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As the calendar gets ready to flip over to 2010, The Hollywood Gossip staff is looking back on the year that was. We're excited to present out 10 finalists for our prestigious, Third Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These A-listers have given us their best, their worst, their naked pics (sometimes) and their hysterical, off-the-wall antics (often). It's time for THG to pay tribute to their unique greatness.

Last week, we continued the 2009 countdown with Carrie Prejean at number-eight. (No, it wasn't that low because she's Christian.)

Today: Celebrity of the Year finalist #7 … Taylor Swift!

On Top of the World

When the 2009 kicked off, Swift was a modestly successful singer on the rise. Her fan base was mostly comprised of the same tweens that screamed their lungs out for Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson and other celebs that were a notch below mainstream status.

Fast forward 12 months, however, and the numbers speak for themselves:

  • Swift's "Fearless" was the best-selling album of 2009;
  • She was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine;
  • She won four Country Music Awards;
  • She won five BMI Awards;
  • She's been nominated for eight 2010 Grammys.

Aside from her trophy haul, Swift also made headlines this year when she was rudely cut off by Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards. She handled the incident with maturity and grace, earning many new fans in the process.

Taylor concluded the best year of her life with a widely-praised Saturday Night Live hosting gig; and by entering into a rumored relationship with Taylor Lautner.

The only downside to 2009 for Swift? She's guaranteed that 2010 will be a let down in comparison!

  • Concert Rocker
  • Swift, Cute
Kanye the Ass
  • Glamour Cover Gal
  • Taylor Swift, Glamour

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According to reports, Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom is engaged to his model girlfriend Miranda Kerr. No, for real, this time he supposedly is.

Reports say he popped the question while on vacation in Morocco. They reportedly got engaged in May, too, but that was bogus. Is this time the real deal?

He and the Victoria's Secret model have been dating for nearly three years. According to OK!, the brother of Miranda Kerr confirmed the news, saying:

"He's finally done it. Orlando proposed. They're getting married.”

Well, that's good enough for us! The pair, who've been denying rumors of wedding bells for months, are reportedly planning to tie the knot next summer.

Congratulations if it's true! And we totally hope it is!

KerrBloom

KERRBLOOM! Hopefully, this time the rumors are true.

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At least some wood will be left in Tiger's bag ... or something.

After rumors that we might see Tiger Woods nude in Playgirl surfaced, we thought we might see the world's top golfer give Levi Johnston a run for his naked money.

But the mag has decided not to move forward with a spread.

"Playgirl has decided to turn down the alleged Tiger Woods nude photos, reportedly taken by camera phone by Woods himself," said Daniel Nardicio, the director of marketing for Playgirl. "This is a direction Playgirl does not want to take."

"We prefer subjects who are willing."

That's what the world's #1 golfer said ... about his mistresses! Just kidding, although judging by his list of women, the guy had plenty of eager takers.

We won't be seeing Tiger Woods naked, unlike half the female population.

Woods' camp has been scrambling to lock down any such images, scoring a preemptive court order in the UK blocking publications from running with the shots.

Of course, they also feign ignorance, claiming: "Our client is not aware of any images and in any event he would not have consented to any such photographs."

In closing: there are no Tiger Woods nude pics ... probably.

Speaking of unwilling naked magazine photo shoot participants, it appears that "alleged" Woods mistress No. 1 Rachel Uchitel ain't going to share, either.

"Rachel will not be appearing in Playboy," Uchitel's lawyer, Gloria Allred, tells E! News in response to reports that Playboy sought Rachel Uchitel nude.

Makes sense. She's a very wholesome girl, after all.

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For her 21st birthday, Vanessa Hudgens will not be receiving a digital camera from The Hollywood Gossip.

However, our staff has chipped in and purchased many layers of clothing for the young star. After all, we wanna see her succeed on the big screen... just not as an adult film actress!

The rising star celebrates a milestone today, finally turning the legal drinking age. We'd imagine she raises a flute of champagne or two with dreamy boyfriend Zac Efron.

What do you get a young woman that has a successful career and a hunk on her arm? Aside from advice to never pose naked again, we can only come up with birthday wishes from an adoring public. Send them in today!

In honor of Hudgie Bear, we also present the following photo tribute. Click on each pic for a larger image...

Hudgie Bear Pic
  • Zac and 'Nessa
  • So Alluring
  • With Clothes On
  • Zanessa 4 Eva!
  • A Vanessa Hudgens Photograph
  • Sleek and Straight
  • InStyle Cover
  • Zac's Gal
  • V-Hudge
  • InStyle UK Cover
  • Going Fancy
Vanessa Hudgens, Bikini

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The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) escorted by deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, visited Tiger Woods' home Saturday.

Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff's Department confirmed that "our deputies met with members of the Department of Children and Families."

The details are being kept secret, but the mid-day visit to Woods' home came after the DCF received a complaint. From whom, and for what, we don't know.

A rep for the DCF later said in a statement that it was a "well-being check." It is unclear if Tiger and/or Elin Woods were in the house at the time of the visit.

DEEPER INTO THE WOODS: The Tiger scandal thickens further.

The visit was not specifically an investigation into Tiger and Elin Woods, but a routine procedure after a complaint is lodged. The department not only evaluates safety of children but adults in the house after it receives word of potential trouble.

Typically, investigators from the DCF evaluates the safety of a home for kids after a domestic violence incident is reported - and we're pretty sure there was one.

The new twist in the seemingly endless scandal clearly stems from the alleged fight with his wife that led to Tiger's wild one-car accident just after Thanksgiving.

Tiger and Elin Nordegren Woods, who married in 2004, have two small children, ages 2 years and 10 months. There are rumors she plans to divorce Tiger soon.

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A woman of zero many talents, Heidi Montag now fashions herself a writer.

The Hills star recently penned a poem for her husband, Spencer Pratt, and - surprise, surprise! - she wants the whole world to read her expression of love.

"Here is a poem I wrote for my hubby Spencer [Pratt]," she Twittered.

In the untitled prose, Heidi writes about their "flawless lives" and how she has "no more anxiety or stress" because "all that matters" in this world is him.

Speidi Kiss

Spencer and Heidi: the embodiment of true love.

You may vomit on cue. But if it's this or her giving interviews about him making her orgasm all day long ... maybe we can stomach the poem a little better.

Follow the jump to read the unintentionally hilarious prose from reality star, author, model, aspiring signer, full-time celebrity and now poet, Heidi Montag:

Continue Reading...

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Because ABC is so afraid of Adam Lambert, the network pre-taped his appearance on The View last week.

The singer jokingly referred to this fact when he sat down with Barbara Walters and company, warning viewers to shield their children from the TV sets.

When asked by the host if he's hurt by ABC's constant cancellations and censorship, Lambert replied:

"I'm surprised. I'm like, 'Really. Is it that big of a deal?'"

We couldn't agree more. If Elisabeth Hasselbeck can handle sitting next to this supposedly toxic influence, we're pretty sure everyone else can take a deep breath and relax. Check out his View interview below:

Lambert also appeared at Z100's Jingle Ball in NYC on Friday night. Click on the photos of him backstage at the event for larger images:

  • From Idol to Superstar
  • Backstage Singer

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So many people want to paint Rachel Uchitel in a negative light.

The New Yorker, whose affair with Tiger Woods was the first of the golfer's many such dalliances to be exposed, would like it if people weren't quick to judge.

She's a nice, all-American girl after all! Try being in her shoes!

LOL. In a shameless attempt to milk publicity from her affair with Tiger, and to clean up her image, Rache posed for a ridiculous OK! Magazine puff piece.

Photos like this make her seem like a nice, normal girl. Too bad she's little more than a serial home wrecker and adulterer shamelessly trying to cash in:

To the Dogs

AWW: Sweet, simple and not at all a home-wrecking sleaze, Rachel Uchitel poses with some furry friends. Probably the only ones she's got left after this drama.

Doesn't this make you see her in a different light? That's what she'd like. Almost makes you forget about her Ambien-fueled sex romps with Tiger.

Still, that was just one side of the woman, who she says we don't even really know. Until Playboy coughs up the big bucks for Rachel Uchitel nude.

Then you'll see an entirely different side of her ... every side. Really, whatever pays the bills. Click to enlarge more pictures from the magazine:

  • Sweet Rachel
  • Rache Pic
  • Uchitel Pic
  • Comfy at Home
  • An American Girl

[Photos: OK!]

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Chris Brown, in the midst of a major comeback effort after spending most of 2009 dealing with the fallout from his assault on Rihanna, just released Graffiti.

You'd think this (and his 20/20 interview) would be the first major step toward closing the book on the grisly incident, but Brown says it's still haunting him.

He isn't happy with the distribution of his new album, and threw a temper tantrum on Twitter over the weekend regarding retailers refusing to carry the CD.

"Major stores blackballing my CD. Not stockin the shelves, lying to customers. What the f%*k do i gotta do," the singer said. "The industry can kiss my a$$."

Okay then.

Chris Brown Live in Concert

Chris Brown is telling us how he really feels.

Lest we believe he was kidding or just caught up in the moment: "WTF... yeah i said it and i aint retracting sh!t and im not biting my tongue about sh!t else." 

And finally, this message to the haters in the Twitterverse: "for those people who r constantly tweeting me wit bullsh!t.. hop off my ****.. ur life is pointless.

Despite his complaints, Brown's album was expected to sell about 100,000 copies by the time this week's Billboard chart is published, trailing only the second Glee music soundtrack and British sensation Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.

Perhaps he should go back to anger management counseling.

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After myriad tales of Lindsay Lohan being a train wreck, Lindsay Lohan's career going down in flames, Lindsay Lohan's father being insane, and every guy/girl in L.A. seeing Lindsay Lohan nude, we're happy to report a positive story about her!

Lohan returned to the U.S. from India Saturday. There, she visited the country's most impoverished areas to film a documentary about human trafficking.

"Lindsay is home from India now. I am so proud of her for going," Dina Lohan said Sunday of her eldest daughter, who arrived at LAX Airport Saturday.

The 23-year-old visited the Sanlaap women's and children's shelter outside Calcutta, which houses female victims of trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

The troubled star and desperate muse spent about hours with residents and watched performances by children, donning traditional Indian clothing.

Another Lohan Pic

Lindsay Lohan also visited hospitals to give gifts to sick children.

The actress traveled around India with a camera crew from the BBC and her friend, stylist Patrick Aufdenkamp, who Tweeted, "Can't wait for everyone to see the documentary of [Lindsay] with the incredibly brave children we met."

Lohan herself took to Twitter to say that visiting India was "the most amazing time of my life," she wrote. "Focusing on celebrities and lies is so disconcerting, when we can change the world one child at a time.... hope everyone can see that."

We can't believe we're saying it, but good job Lindsay!

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