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With the days remaining in 2011 becoming fewer every 24 hours, it's time to raise a glass to the year that was - and the stars that made the past 12 months so great.

At THG, we're doing that by counting down the 10 most newsworthy celebrities of 2011. First, there was the arresting centerfold Lindsay Lohan at #10. What a mess!

Jennifer Lopez came in at #9, Selena Gomez at #8 and a batch of hilarious viral video stars at#7 spot Katy Perry and Justin Bieber were #6 and #5, respectively.

Now, at #4, we salute ... the new generation of the British Royal Family!

Official Royal Wedding Portrait

Approximately a billion people watched Prince William marry Kate Middleton April 29. A billion. More than 36 million watched in the U.S., where they don't even live. 72 million streamed the Royal Wedding live on just YouTube!

It was a big deal is what we're saying.

In these troubled times mired by financial duress, armed conflict, natural disasters and a growing sense of uncertainty, the world looked to the matrimony of two wonderful young people - true class acts - as a respite from its daily struggles.

That's a lot of weight on William and Kate's shoulders, but they handled it as well as any 29-year-olds could. Their exchange of vows was as celebrated as any in history.

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Welcome back to the Tournament of THG, where fans determine the most popular celebrity of the year! We unveiled our official bracket this week, and one by one, we'll post polls of these respective showdowns, updating the bracket after each round.

The concept is simple. Vote for your favorite of the two stars in each poll. Done.

In other first-round matchups, Kim Kardashian is getting her ample arse handed to her by Kate Middleton, while Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus are in a relatively close battle and Selena Gomez and Robert Pattinson are neck and neck.

Right now, Kate's sister Pippa looks to join her in the quarterfinals, but she'll need to oust a Warlock - the incomparable Charlie Sheen! Can she? Vote below and decide!

And the Winner is?

Who's your favorite celeb, Pippa Middleton or Charlie Sheen? Your votes will decide the winner of this first round matchup in the first Annual Tournament of THG! View Poll »

Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

Pippa Middleton
61.4%

Charlie Sheen
38.6%

Total Votes: 2120

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Pippa Middleton was named one of the Most Fascinating People of the Year by Barbara Walters, although the segment about Kate Middleton's sister on Wednesday's special basically acknowledged there is no real reason why.

While no one can dispute Steve Jobs as the Most Fascinating, the rest of Babs' list is a total ratings shill. We love Pip, but there's nary a word from her in this whole piece, and it just makes her sound useless, whereas she's probably a very nice girl.

You'd do just as well browsing our gallery of Pippa Middleton photos, because that's pretty much all this is. But if you must watch Walters' "profile," here it is:

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Owner of perhaps the world's most famous cleavage, Katy Perry portrayed the owner of the world's most famous backsides last night in Pippa Middleton.

The #1 pop hit maker hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live, playing herself, Christina Aguilera, a Japanese wannabe and Kate Middleton's sister in various sketches.

In a nod to the many Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors of late, the Queen (played by Fred Armisen) demanded Prince William's wife get knocked up ASAP.

Enter the faux Pippa Middleton, who went toe-to-toe with Her Majesty in a ridiculous cockney accent. Give Katy credit for trying if nothing else. Peep it:

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Kate Middleton and Prince William will spend the holidays together with both of their families, and her sister Pippa will be invited to the royals' Boxing Day retreat, to boot!

The 29-year-old Duke and Duchess will spend the actual holiday with William's family, but the entire week before will be spent with her sister Pippa and the Middletons.

Pippa, 27, will then join her big sister for Boxing Day (Dec. 26) in Sandringham, Norfolk, where the royals hold an annual pheasant hunting competition. Lock and load!

  • Kate Middleton, Figure
  • So Pip

"It will be the first Christmas Catherine is away from her family, so having Pippa come on Boxing Day is just part of making [Kate] feel comfortable and for her to share the holiday with her own family," an insider said. "It's something William wanted."

Nice guy, that Will.

Kate, William and Pippa "will then all travel together back to Bucklebury and spend the remaining days of Christmas with the other Middleton family members."

In early 2012, William will be deployed to the Falkland Islands for six weeks. He'll join a Royal Air Force crew as part of his training as a Search and Rescue pilot.

Hopefully Pip can keep Kate Middleton company then, as well.

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Having just signed a lucrative party planning book deal, is the newly-single Pippa Middleton already playing the field again? That's the rumor of the day.

Merely one week after she and financier / crickter beau Alex Loudon called time on their relationship, she was seen back out with her ex George Percy.

Then, she was spotted laughing it up at a tennis match with another fellow, who has yet to be identified (not for lack of trying by UK tabloids) ...

Pippa Middleton and Friend

Pippa Middleton was actually accompanied by two mystery men at London's ATP World Tour Final between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfiried Tsonga over the weekend.

At various points during the match, a smiling and laughing Pippa, donning a perfectly preppy navy blue blazer for the occasion, was seen chatting comfortably.

And looking stylish and cute as ever, but that goes without saying.

For now, reports suggest all her male companions seem to be of the simply-friends variety (she has been known to maintain those), but time will tell.

Who should Pippa marry?

 

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Confirming earlier reports, Pippa Middleton has signed a deal to write a party planning book, according to he UK's Daily Mail. The publisher is Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin, who is believed to be paying her a $600,000 advance.

What will the sister of Kate Middleton be talking about in it?

Pippa Middleton, Coat

"It will be about entertaining and throwing the perfect party. It’s not just about being the perfect hostess – it will also include recipes and information about how to host different types of events," a source told The Mail.

Pippa Middleton, 28, will not be employing a ghostwriter for the work, since she already works as a writer and editor in an event planning capacity.

She runs the website Party Times for her parents' online party supply and planning company, giving her actually relevant experience in the field.

Being one of Britain's best known - and newly single, after breaking up with Alex Loudon - bachelorettes doesn't hurt her name recognition either.

Who should Pip marry?

 

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For a modest $3,100, you could look like Pippa Middleton.

Okay, probably not. But celebrity fashion followers know all too well what we're talking about:The most buzzed-about bridesmaid dress in modern wedding history.

Now on sale at Net-a-Porter (dot) com, the famous Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen silk-crepe gown is available now on the U.K. version of the fashion site (shoppers in all other parts of the world can call by phone to reserve).

Here's Pip's royal wedding bridesmaid dress in question:

  • Hot Pippa Middleton Pic
  • Pippa Middleton at the Royal Wedding

Though the delicately draped dress was knocked off several times over – as was Kate's McQueen wedding gown – this is the only available version by the actual designer.

It's already proven popular in celebrity circles. Cameron Diaz wore a similar gown in red to the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in December of 2010, People reports.

The version now on sale at Net-a-Porter is nearly identical to the gown worn by Pippa Middleton gown, except it features a zipper (instead of buttons) up the back.

Incredible figure not necessarily included.

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It looks like Pippa Middleton is now the UK's most eligible bachelorette.

Duchess Catherine's younger sister, who became the planet's best-known bridesmaid in April, has reportedly split with Alex Loudon, her longtime boyfriend.

Kate Middleton has been consoling her kid sister after the breakup with Loudon, a former professional cricket player and current London financial manger.

He and Pippa Middleton are said to have split up this month after a series of arguments - and lingering tension over her celebrity / sex symbol status.

Pippa Middleton and Alex Loudon Picture

A source told The Sun (UK) that Pippa, who spent last weekend with William and Kate, was trying to get over the split: "This time it's over. They are barely speaking."

People close to them said the attention focused on Pippa got to Alex.

The source revealed: "It was said after the royal wedding that Alex was jealous of Pippa flirting with Prince Harry. But the truth is she and Harry are just mates."

Other friends claimed the couple's increasing bust-ups, including a huge public one in September, stemmed Loudon not being able to cope with Pip's celebrity.

In any case, Pippa, who works at her family's event planning company Party Pieces, and is said to be close to a book deal, is in no rush to find a new fella.

But when she is, a friend of hers tells the tabloid: "She's always gone for sporty guys. Whoever is lucky enough to win her affections will have to be athletic."

Better start working out, fellas.

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Having cooled their heels after the recent deluge of Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors, British tabloids are tripping over themselves to focus on her sister again. So it goes.

The news from across the Atlantic: Pippa Middleton is newly single!

Maybe. Pippa is maintaining her trademark silence on the split rumor. Though she seems to be the only one. Both the Sun and Daily Mail are quoting "sources" close to the couple, claiming she and banker BF Alex Loudon broke up ...

Pippa Middleton and Alex Loudon

According to the Sun, while the summer split between Pippa, 27, and Alex, 31 was brief, this time, they're over for good after their "increasingly frequent arguments."

The tabloid even claims say Pippa sought solace with big sis Kate Middleton and Prince William in the wake of the split, visiting the couple at Balmoral last weekend.

While no one's confirming the split, Pippa and Alex certainly seemed happy together this summer, going to one wedding, charity event or tennis match after another.

However, if rumors of a split are true, she probably won't be on the market for too long. Just check out our gallery of Pippa Middleton pictures to find out why.

No word if Prince Harry is boarding a flight back from Arizona as we speak.