Following the news that the octet had edged out SB19 in the final round of the competition, STAY flocked to social media to celebrate the win. “Congrats @Stray_Kids!!! Absolutely deserved<3 we love you guys so much!! And everyone else! Thank you for the friendly battle!” on fan wrote on Twitter, while another tweeted, “Congratulations STAYs !!!! We did it I’m so proud. @Stray_Kids THIS IS FOR YOU”
The band’s victory also received plenty of gracious felicitations from members of A’TIN, SB19’s global fandom. “We A’TIN, fans of SB19, offer our congratulations to SKZ and STAYs. It was a fair and healthy competition in the championship round. Thank you Billboard for giving us the opportunity to be a part of #BBFanArmy2022,” one user commented in response to Billboard’s story on Twitter, leading one particular Stray Kids fan to reveal the Fan Army Face Off had actually introduced them to SB19’s music.
Throughout the many rounds of competition, Stray Kids managed to fend off the likes of everyone from Ariana Grande’s Arianators and Cardi B’s Bardi Gang to Beyoncé’s BeyHive and the BTS ARMY.
Earlier this year, JYP-signed K-pop act released their sixth Korean-language EP, Oddinary, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and earned the biggest first-week sales of the year up to that point. They also just wrapped their North American headlining tour in support of the mini-album with a show at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena last Thursday (July 14).
Check out some of the best fan reactions to Stray Kids winning Billboard’s Fan Army Face Off 2022 below.
Congrats @Stray_Kids !!! Absolutely deserved<3 we love you guys so much!! And everyone else! Thank you for the friendly battle!💗
— 𝘼𝙩𝙯 misses skz 🙁 || Hyunjuly💗 (@Blueberry_Atzin) July 19, 2022
Thank you! I learned about SB19 from this and love their music!!
— Gay Duolingo Owl (@R04496020) July 19, 2022
— soph🍀 (@wlskzhw) July 19, 2022
— 차차 (@skz_vibe) July 19, 2022
Stays! we did it!!! Thank you so much for voting and fighting till the last minute. Well done Stays
— STRAY KIDS ODDINARY (@puppymi87702510) July 19, 2022
I like winning everything. I want Stray Kids face plastered all over the world for people to go, "Ok who are these people and why are they literally everywhere, they must be popular lemme go check them out 🤔" pic.twitter.com/HZNRwDS77V
— Gaz (derogatory) 👾 (@GazEveLtwin) July 19, 2022
— mandy is oddinary (@oddinary_is) July 19, 2022
THANK YOU TO ALL STAYS WHO VOTED ON THE FAN ARMY FOR BB. And SB19 fans, thanks for the fair game, and I congratulate you too!
MY DARLING STAYS WHO VOTED, KISSES FOR EACH ONE OF YOU. I loveeeee winning something for our precious stray kids thank you!!🔥💞😭
— thea ☘️ | #hyunjuly begins (@theastays) July 19, 2022