January 20, 2017


K-Pop Top 40 Wildcards: Why EXO, BTS and VIXX Returned

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If you're one of the hundreds of thousands fans feverishly voting in our K-Pop Top 40 of 2016 six-round competition to crown the No. 1 K-pop video of the year, you've probably noticed something a bit peculiar now that Round 4 has officially started. Three videos voted out in previous rounds have returned: EXO's "Monster," BTS' "Blood Sweat & Tears" and VIXX's "The Closer." 

These are what we here at Fuse call, the Top 40 WildcardsEvery year when we do our annual Top 40, some videos voted out in early rounds end up garnering vote totals even higher than many other winners of matchups in subsequent rounds. To give those dedicated fans (and their favorite artists) a second chance, we bring back three of those high-performing videos to shake things up.

This year, three wildcards were brought back in Round 4—one video from Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3 whose vote totals were higher than any other axed video that round.

The Round 1 wildcard is EXO's "Monster," which originally lost to BTS' "Blood Sweat & Tears," but still got more votes than even some winners that round. The tables flipped to make Round 2's wildcard BTS' "Blood Sweat & Tears" which lost to CNBLUE's "You're So Fine" in the last minute. Round 3's wildcard is VIXX's "The Closer," yet another video that just barely missed its chance to come out on top. 

Round 4 is on now, so go vote for these lucky videos who were given a second chance. Or vote for one of the other amazing videos that have managed to get this far in the competition! Next, watch some of your favorite K-pop stars talk about their favorite songs.