was fending off rumors that he was dating Japanese singer and model Makimu just a year ago.

Although the two denied the reports, the rumors were enough to get Jang Keun Suk fans riled up.

One year later, it appears Jang Keun Suk has moved on, even introducing the world to his new girlfriend. ...Sort of.

Japan ranked top hallyu stars

Speaking of hallyu stars, Japanese entertainment magazine Nikkei Entertainment ranked the top hallyu stars in its October issue last year, and idol group TVXQ came out on top. No surprise here.

Big Bang, 2PM and B2ST also made the list for top K-Pop Male Artist, while Bae Yong Jun, Lee Byung Hun, Jang Keun Suk and Jang Dong Gun ranked high on the Korean Male Actors list.

TVXQ continues to come out on top today, whether it’s on DVD charts or in…personality polls.

Chinese fans were obsessed with Lee Min Ho’s fashion

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then it’s safe to say the hype surrounding actor Lee Min Ho in China last year was well-founded, where fans, young and old, couldn’t get enough of him and his City Hunter fashion.

What was more remarkable, however, was that the actor and drama had attracted a massive following before City Hunter’s official broadcast in the country.

Today, from Lee Min Ho’s dedication to his new drama Faith to rebuffing rumors that he’s a bad boy, the actor continues to prove he’s definitely role model material.

In fact, we wish there were more people like Lee Min Ho. But we’ll have to make do with his wax double for now.

Everyone and their mamas were watching Superstar K3

Can you believe just a year ago Busker Busker and Two Months were singing other idol groups’ songs on Mnet’s Superstar K3?

The viewership ratings peaked during the two groups’ duet performance of SHINee’s Juliette on the audition program last year, and it was only up from there for the show as well as the contestants.

A year later, Busker Busker has the entire nation singing along to its very own chart-topping, song Cherry Blossom Ending, Two Months has signed with Yoon Jong Shin’s agency and Superstar K4 has gripped the nation once again.

Our heads are still spinning from the whirlwind year.

But there’s still more to come as we approach our first anniversary so stay tuned!

And check in for more Readers Appreciation Specials,highlighting YOU guys throughout the month!

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