As 2007 draws to a close, it's time to reflect and pay tribute to the stars who made this a year to remember. On that note, The Hollywood Gossip is announcing its 10 finalists for its first annual Celebrity of the Year award.
They've given us their best, their worst and, in a more than a few cases, their naked pictures. Now it is time for us to give a little something back with this special feature, because without these celebrities, we are nothing.
We previously profiled the young sex kitten Hayden Panettiere at #9. Now, without further delay, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #8 â€¦ Tameka Foster!
Before 2007, even hardcore Usher fans had never heard of Foster. Within months, however, this 42-year old had grown into the bane of their R&B loving existence.
Who was this mother of three to be dating their man? His washboard stomach and sultry voice deserved someone closer to Beyonce, a companion more like Alicia Keys. To this day, Tameka Foster invokes a scorn within Usher's camp that not even the most ardent Simon Monjack haters can summon.
While other girlfriends and new wives, such as Alexis Phifer or Renee Sloan, were being welcomed by fans of their loved celebrities, Tameka battled hate mail all year long. It didn't end with the birth of Usher's first child, either, as Usher Raymond V entered the world in November.
As we enter 2008, the buzz surrounding Foster and Usher should die down. They're married. They're raising a child. There's little else to say on the matter.
Plus, Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse are pretty much stealing all the controversial newlywed headlines at this point.