We’ve entered the last month of this year, and it is time to set down our scores and make a quick look back over the last 365 days. Who were the most popular people in this year? And who the most influential? Who became a household name around the world? We have to admit, this was a really tough tear, we lost some really great people and the death of some dictators shock the public on two occasions. Also, we had few scandals, when some private footage leaked in public and an inevitable celebrity divorces which raised all sorts of speculations. The overall and general impression, at least according to this list, is that the year of 2011 was the year of women, because only three, oh… I’ve forgotten Bieber, – four men who managed to get on this list! Let’s see who were the most popular people in 2011:
1. Emma Watson
With the grand finale of Harry Potter in the 2011 and Emma Watson finally turning 21, her popularity went through the roof! Her face was on every cover magazine, she was guest in each TV show, and her fans even started digging for some more obscene photos of their favorite actress. Emma admitted that she was a bit tired of it all, and that she needed a rest from Hermione, since that little witch was following her everywhere she went, for the last ten years. She even cut off her hair to symbolically break up with that character. But it’s not all bad, that little witch earned her several awards and more than £10 million.
2. Amy Winehouse
As we said earlier, the year of 2011 was a year of some really bad losses. In July, 2011 we had to say goodbye to Amy Winehouse, amazing singer-songwriter known not only for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, but unfortunately for her propensity to vices. She was found dead in her house, due to alcohol poisoning on July 23rd and from that moment her name became the ultimate buzzword in media. She somehow miraculously and over the night made the leap from a no good bum for which she was considered while still alive, to the musical genius and marvelous artist.
3. Angela Markel
4. Kim Kardashian
We’re not equally proud of all the people from this list. This is just a list of all of those who gained some crazy extra media attention in 2011. Kim Kardashian and her divorce with Kris Humphries after the scandalously short period of time (only 72 days) stirred the public. Many speculated how much she earned on this instant marriage and divorce.
5. Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden is the first of two villains to whom we said goodbye in 2011. He was the founder of the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the September 11. On May 2nd, 2011, bin Laden was shot and killed inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
6. Muammar Gaddafi
The second is Muammar Gaddafi. He was also known as Colonel Gaddafi, and he was the official ruler of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to 1977 and then the “Brother Leader” of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1977 to 2011. On 20th October 2011 he was captured by a rebel militia and almost immediately deeply disturbing footage, showing him all bloody and in a torn shirt as the rebels kept kicking him and punching him in the face, was released to public. Latter on, it was confirmed that he was dead.
7. Mila Kunis
This beautiful young lady had and enormous break through in the 2011 when her career had a rocket ascent initiated with her appearing in Black Swan, along with…
8. Natalie Portman
Both of them latter took up easier parts in romantic comedy movies, but we’re all hoping to see them in some better roles.
9. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of Apple Inc is another great man that has left us in 2011. He was inventor widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution. On October 5, 2011, around 3:00 p.m., Jobs died at his home in Palo Alto, California, aged 56, six weeks after resigning as CEO of Apple. A copy of his death certificate indicated respiratory arrest as the immediate cause of death, with “metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor” as the underlying cause. His occupation was listed as “entrepreneur” in the “high tech” business. During the first few days after his death media praised him, glorified him and rose him to absurd.
10. Justin Bieber
We can’t possibly make a list of most popular people in the 2011 without mentioning Justin Bieber. There is an ongoing craze about him among young teenage girls. I’m not really sure what they see in this guy, but he is insanely popular and somehow everyone seems to be so taken by his religiousness, way of talk and behavior. Honestly, I feel the need to punch him in the face, but… hey, it’s not like anyone has asked me for an opinion.