Celebrity of the Year Finalist #7: Viral Video Stars!

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Before you know it, 2012 will be upon us.

In our 5th Annual Celebrity of the Year countdown, THG gears up for the new year by revisiting the year that was, and the stars that made us laugh, cringe and hurl in '11.

The rankings began with Lindsay Lohan at #10, Jennifer Lopez at #9 and Selena Gomez #8. Coming in at #7 is a different kind of celebrity ... the instant YouTube celebrity!

That's right, we're paying tribute to some of the Viral Video Stars who emerged from the online ether to achieve 15 minutes of fame this year. What a group to choose from!

In narrowing down the list, we selected only those made in 2011 or which made it big on THG in 2011, then picked a personal favorite from each month, then one extra.

Let's get to the countdown and honor some truly great, random people/animals!

Little Girl Covers Super Bass: Sophia Grace Brownlee, 5, became a sensation with this mildly inappropriate Nicki Minaj cover. Nicki herself gave Sophia props!

Deer Crashes Into Restaurant: Maybe they had a good deal on wings?

Military Police Clear the Porta-John: At an undisclosed Middle East location, America's finest practice the tactical clearing of a potentially lethal portable toilet.

Kid Does Dishes, Dances to MJ: That's one way to make chores a real Thriller!

Reporter Freaks Out in Haunted House: This journalist thought she was doing a run of the mill local interest story on a haunted house. She thought wrong.

Greatest. Marriage. Proposal. Ever. Your proposal was just crushed compared to this, as were all future proposal ideas. Thanks a lot, online proposal person.

Thumbs Up For Rock & Roll! A truly triumphant moment from an exuberant area youth who, after conquering a bicycle, felt he could take on the world next.

Inception Animals: Some of the web's greatest animal video stars team up for this montage of clips set to the theme from Inception. One word: Epic.

The Dad Life: An all-time tribute to American dads, this rap video (first released in 2010), gained even more online traction this year ... and how could it not?

Mylo the Rapping Cat: He's just a cat, and he's doin' cat stuff ... WHAT!?

Sexy Sax Man: Sergio Flores, an LA-area man, plays "Careless Whisper" by George Michael on saxophone until he is kicked out of various public places. Enough said.

Baby Laughing at Ripping Paper: This video of a laughing baby named Micah earned his parents millions of views and a trip to the Today show. Well deserved.

Crazy Nasty Ass Honey Badger: He don't give a f--k. He don't care.

What was your favorite video of 2011?


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