Maxim Hot 100, Eurovision Song Contest

26 May

Maxim Hot 100 for 2012 – this year’s list of the world’s most beautiful women has been topped by 26-year old Israeli model Bar Refaeli.

The model first reached a wide audience after she started dating actor Leo DiCaprio in 2005. The couple were together for almost 4 years before they split in June 2009.

Bar has been seen modelling for US lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret and has also featured as the cover model on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2009. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is often used as a barometer of “bikini body” fame and has previously featured Elle Macpherson, Christie Brinkley, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Beyonce and Kate Upton.

Bar was recently seen in a controversial black and white advert for the underwear range. She appeared completely naked in the ad which features a range of underwear for men and women that she helped design.

This year’s Maxim Hot 100 featured Olivia Munn in 2nd place for the 2nd year running. The list was created by votes from readers this year, the first time this has happened. Editor Dan Bova explained that each year there were always rows with their readers over who had been left off the list so this year they thought they would hand it over to them to decide.

Here is the Top 20 from this year’s Maxim Hot 100

  1. Bar Refaeli
  2. Olivia Munn
  3. Mila Kunis
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Olivia Wilde
  6. Jennifer Lawrence
  7. Emma Stone
  8. Megan Fox
  9. Malin Akerman
  10. Adrianne Palicki
  11. Rosie Huntington-Whitley
  12. Kate Beckinsale
  13. Blake Lively
  14. Lea Michele
  15. Kristen Stewart
  16. Charlize Theron
  17. Scarlett Johansson
  18. Katrina Bowden
  19. Victoria Justice
  20. Jennifer Love Hewitt

Eurovision Song Contest 2012 – tonight sees the final in Baku, Azerbaijan of the most camp singing competition that we know of.

The UK entry is 76-year old Engelbert Humperdinck who is confident that he can win the competition and has even looked to Elvis for some help. Engelbert will be wearing a thunderbolt pendant that The King gave him over 60 years ago. The pendant has the initials TCB standing for Taking Care of Business, Elvis’s favourite saying and has a value of around £2m.

As well as our own Engelbert there are a number of other acts to watch out for tonight. Best known to us here in the UK is the Irish entry Jedward. Little more needs to be said about the madcap Irish twins but if you want to read and see more click here.

From Russia comes Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of 6 singing grannies. Their song Party For Everybody is the first song to feature the little known Udmurt language.  Granny Natasha from the group has also taken another record as at almost 77-years old she is the contest’s oldest ever competitor.

The Serbian entry comes from Zeljko Joksimovic who came 2nd in 2004. He is trying hard to appeal to all nations as he has issued versions of his song Nije Ljubav Stvar in English, Russian, Spanish and Azeri.

The Swedish entry from Loreen is the runaway favourite to win tonight’s contest. The 28-year old’s song has already done well in her home country having topped the Swedish charts for 6 weeks and sold enough copies to get platinum status 5 times over. Sweden does of course have a strong Eurovision tradition with the country winning the contest in Brighton in 1974 with the song Waterloo by ABBA.

The Eurovision is in its 57th year and is expected to be watched live tonight by around 125 million people around the world.

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