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May 16, 2014

Princes (and Princesses) Charming

by Sarah Trunk, Staff Writer
There are so many vloggers out there on Youtube, it can be hard to choose which one best deserves your attention as you put off studying for APs or unwind after a long day. The British Youtuber sensations sweeping the internet nation certainly doesn't help, because there are countless Youtubers with pleasant accents or quirky personalities. Here's SCO's list of the top 5 most charming, most quirky and most pleasant British Youtubers to while away the time.

Dan (Danisnotonfire) and Phil (AmazingPhil)l

Technically, Danisnotonfire and Amazingphil are two different Youtube channels, but Dan Howell and Phil Lester are a package deal. They're flatmates and best friends that live in London. Phil is very family friendly and refuses to curse on his channel, which is mostly casual vlogs. He seems like a quiet northern boy on the outside, but a more in-depth look at his videos shows that he clearly has a darker, more snarky side. Dan is in a perpetual state of existential crisis and often makes videos about his own failures in life or situations other people might identify with. His perfect enunciation, which he blames on watching Winnie-the-Pooh when he was younger, makes him sound much more posh than he actually is. Both are on the dorkier side, with obsessions that include Pokémon, Totoro, placentas, and lions. Dan and Phil started to produce their own channel together called the Super Amazing Project, and last year started a radio show on BBC Radio 1. Just watching one video will get you completely hooked on their unique, dorky charm.

Charlie (Charileissocoollike)

Charlie McDonnell was one of the first to start vlogging, and the first vlogger to reach 1 million subscribers, so his legacy has inspired most of the other popular Youtubers today. Charlie talks about everything from science and philosophy to current events, pop culture, and tea. Charlie also writes music, both on his own and for a Doctor Who-themed band called Chameleon Circuit. He is kind and supports good values of other people, and recently came out to criticize his former long-term flatmate Alex Day when reports said Day had sexually abused a past girlfriend. He is extremely kind and trustworthy, and his intelligence and sweet nature make him extremely charming.

Emma (Emma Blackery)

Emma Blackery is a little different from some of the nicer, quieter youtubers. Her blunt humor is extremely funny, which is good, because she mostly does comedy vlogs. Emma's content is a combination of daily blog-style videos as well as stories about her life and the difficulties of becoming an adult. She lives with her dad after she was fired from her job, but she continues to make brilliant content, and her snarky personality is always charming.

PJ (KickthePJ)

PJ Liguori is a lesser-known Youtuber, but is still fantastic. He is very funny and random, but his videos also show a lot of artistic creativity and forethought. They are always a bit weird and unexpected, which is hard when the quirky archetype is slightly overplayed. He can be dorky one second and extremely dark the next, because his style is a lot less structured, a little more random and a little more surreal than some of this peers. He's not quite as well-known as a lot of others, which may be due to his unorthodox style, but his personality and ingenuity will be charming to all those willing to give him a chance.

Zoe (Zoella)

Zoe Sugg is very pretty, very cheerful and her accent is extremely charming. But what makes her really great is that she is still pretty, cheerful and charming despite all of the troubles she's had with anxiety disorders and other personal problems. This gives her character a lot more depth and helps her to give great advice in her videos. She does a lot of light-hearted do-it-yourself makeup and hair tutorials as well as normal vlogging. Combined, these things make her a great and very charming Youtuber.

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