EXO‘s Kai is known as the ‘idol of idols,’ and it’s not hard to see why. With his charismatic performances and unmatched stage presence, he is a true standout in K-Pop. Since debuting with EXO, Kai has set a standard in the industry, so it’s no wonder there are many idols who look up to him.
Here are 10 male K-Pop idols who look up to and majorly stan Kai!
1.NCT DREAM’s Jaemin
Jaemin has named Kai as one of his favorite artists. Since they’re both in SM Entertainment, Kai is actually one of his seniors, making Jaemin a lucky fan!
2. ATEEZ’s Seonghwa, San and Yunho
All three of these ATEEZ members have Kai as their role model, as well as Kai’s bestie SHINee‘s Taemin. Seeing as ATEEZ are known for their impressive performances, it’s no surprise where they get their inspiration!
3. SF9’s Taeyang
As one of the biggest Kai fanboys out there, Taeyang recently became a successful fan after meeting his idol at London’s HallyuPopFest.
In fact, fans couldn’t get over Taeyang’s big K-Drama moment!
kai giving taeyang the chance to HOLD HIS HAND and taeyang missing it and then kai laughing after… what kdrama is this
— rou 🍑 (@kji_rnb) July 11, 2022
— rou 🍑 (@kji_rnb) July 10, 2022
4. CIX’s Bae Jinyoung
While Taeyang missed his chance to hold Kai’s hand, Bae Jinyoung did not hesitate to hug him. Kai is, after all, his friend, role model, and dream collaborator.
— Zee🍑 (@beminekai) July 10, 2022
5. ENHYPEN’s Jay
In a birthday live stream, Jay once named EXO’s Kai as his true role model. Luckily ENHYPEN got to share the stage with him at this year’s KPop.Flex concert in Germany!
6. Stray Kids’ Lee Know
In a radio interview, Lee Known once claimed that seeing Kai made him want to be like him.
7. ONEUS’s Hwanwoong
Main dancer Hwanwoong once got straight down to facts, saying that when it comes to dancing, it’s always going to be Kai.
ONEUS Hwanwoong mentioned #Kai in interview
Q. Sunbae singer whose their real person amazed you among music program schedule? Sunbae singer you want to meet again?
— 🙂 (@jjongjjung) February 6, 2019
8. VERIVERY’s Hoyoung
Hoyoung says that he was inspired to become an artist because of Kai!
[INFO] 210515 — Hoyoung from VERIVERY has mentioned Kai as his role model on today’s Ontact G-Kpop Concert.
— KAI NATION (@KaiNationUnion_) May 15, 2021
9. E’LAST’s Choi In and Rano
As dancer and main dancer of E’LAST, Choi In and Rano both look up to Kai as their inspiration. When one of their promotion periods overlapped with Kai’s, Rano posted about how happy he had been to run into Kai at music shows.
210213 — Rano from E’LAST has mentioned Kai in one of his fancafe updates after covering Mmmh and Hello Stranger! ✨
— KAI NATION (@KaiNationUnion_) March 3, 2021
10. Kang Daniel
Kang Daniel once spilled on how sexy he thinks Kai is, as well as how he’d like to be like him!
Taeyang and Bae Jinyoung running into Kai at London’s HallyPopFest were iconic moments. Check out the link below for more!