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The Hollywood Gossip staff is proud to bring you Tale of the Tape, in which we break down prospective matchups within the celebrity world you probably have never even considered. Because they are pointless, and above all, not real.

Our current match-up features a pair of young, beautiful TV cheerleaders. Who will emerge victorious when Heroes star Hayden Panettiere goes 10 grueling rounds with Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly? Let's find out. Ding, ding!

Hayden Panettiere, Hot Per Usual

1. STRANGE, SEXY FIRST NAME

Minka Kelly: Check.
Hayden Panettiere: Check.
Edge: Even

2. CHEERS FOR ...

Minka Kelly: Dillon, Texas
Hayden Panettiere: Odessa, Texas
Edge: Minka (better pass defense)

3. TV DAD IS BEST KNOWN FOR ...

Minka Kelly: Panther pride, running successful car dealership
Hayden Panettiere: Shady dealings with an organization known as The Company that is aware of people on the planet with unusual abilities.
Edge: Minka

4. ABILITY TO RECOVER FROM PAIN

Minka Kelly: Average for a 17-year old girl.
Hayden Panettiere: Unparalleled.
Edge: Hayden

5. LEGAL?

Minka Kelly: Oh God yes.
Hayden Panettiere: Barely.
Edge: Minka

6. BEFORE YOU KNEW THEM

Minka Kelly: Had roles in What I Like About You and American Dreams.
Hayden Panettiere: Appeared on soap operas One Life to Live and Guiding Light.
Edge: Hayden

7. BAD GIRL CRED

Minka Kelly: Father was in Aerosmith, mother was a Las Vegas showgirl.
Hayden Panettiere: Lives with her folks, has 1 a.m. curfew.
Edge: Minka

8. D-LIST BOYFRIEND(S)

Minka Kelly: Recently broke up with Fantastic Four star Chris Evans; recent rumors have linked her to Harry Morton.
Hayden Panettiere: Has been going out (and engaging in PDAs) with former Laguna Beach star Stephen Colletti for a year.
Edge: Minka

9. REALLY RANDOM FACT

Minka Kelly: Grew up in Albuquerque, N.M., dreaming of being a surgeon.
Hayden Panettiere: In the animated Dinosaur, lent her voice to a creature named Suri!
Edge: Hayden

10. CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Minka Kelly: Umm, makes Friday Night Lights a whole lot brighter?
Hayden Panettiere: Starred in TV commercials at age one; Current Neutrogena cover girl; Working on debut album; Voted sixth on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007; Has made estimated $2 million in 2007 alone.
Edge: Hayden

THE VERDICT: The Friday Night Lights sexpot pulls a stunning upset, ousting Hayden by the slimmest of margins, 5.5-4.5. Guess you better tune in to watch Minka Kelly on Friday nights, starting October 5! Don't count out the Heroes starlet, though. She has a tendency to bounce back rather quickly.

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Now that she's finally 18 and can legally... vote, Heroes hottie Hayden Panettiere is heating things up. Just about every conceivable place you can look.

First there was her cheerleader Got Milk ad. Cute, sure, but pretty vanilla.

A Pretty Panettiere Pic

Then there were those steamy Hayden Panettiere photos in FHM. Now we're talkin'!

But most recently, the tantalizing Panettiere took a bite of forbidden fruit (so to speak) on the cover of fashion / beauty mag GenLux, encouraging passersby to "take a bite!"

We'd take a bite out of Hayden Panettiere. There's no question about that. But daydreaming about doing so is a tad distracting to a motorist, don't you think?

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We couldn't help but notice that this weekly pop culture power rankings in Sports Illustrated contain some familiar faces and stories to readers of The Hollywood Gossip. Let's take a look at what's in the news and who's winning SI's notoriety contest ...

10. Joey Fatone
The "Fat One" signs on to run the red carpet show for the TV Guide Network. We never thought we'd say this, but, we miss Joan Rivers.

9. Chuck Liddell
The former UFC champ partied all night with Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon of Entourage) in Las Vegas last weekend while Dillon celebrated his birthday.

8. Duane Chapman
Dog The Bounty Hunter may have a hit TV show and best selling book but he still can't escape the law. There's gotta be a Michael Vick joke here somewhere.

7. Hayden Panettiere
The hottest cheerleader this side of Friday Night Lights turns 18 which means bring on the cigarettes and pornos (her words, not ours).

6. Bill Murray
There's nothing funny about drinking and driving, but when it entails Bill Murray throwing back a few in a golf cart, it has the makings of a Caddyshack reunion.

5. Tom Brady
So, Brady wants some time off to see the birth of his child (with Bridget Moynahan, his ex). We'd pay to see the look on Bill Belichick's face when he's asked about that one.

4. Tiki Barber / Eli Manning
Tiki finally lit a fire under Eli and made him break out of his clichéd monologue after questioning the QB's leadership skills. Why didn't he do that last year?

3. Ryan Seacrest
Just when you thought Super Bowl pre-game shows couldn't get any worse, Fox announced that the American Idol metrosexual will be hosting the snoozefest in February.

2. The Orange Bowl
One of college football's most storied stadiums is living on borrowed time after the Hurricanes start playing home games at Dolphin Stadium in 2008.

1. Michael Vick
Can we stop talking about whether or not Michael Vick will be able to resume his NFL career when he's done serving his time in jail? Any team that signs Vick when he gets out might as well go out and get Kevin Federline to play wide receiver.

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We come across many celebrity photos in this line of work. Most of which are somewhat funny, but not really worth making a big deal out of.

Then along comes this Hayden Panettiere FHM photo shoot
.

Not sure if you've heard, but Hayden's 18th birthday was this week (Tuesday), making it no longer a felony in 48 states for us to ogle her amazing body!

Hi From Hayden

Okay, so posting hot pictures of Hayden Panettiere was never actually a crime. It just made us feel creepy. And heck, it still does.

Eh, who cares. Here is Hayden in all her sexy, provocative glory. Gaze upon the cheerleader from Heroes and try to contain yourself.

Her co-star, Masi Oka, was also featured in the magazine - but really, who cares about that guy. We're all about Hayden, all the time.

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Hey, she's 18, alright? We can say that kind of thing now! Woooo!

Anyway, here's what this young star has to say about a certain beverage.

Paris Protege

"You don't have to be a hero to feel invincible," notes one of The Hollywood Gossip's favorite celebrities. "That's why I drink milk. The protein helps build muscle, and some studies suggest teenagers who choose it tend to be leaner. Cheers to that."

Of course, it's easy for Hayden Panettiere to sing the praises of the "Body By Milk" campaign, of which she is the newest spokeswoman. The girl can't even buy booze! Come on!

Hayden Panettiere has got milk. And has got it goin' on!

We love to joke about her, but it's nice to see that for all the celebrity gossip she generates, Hayden Panettiere continues to set a good example for her fans.

Now if we can just get Britney Spears to stay home and have a glass of milk with Jayden James Federline once in awhile, instead of staying up all night partying topless and guzzling margaritas in the pool with Matt Encinias. Just an idea.

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Hayden Panettiere celebrated her 18th birthday Tuesday in a big, important way ... by registering to vote at the Declare Yourself offices in Beverly Hills!  

Hayden Panettiere: Sexy Cowgirl

Oh, and Hayden Panettiere also held a large birthday bash.

The actress and 75 friends and family partied at LG House in Malibu. On hand to help Hayden drink Diet Cokes were Stephen Colletti (Hayden's oh-so-lucky boyfriend of a year), BFF Rumer Willis and random family hanger-on Mario Lopez.

Also present were Heroes co-stars Adrian Pasdar (and wife Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks), Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, Zachary Quinto, and Kristen Bell.

The food was Italian with pasta and Japanese with different types of sushi and rolls. The red velvet cake said (wait for it) "Happy Birthday, Hayden!" Fitting.

Having just turned 18, we suppose it's acceptable that Hayden Panettiere needs some blowing lessons. It took her five tries to get all those candles out!

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The day we have been anticipating for so long has finally arrived. The amazing Hayden Panettiere is 18 years young today! Happy birthday, Hayden!

You all know what this milestone means. Hayden Panettiere can now register to vote and, next year, elect a presidential candidate who will continue the abominable Iraq war and send her away to risk her life pointlessly in a hostile, foreign land.

Sorry, Henry Hager, for that political diatribe. That was a cheap shot against your future father-in-law. It won't be the last, however.

Let's just focus on Hayden. The Heroes star and object of many adolescent male fantasies today becomes a legal adult... with all the benefits (heh, heh) therein.

Happy birthday, Hayden Panettiere, you cutie.

While there's no doubt Hayden's boyfriend, Stephen Colletti, is breathing a little easier (or heavier, if you will) on this day, it really doesn't change much for us.

Our point? Don't expect to be seeing Hayden Panettiere nude in magazines or movies anytime soon. This is actually an actress with her head on straight.

And whether she's 17 or 18, you're still 35, and dirty for thinking about it.

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Hayden Panettiere and Kristin Cavallari have some things in common.

They're among the more attractive celebrites we talk about, for one, and far too young for some readers to start thinking about in that way without feeling dirty.

The Beautiful KC

Also, Stephen Colletti has gone there. Both times.

What we're here to talk about today, however, is their respective looks while wearing bikinis. After all, Hayden Panettiere is a self-proclaimed bikini girl!

People spotted Hayden in an adorable striped bikini recently, and she's been hitting the beach in Malibu on lunch break from filming her hit show Heroes in a gold-trimmed number (right).

Which bikini-clad cutie is your favorite?

Meanwhile, former Laguna Beach star Kristin Cavallari, soaking up the sun - thanks to that revealing suit, wow - enjoys a visit to Malibu's Polaroid Beach House with beau Nick Zano.

Kristin, who dated Stephen Colletti (boyfriend of Hayden Panettiere) while in high school, recently moved in with Nick Zano, her boyfriend of about a year.

So it doesn't look like there's any bad blood between the two. In fact, Kristin and Hayden were all smiles when they ran into each other shopping fairly recently!

Kristin Cavallari and Lauren Conrad, though? That's another story.

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Cameras snapped 17-year-old Hayden Panettiere on the Heroes set in Malibu, Calif., earlier this week - getting a little taste of her own hot self!

How about that thong action, huh? She may not be drunk, naked and teasing men in rehab or showing off her ample ass like some celebrities we know, but Hayden is proving that she need not be left out of the discussion when Hollywood's top teases are talked about.

Wladimir Klitschko, Hayden Panettiere

And they are. By us. Anyway, here's Hayden Panettiere on the set...

Not exactly breaking celebrity news here, and for that, we apologize. But some things, such as Hayden, must be talked about simply because they exist.

For those of you keeping score, Hayden Panettiere turns 18 in just under three weeks. At which point, it will no longer be criminal for you to lust after her, but merely sketchy. Nice!

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We've been hinting at this for months, and have been trying to take the high road, given the star's tender age. But who are we kidding. Hayden Panettiere is hot enough to stop a clock... such as the one on our home page counting down the days until she turns 18.

Just 21 more days, people. 21. More. Days.

The kick-ass cheerleader from NBC's sci-fi drama Heroes is the hot cover star of FHM's UK October issue. Yes, at the young age of 17, the sexiest girl on one of the world's biggest shows has entered many a nerd fantasy among fans across the world...

White Hot Hayden

Hayden Panettiere is officially legal next month. Phew.

As much as she plays the part of the "bad girl" at times and is aware of her own hotness, don't expect her to go all Lindsay Lohan on us as her star power rises.

No, when reading interviews, it's apparent that Hayden Panettiere is remarkably grounded and mature for her age, making her all the more appealing to celebrity news outlets such as this. Did we mention she's gorgeous?