K-Entertainment has ALWAYS been blessed with hot men… but the dating shows? Oh, the dating shows.
South Korean TV dating programs like Heart Signal, EXchange, and Single’s Inferno made it clear: These non-celeb male contestants are 100% celeb-worthy.
Check out the 5+ hottest men who rose to absolute stardom after appearing on dating shows and looking fine—all the while waving giant green flags, too! (Well, most of them, at least.)
1. Jang Cheon
Legal attorney (turned TV personality) Jang Cheon appeared on the very first season of Heart Signal. As a man of the most charming duality, he received the highest number of “signals” on the show!
2. Kim Hyun Woo
Chef-turned-influencer Kim Hyun Woo appeared on the second season of Heart Signal. Finding himself in the middle of an intense “love triangle,” he kept the viewers on edge throughout the season. Unfortunately, after his past drunk-driving incidents got exposed online, his rise to stardom came to a halt.
3. Shin Min Kyu
Strategy consultant Shin Min Kyu appeared on the final season of Heart Signal, as well as the spinoff After Signal. His idol-like visual is what attracted a ton of viewers at first, but his sweetheart personality is what made them stay!
As of November 2023, following their post in August 2023, he is still assumed to be in a relationship with the woman he met on the show!
4. Jeong Kyu Min
Motion graphic designer Jeong Kyu Min appeared on the second season of EXchange (also known as Transit Love), alongside his ex-girlfriend of six years, Seong Hae Eun. While, at first, he frustrated the viewers for pushing Seong away, he later became one of the season favorites for giving her the closure she needed and letting her—and himself—move on.
Dex (also known as Kim Jin Young) was somewhat known for his previous TV appearances, but it was his participation in the second season of Single’s Inferno that really captured his likable personality and made him an international star.
His “swimming pool date” with contestant Shin Seul Gi remains one of the most watched clips for being the sexiest, most flirtatious moment to air across all TV dating shows.
6. Lee Gwan Hee
Professional basketball athlete Lee Gwan Hee has been the center of attention all through the third season of Single’s Inferno. Though good-looking and all, he kept the viewers on the fence with his “red flag personality.”
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