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Celeb of the Year -2012

What makes a celebrity? Sure, there's the leading ladies and their hunky male counterparts. Of course there's the pop stars and other hitmakers. But does that encompass all the contenders for E! Celeb of the Year? Hardly! There's plenty of famous folks who can't fit into those labels.

And we've rounded up 16 of those guys and gals and have officially dubbed them Newsmakers. Because, no matter what made them famous (be it a presidential election or a leaked sex tape), they generated headlines. But, when they square off NCAA-style in this bracket, who can handle the heat?!

Honey Boo Boo (AKA 7-year old Alana Thompson) nabbed the top seed because, hell-o, her go go juice is gonna help her win. But does the former Toddlers and Tiaras beauty queen have enough farting power to skyrocket her to the finish line?!

Especially when she faces the likes of President Barack Obama, for one. Not to mention royals: The English variety (Kate Middleton and Prince Harry) and reality TV royalty (Kim Kardashian). Oh yeah, and two little-heard-of actresses named Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan.

The choice is yours. Now, vote!