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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.

Hayden Panettiere: Sexy Cowgirl

We previously profiled the adorable little Suri Cruise at #10. Now, without further delay, we present Celebrity of the Year finalist #9 ... Hayden Panettiere!

As of this post, we've covered 981 different celebrities since The Hollywood Gossip debuted in mid-2006. But few bring as much to the table as Hayden.

Cover girl good looks, loads of talent, a bubbly personality, rampant over-exposure, maturity mixed with youthful exuberance, personal life speculation, constant material for inappropriate jokes about her age - the list goes on and on!

Fortunately, Hayden Panettiere - a Long Island native who stars on one of our favorite shows in Heroes - turned 18 this year, making us feel a little less dirty about our crush on her. But just look at her. Can you blame us, really?

Hayden Panettiere's middle name is Leslie. But it might as well be Sunshine.

Whether she's wearing that cute cheerleader uniform on the NBC show, dining out with friends at Koi, posing for 10 magazines per month or trying to save the dolphins in Japan, Hayden makes our world a little brighter and a lot more fun.

So here's to you, Hayden Panettiere. We'll buy you a drink in 32 months when it's legal for us to... as long as you haven't gone bonkers and checked into rehab prior to that. Please, Hayden. We beg of you. Don't go Lindsay Lohan on us.

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This week, Heroes concluded its latest "chapter" on NBC as the writers strike has apparently cut the lackluster second season of the sci-fi smash short.

That said, we can return to focusing on the love life of Hayden Panettiere... or lack thereof. Spotted by TMZ this week, a curt Hayden sort of put to rest rumors that she has been dating co-star Milo Ventimiglia... or that she even knows who he is!

A Hayden Panettiere Bikini Pic

When Hayden and mother / friend of Mario Lopez, Leslie Panettiere, were spotted leaving Orso, the hot TV cheerleader was asked by celebrity news media if she was going to spend the holidays with Peter Petrelli (Milo's character on Heroes).

Her initial response: "Who?" Well, we'll take that as a no.

  Hayden Panettiere: She's on the market, people!

She's also not getting back together with Laguna Beach alum / ex-boyfriend Stephen Colletti, so now's your chance, guys. Time to make your move! Psst... tell her you care a lot about the safety and protection of marine mammals.

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Actress Hayden Panettiere made international headlines last month when she was involved in a violent protest in which she and other activists tried in vain to stop fishermen from their traditional hunting of dolphins off the coast of Japan.

The altercation didn't end well for the animals, and Hayden Panettiere was rather upset about it, understandably. But every dark cloud has a silver lining, and for us, that means a pair of bikini photos of Hayden Panettiere from that day!

Her beloved dolphins in Japan were not saved, unfortunately, but these Hayden Panettiere bikini pics were saved... by our staff... on our hard drive. Okay, that's it.

Come to think of it, if she wants to raise awareness about this important cause, the bikini photos ain't a bad means of going about it. Moreover, just think about the impact a Hayden Panettiere nude photo spread would have on young minds ...

Anyway. The Heroes star and the rest of her world-saving fellow cast members return with an exciting episode tonight on NBC. Needless to say, we'll be tuning in.

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Rocking a Little Miss Sunshine t-shirt and shades, Hayden Panettiere keeps the mood light with a laid-back visit to the Thibiant day spa with her mother, Leslie Panettiere, Wednesday in Beverly Hills. Here's a cute pic of our girl ...

Hayden Panettiere: Always able to brighten our day.

Earlier this week, the Heroes star showed off her crafting skills with Ne-Yo and other celebrities during a nice visit to a New York Ronald McDonald House, as part of World Children's Day on Tuesday. She's always willing to lend a hand.

Yesterday, she was content to kick it with mom. No word on whether Hayden has any particular favorite Little Miss Sunshine quotes, but she sure looks cute in the t-shirt. And, unlike Britney Spears - spotted wearing the very same shirt last December - Hayden actually has pants on with it! What a concept.

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She looks sexier than ever in her recent photo shoot for the new GQ, but that doesn't mean Hayden Panettiere isn't looking for a gentleman. Applications, guys?

In this behind-the-scenes look at Hayden's shoot for the men's magazine, the petite Heroes stunner, 18, poses rather seductively in various outfits and offers her take on the photos, as well as what she finds attractive in a man.

Brunette Hayden

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Hayden Panettiere: Posing for hot pictures, not exactly unattractive.

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You won't see Hayden Panettiere nude in the pages of the latest GQ... but you will see a cool interview and some amazingly hot photos of the Heroes actress.

Below, Hayden discusses the fall of Britney Spears, her relationship with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, girl-on-girl action rumors, and much, much more ...

GQ: When will you become the latest screwed-up girl in Hollywood?
Hayden Panettiere: Never, never. Cross our fingers.

GQ: We can't schedule it for your 21st birthday or anything?
Hayden Panettiere: You can't schedule rehab for me. And I don't think you can schedule any DUIs. I think I'm going to be one of those boring girls.

GQ: Will you at least go into a gas-station bathroom without shoes on?
Hayden Panettiere: No, that's disgusting. I've walked around other places maybe without my shoes on, but not bathrooms.

GQ: Tell us about your couple of years, since Heroes began.
Hayden Panettiere: This business turns life upside down. For some strange reason, I've become one of the targets of the paparazzi. Things get crazy.

GQ: It seems that we're pushing these young women toward meltdowns.
Hayden Panettiere: Absolutely. Britney Spears, for example. That girl was the epitome of beauty when I was younger. And we built her up and just ripped her down, put every aspect of her life under a microscope. Probably made 90 percent of the stuff up along the way. I can't even imagine if I had it like she does.

GQ: Well, things are much better for you. You're on a hit TV show. When are you going to ask NBC for the really big bucks?
Hayden Panettiere: Riiiight? I don't know! I wanna ask. We'll see.

GQ: Look, you're the biggest star on NBC. You need a million an episode.
Hayden Panettiere: I would feel bad if I got a million an episode.

GQ: It worked for the Friends, you know.
Hayden Panettiere: Dude, they got Porsches. We got a poker set!

GQ: What's the craziest rumor you've read about yourself?
Hayden Panettiere: Well, now that I'm single, it's like I'm dating every male I'm standing next to â€" and possibly every female.

GQ: You had to figure the lesbian rumor was coming.
Hayden Panettiere: Actually, that is pretty funny.

GQ: If someone were to put you together with a leading man, who would it be?
Hayden Panettiere: It could be anyone - Leo DiCaprio to Justin Timberlake - or any girl. You want to make me a lesbian? That's totally fine with me.

GQ: Okay. Well, who would be good?
Hayden Panettiere: Umm, let's see. We could do a love affair with Angelina Jolie. We could do... Oh gosh, there are so many beautiful girls out there. Charlize Theron. Oh, my God. Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous. Jessica Alba!

GQ: And you're not dating your Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, which is the celebrity gossip that's flying around most frequently about you?
Hayden Panettiere: No, I'm not. I love my castmates, and I adore Milo Ventimiglia. He's awesome, but we're easy targets. We're both young, and he's one of the only people on the show not married with children.

Follow the link for the GQ's complete Hayden interview ...

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Okay... calm down, dudes. She's got underwear on. It's not like you are gonna see Hayden Panettiere nude below, so just keep your pants on, alright?

Nevertheless, there's no denying that the barely legal Heroes star has officially become the latest member of the crotch shot club - Hollywood Gossip style!

Hayden Panettiere Cleavage

Seen here coming to last week's Victoria Secret Fashion show, Hayden Panettiere was trying her best not to join the illustrious crew headed by Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. But the celebrity photo agencies won out.

We never thought we would see this day at The Hollywood Gossip, but with this Hayden Panettiere upskirt pic, the 18-year-old star has joined an infamous club.

Hayden (who clearly tried to avoid this photo opportunity, unlike some other slutty celebrities we know) was a good sport about it, though, smiling and waving in denial. Somewhere, Lindsay Lohan is smiling. And all kids of coked up.

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It looks as though Hayden Panettiere's heroic dolphin-saving mission last month wasn't without consequences for the talented actress.

"I just learned that they have an arrest warrant out for me in Japan," the Heroes star told E! News Wednesday. "We just found this out."

Hayden Panettiere Cleavage

Hayden Panettiere, 18, was part of a convoy of activists from both the U.S. and Australia who, on October 30, paddled out on surfboards to protest the annual slaughter of dolphins and whales by Japanese fisherman.

Her group attempted to swim to and reach a pod of dolphins before it was driven into a nearby cove and massacred, but they were blocked by a fishing boat and attacked themselves before they could reach the marine mammals.

"It was really frightening," a tearful and clearly upset Hayden Panettiere said at the time. "But in the end, all we really worried about was the dolphins."

After returning to shore, the group headed directly to Osaka and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police.

Now it looks like the scare's not quite over for the actress. When asked what the arrest warrant could mean, Hayden replied, "Potentially jail, but I doubt it."

The Heroes cutie is thrilled that the incident garnered international attention, however, as it could result in educating others about dolphins' plight.

"In this town, you tend to be able to get publicity only when you're not wearing underwear or you're in rehab," Panettiere said. "I'm very excited that people were interested in what we did and I'd to it again."

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Since cozying up and practically pawing each other at an Emmy Awards party back in September, Heroes stars Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere, a.k.a. Halo, have been the subject of rumors regarding the nature of their relationship.

Two months later, the duo is still close, and was seen hanging out together again at Wednesday's Race in the Fight Against Epilepsy fundraiser, in Calabasas, Calif. But are these two the Heroes of each other's love lives?

A Sexy Hayden Pic

When asked about the reports of romance, Milo Ventimiglia, 30, laughed and then paused. After a few seconds, he answered, "Hayden and I are very close friends. It's only natural that people are going to couple us together."

Halo in action earlier this fall. They make a cute couple!

Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere, 18, hung together outside the bash while awaiting their fellow Heroes costars. And while they spoke closely in a shadowy corner, they remained strictly hands-off. But for how long!?!?!

Once inside, the two were quickly ushered into a private VIP room. They are so getting it on, who are they kidding!? Enough with the secrecy, peeps! So what if Hayden rolls over and sees Milo Ventimiglia shirtless every morning?

Masi Oka and James Kyson Lee, who play Hiro and Ando on the NBC series, have both chimed in on the prospective pairing in recent weeks, saying rumors aren't true and that Milo and Hayden are just friends. Lies.

In any case, they were getting together for a very good cause. Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia attended Wednesday's party to support a Heroes co-star, Greg Grunberg, whose son Jake suffers from epilepsy.

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