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If you listen to music today, you're bound to hear some if not most artists aided by Auto-Tune, a phase vocoder that corrects pitch in vocal performances.

Thus, it has enabled individuals with no ability to sing, such as Kanye West, Heidi Montag and Britney Spears, among many others, to pretend they can!

In addition to correcting inaccuracies, auto-tuning vocoders can also be used to amusingly distort a human voice if pitch is dramatically raised or lowered.

Using this technology, you can turn anything into a good song. That said, below is a video detailing the year that was: synched up and perfectly in tune!

Here's Spencer Pratt, Octomom, Lady Gaga, Balloon Boy, Jon Gosselin, Sully the airline pilot, Kanye himself and even the U.S. President recapping 2009 ...

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John Stamos of Full House fame says he was targeted by blackmailers who threatened to sell so-called "compromising" photos of him unless he coughed up $680,000.

Allison Coss and Scott Sippola of Marquette, Mich., were arrested last week in an FBI sting operation after they met with an undercover agent, posing as a Stamos rep.

John Stamos Pic

The sting went down at a Michigan airport and they got busted.

After police raided the suspects' home, they discovered three John Stamos pics, a piece of paper with the actor's cell phone number on it, and a list of three celebrity gossip magazines with contact numbers for each, according to the affidavit.

If John Stamos can be blackmailed, who among us is safe?

Stamos was vacationing in Florida when he met Coss. At the time, the pair and another pal attended a party where pictures were allegedly taken of the actor.

Following the party, he began receiving email threats from a person who allegedly demanded $680,000 from Stamos or else the pics would be sold to a tabloid.

The affidavit did not describe the photos, but Stamos was told they would "cause harm" to his reputation if released. No word on when the pictures were taken.

Man, $680,000 for compromising John Stamos pics. Imagine what images proving a Tiger Woods overdose (or cellphone shots of the golfer naked) might fetch.

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As 2009 draws to a close, it is with great pride that The Hollywood Gossip staff unveils 10 finalists for its prestigious, Third Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These celebs have given us their best, their worst, their nude pics (sometimes) and their scandals (often). Now it's time THG paid tribute to their greatness.

We present Celebrity of the Year finalist #10 … Levi Johnston!

Levi Johnston Playgirl Photo

Last year, we first got to know Levi Johnston as the teenager who put a baby in Bristol Palin, daughter of Alaska Governor and GOP V.P. nominee Sarah Palin.

Right now? Well, that's still all he's known for.

By bashing Sarah relentlessly and jumping at every offer for money and PR, he's milked his 15 minutes harder and longer than anyone would have guessed.

For this, we salute the single father of Tripp.

Whether he's busting Palin's chops on Larry King, busting a nut (literally) in a TV ad spot or busting out nude Playgirl pics, Levi always keeps it interesting.

Here's a little photo tribute to Levi Johnston, who overcame long odds to become a quasi-celebrity in 2008 and went on to boost his profile big time in '09.

Click to enlarge (and enjoy, ladies) ...

  • Levi Johnston Nude Playgirl Picture
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  • Levi J. Pic
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  • Levi Johnston and Tripp Johnston
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  • Levi Johnston Playgirl Pic

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Did Tiger Woods overdose the night of his now-infamous car accident on prescription drugs and/or alcohol? That's the most recent rumor going around.

The golf legend did wrap his Escalade around a fire hydrant and his neighbor's tree, so it's certainly not a stretch to think he might have been in a daze that night and not the crazy Ambien sex kind of daze he fancied when nailing Rachel Uchitel.

Sources cited by TMZ are reporting that Tiger Woods was admitted to Health Central Hospital in Orlando the day after Thanksgiving for a suspected overdose.

The admissions chart lists "OD" and he was having trouble breathing.

The fifth floor of the hospital was on lockdown when Tiger arrived, and he was admitted under an alias, William Smith. His wife, Elin Woods, was by his side.

Was Tiger Woods overdosing the night of his car accident?

Elin Nordegren Woods, who "rescued" Tiger after the crash, gave paramedics two pill bottles at the accident scene - prescriptions for Ambien and Vicodin.

Tiger was in and out of consciousness, snoring at the scene, and sources say he clearly appeared to be under the influence of something - not alcohol.

Doctors used a breathing tube to assist his respiration. Tiger's alias was changed after a couple of hours to another alias to further protect his privacy.

This is just the latest in a string of damaging stories for Woods, who cheated on Elin (who is rumored to have moved out) with at least seven mistresses.

To make matters worse, his mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, was taken to the hospital this morning after suffering a stomach ailment at Tiger's house.

Hearing what he did makes us sick to our stomachs, too.

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Kate Gosselin is somehow among Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009. The only fascinating things to us are that someone stayed married to her for 10 years, and that her dead opossum hairstyle stays up. But so be it.

Before she and Jon Gosselin became embroiled in some of the year's best tabloid fodder, Kate was known simply as a reality TV mother of eight.

Eight kids she claims are devastated and crying themselves to sleep now that they're no longer in front of the cameras. No, Kate, that's just you.

"They cried in the van on the way home from school the other day. They kept asking, 'Where's the crew? Where's the camera crew? We miss them.' And I said, 'Our show is over.' ... Eight sobbing kids driving home from school," she said.

Defending herself from criticism that she exploits her kids, she adds:

"Unless you live in my house and, and see how everything that we have done with the show has been such a great experience, you can't speak."

Oh, how very wrong she is about that!

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Kate Gosselin adjusts her dead opossum weave. That thing should be on Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating List. Is it alive? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

The show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, recently ended its two-year run following a string of developments set in motion around the middle of the year.

In September, TLC made the announcement that Jon Gosselin would no longer appear on the series and that it would be re-titled Kate Plus 8.

Tht plan got axed after Jon objected to his kids appearing on TV, claiming that he "had an epiphany" that the show was exploiting the brood.

Kate disagrees, telling Walters Jon pulled the plug on the popular show "simply because he could." We'd have to say she's 100 percent right.

Still, she continues to whine about her kids "great experience," i.e. her paycheck, being snapped up, claiming that Mady, Cara, Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel, Aaden and Collin "watch DVDs of our show and it's family memories to them." Blech.

Unfortunately, Kate Gosselin says her days in front of the camera are far from over, as she is slated to do a new talk show next spring.

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Has Jessica Simpson traded down once again?

According to recent reports, Smashing Pumpkins (remember them from the 1990s?) frontman Billy Corgan has been smashing it ... with Jessica Simpson!

Terrible segues and sexual innuendo aside, this is a real rumor. E! says the alleged singer is smitten with the awful singer. That guy's voice is so dreadful.

Anyway, it's a lot more than just lust, they say. What reportedly started off as a mere crush on the alt-rocker has turned into something much deeper!

Hope the rest of the Pumpkins have their tuxes dry cleaned ...

Are Jessica Simpson and Billy Corgan smashing hitting it?

"She has fallen hard and is smitten," a source says of Jessica Simpson, adding that both she and 42-year-old Billy consider themselves "officially dating."

Reps for both have yet to comment, but another source close to Jess says her inner circle is not exactly thrilled when it comes to this rumored hookup.

"He's just another in an endless string of Jessica's boyfriends," says the source. "They think he's too old for her. No one takes her boyfriends seriously."

"She has had so many by now. They're sick of all of them being 'the one.'"

This quote is from someone who is friends with Jessica Simpson, too.

Sounds like even those close to her are sick of her 24/7/365 pity parties. No wonder Tony Romo flew the coop before Joe pressured him into marriage.

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Tiger Woods was smitten with O.G. mistress Rachel Uchitel, telling her he loved her and even calling her after his car accident, according to reports.

In the days following his post-Thanksgiving crash, which ultimately exposed a series of Tiger mistresses to the world, Rachel was sooo on his mind.

Even as police and celebrity gossip scrutiny began to envelop him, Tiger repeatedly texted her, telling her he wanted to figure out a way to see her.

It bears repeating, because it is so unbelievable, that this took place the National Enquirer broke the story that he and Rachel Uchitel had an affair.

Also unbelievable? It happened after Tiger's wife Elin saw him texting Rachel, accosted him, took his phone and called Rachel the night of the crash.

It is theorized that this is when Tiger left a voicemail for Jaimee Grubbs begging her to take her name off her phone, fearing an irate Elin would call her too.

A few hours later, Tiger wrapped his SUV around a tree.

Rachel Uchitel allegedly had an affair with Tiger Woods for several months, an affair she has told people was "intense" and a "real relationship."

She also told people Tiger had pursued her for four months prior to their first sexual encounter and was very "possessive" and "jealous" of others.

Jealous when he wasn't fantasizing about Rachel getting ransacked during Ambien-fueled threesomes with Derek Jeter and David Boreanaz, that is.

One of Rachel's friends says Tiger told her that he loved her more than once. No wonder he apparently thought it'd be worth it to buy her silence.

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Tiger Woods' mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, is in stable condition at an Orlando hospital after being taken from his home earlier Tuesday morning.

Medics responded to a 911 call at Woods' home and Holmberg, the mother of Tiger's wife Elin Nordegren, was admitted after suffering stomach pain.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said a 911 call from Woods' home at 2:35 a.m. EST Tuesday and transferred it to Orange County Fire Rescue.

Officials say Barbro Holmberg is in stable condition but few other details are known at this time. Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, did not comment.

According to WESH-TV, Barbro refused transport, but was later listed as an advanced life support patient and taken on a stretcher to the hospital.

Barbro Holmberg, Elin Nordegren's mother, will reportedly be fine.

What treatment she needed is not clear, but advanced life support is a term often used by medics/EMTs for resuscitation that extends beyond CPR.

The strange thing about Holmberg being transported via ambulance from Tiger's house to the hospital (the same one he went to two weeks ago)?

Reports surfaced yesterday that Elin Woods moved out on Tiger after his many affairs, and despite his many efforts to hold his marriage together.

Is that even true? Was she at Tiger's house with her mom trying to work things out with her cheating husband? So many questions unanswered.

UPDATE, 4:29 P.M. EST: Barbro was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and is now recuperating at Woods' home in Windermere, Fla.

More details to follow as the story develops ...

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Former Today show host Bryant Gumbel has lung cancer, the 61-year-old revealed this morning quite guest hosting Live with Regis & Kelly.

The veteran journalist revealed that he had surgery last month to relieve a malignant tumor in his chest. Part of his lung was removed.

He will be seeing his surgeon again next week.

"We had told a few people, we told my family, obviously. I even kept it from my staff at Real Sports," he said. "So I'm okay for the time being."

He joked, "I'm hoping they green light me to play golf again."

We're pulling for his full and prompt recovery!

Get well soon, Bryant Gumbel!

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As if trying to pass a controversial health care reform bill and escalating a war while trying to instill a sense of world peace weren't enough on Barack Obama's plate.

Now he has to deal with being lumped in with the world's most famous duplicitous sex-addict sleaze on the cover of Golf Digest! The POTUS cannot catch a break ...

Fortunately (for Barack), this is Photoshopped, and not a real image.

Golf Digest says it has no plans to pull the issue in light of all the scandalous recent Tiger Woods news, and despite the wealth of unintentional comedy therein.

The cover story, after all, is "10 Tips Obama can take from Tiger." LOL. Number 10: Look ... let me be clear ... you need to please your name off your phone!

There's also a complementary list of 10 Things Tiger Woods could learn from Barack Obama. Not cheating on your wife with seven-plus mistresses, maybe?

That list could probably be increased to a few thousand things.

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