Here are the results to the “Who is your favourite member from KARA?” poll.
1st place: Nicole – 53 votes (36%)
2nd place: Hara – 34 votes (23%)
3rd place: Seungyeon – 24 votes (16%)
4th Place: Jiyoung – 19 votes (13%)
5th Place: Gyuri – 18 votes (12%)
Total votes: 148
Nicole and Hara battling for 1st place was expected but I didn’t expect Gyuri to come in last place. I guess her Goddess concept rubs some people the wrong way. Anyways, I’ve put up my own ranking of my favourite KARA members and so has Ryuusenka from the JAP-On! Blog. My rankings are on the right and Ryuu’s rankings are one the left.
Han Seungyeon (한승연) [Ryuu’s #1]
My number one belongs to KARA’s hamster and fake maknae. When I first found KARA, she had been the member that really stood out in my mind. Her amazing eye-smile quickly caught my attention and sucked me in, as well as her cute smile and fun personality. After listening to more of KARA’s music I quickly realized how strong of a vocalist she was. I also love the fact that she watches anime and likes teach/ gadgets. She has the awesome ability to switch between her cute and innocent side and her sexy side. She is a blast to watch in variety shows, her responses and reactions are always witty and funny. Ham Jjang! 사랑해
Nicole [Cloud’s #1]
Number 1 on my KARA ranking goes to Nicole. Not only is she #1 in KARA, but amongst all the K-Pop idol girl groups, she takes the #1 position in my heart. Nicole is a combination of hot, sexy, and cute. Her one track mind and passion for food is adorable. She’s just that awesome and there’s really nothing about her you can dislike. Watching her on variety shows is such a blast. Her lack of communicating and understanding of the Korean language always gives me a good laugh and her inability to do aegyo is just hilarious. On top of all that, Nicole is a pretty good dancer and is clearly the best member at doing the “butt dance”. Every time I watch the Mister performance, my eyes are glued on her. I also love it when she speaks English and writing some of the rap lyrics from their second album “Revolution” scored her some big points in my book.
Nicole Jung (정니콜) [Ryuu’s #2]
Nicole is a close second in my book. I am always impressed by her vocal/rapping ability, her knockout dancing, and her 4-D personality. She is easily one of the best dancers of all the current idols, and her raps are top notch as well. Her “special” aegyo is one-of-a-kind, and her “strong” grasp on the Korean language always makes me laugh. I fell in love with her and her personality after watching shows like, Family Outing, her “Level with Me” segment from Star Golden Bell, and Heroes. NICOLE FIGHTING
Gyuri [Cloud’s #2]
Number 2 on my KARA ranking is the beautiful Gyuri. She really lives up to her Goddess concept. When I actually think about it, in terms of looks, I would rank Gyuri as #1 out of all female K-Pop idols. She also has the best face without make-up. When I first started listening to KARA, I found her voice to be the most distinguishable among the members. One of the things I like about her is how well she handles herself on variety shows. She’s very witty and always knows what to say. I especially love her sharp tongued comments that she makes. She’s a great entertainer and knows how to make a show interesting. Her aegyo is pretty good too. On top of all that, she’s a great leader and acts like a mother to the younger members.
Park Gyuri (박규리) [Ryuu’s #3]
Who doesn’t love a goddess? I must say I was surprised by her charisma. At first I really only focused on Ham and Nicole, but as I followed KARA more and more, Gyuri really started to emerge and catch my attention. As she says, she does look very pretty with or without makeup, and is extremely confident in herself. She has great vocal abilities and watching her on variety shows has yet to disappoint. I really like how she is so charismatic and a true leader.
Hara [Cloud’s #3]
Hara was the very first member of KARA I discovered. The first thing I though to myself was, “Wow this girl is pretty. It’s almost unreal and her hair is so straight and shiny.” She resembles Namie Amuro which I’m a big fan of but Hara is much prettier IMO and much more outgoing. Around the time I was getting into K-Pop, I was always hearing something about Hara. Some of the notable stuff was her boxing match and the race at the idol special. The one thing I know Hara most are her goofy antics on Invincible Youth.
Goo Hara (구하라) [Ryuu’s #4]
Hara is a very special case with me, sometimes I love her and sometimes I just don’t see why I even like her. She is very attractive, but I feel a lot of her popularity is based off of her looks and childish actions. Granted sometimes she can pull it off and make me laugh, but others just make me wonder…. Although after watching her Invincible Youth, she has redeemed herself and is on the upswing.
Seungyeon [Cloud’s #4]
Number 4 goes to Seungyeon. I lost a little bit of my interest in her when she cut her hair. She looks much better with long hair. Most people say she looks like a hamster but I just don’t see it…until I saw this. I can see the resemblance now. The moment where I became a Seungyeon fan was when she caught a mouse with her hands and somewhat teased the other members with it. You don’t see that sort of thing too often amongst female idols. She’s also a tech geek, an anime fan, and her professionalism like when she took a huge fall during a Lupin performance and still continued. She even performs with her cast on. Those gave her some extra points in my ranking.
Kang Jiyoung (강지영) [Ryuu’s #5]
Sorry Jiyoung, but by process of elimination you got last. It’s not that I don’t like her, more I prefer the other members over her. I haven’t seen her on as many variety shows and such, as the other members. In my opinion she only has the fact that she’s the maknae of the group going for her. She is still very young and defiantly has the potential to improve and break out of her shell. I feel like if I could see more of her I would rethink her position.
Also just a quick shout out to Kim Sunghee. Even though she left the group I feel that she deserves a quick mention. Overall KARA is one of my favorite groups, and I wish them the best of luck in Japan and in their future endeavors. KARA FIGHTING!!!
Jiyoung [Cloud’s #5]
Despite ranking Jiyoung at #5, I actually think she’s pretty awesome but compared to the other members, she needs something more than just being the maknae of the group. I remember in the Idol Show, Jiyoung
caught a baby shark with her bare hands. That was pretty damn amazing. From that moment, I started paying attention to her and I noticed that out of all the members, Jiyoung is the best at doing aegyo. Also, her stage presence when she performs Lupin was really something. She gives off such a mature aura but when you see her behind the scenes, she turns back into a little kid. Hard to believe she’s only 16.
There you go. The very first idol ranker on my site. It looks rather messy having two people’s posts put into one. Next time I think it’ll be better to just link to one another. So, what’s your KARA ranking?