Back in the January 2009 issue, Maxim Magazine listed its picks of the hottest, sexiest stars ("Young Hot Hollywood 2009," pp. 48-57) that they predicted would become the A-list icons during the year. Let's take a look back and see how they fared.
HILLARY DUFF, THE ONE TO WATCH:
Well, our eyes were willing to be glued to her. But the movie projects she mentioned didn't make a big splash in 2009. All we were left with was the way she rocked the teddy from Forever 21 in the magazine's pictorial. But as the interview section pointed out, she has developed past her teen years now. So we are looking forward to more tempting video action from her in the new decade.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON, THE SCREEN GODDESS:
There is no denying the allure of this sultry blonde, even though -- as the magazine pointed out -- she's married. But 2009 turned out to be a slow production turnout for this actress (not even a baby popped out). And the other prediction the magazine hoped for -- that Scarlett's relationship will go the way of most Hollywood marriages and she will be checking the "single" box on her tax return forms -- also didn't happen this year for us single guys.
BLAKE LIVELY, THE IT GIRL:
Blake kept herself within our sights in 2009 by sticking with Gossip Girl. However, the movie project mentioned in the magazine article (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) didn't ever register on the sizzle seismograph. While she may someday be the "it" girl, "it" didn't happen for her in 2009.
VANESSA HUDGENS, THE PROM QUEEN:
Vanessa probably made this list because the magazine writers still had the wallpaper on their desktop computers of her full-frontal picture that she e-mailed privately to Zac Efron -- and subsequently became the property of the rest of the world. While she still gets many "what was she thinking?" style points for that move in the previous year, all was quiet on the Hudgens front in 2009. Sure she appeared in another kiddie movie "Band Slam," but there were no slamming scenes of the kind we wanted to see.
KATY PERRY, THE POP PRINCESS:
Katy earned her royalties this year. After kissing a girl in 2008, now she sang about how she woke up all hungover in Vegas. The song alone left us with dry-mouth. But to actually see her sing it with her lungs in any of her videos or concerts can take your breath away.
OLIVIA WILDE, THE HEARTSTOPPER:
Olivia did manage to play doctor with us this past year, on the TV show House M.D. and in the movie Year One. However, our hearts stopped this fall, when her bisexual doctor character was dropped from the TV show.
HAYDEN PANETTIERE, THE SUPERGIRL:
Oh, HaydenHayden toyed with us. While continuing her super ways on the TV show Heroes, her character went to the precipice of a girl-on-girl relationship (she did do the lesbian kiss). But immediately the writers backed off and stuck to ass-kicking action. She was also a sweetheart in the teen movie I Love You, Beth Cooper, but how many of us went to the theatres and saw that? Things with Hayden in 2009 were a bit...premature. Hopefully Beth Cooper will hit cable, and Hayden will find reason to don the cheerleader outfit again on Heroes in 2010.
AUDRINA PATRIDGE, THE REAL THING:
Now here's what we're talking about. Audrina, like Speidi and Lauren Conrad, graduated from The Hills. But instead of having a spousal meltdown or hiding behind a writer's pen, this past summer Audrina put her best bikini on and ate a Carl's Jr. burger in slow motion, complete with dripping sauce. Guys never paid attention to commercial breaks so often during the 2009 off-season (i.e. non-Super Bowl TV ads).
RIHANNA, THE DIVINE DIVA:
Even Maxim didn't see it coming, the way Rihanna would manage to make headlines in 2009. But charges of abuse during her tumultuous relationship with Chris BrownChris Brown became one of the talking points this past year. Her voice remained on the radio and she even got to cry in TV interviews about her recovery from the incident. It was definitely an attention-getting way to let guys know they still had an opportunity to score with her, as long as they are the sensitive type right now.
While all 9 of these girls were viable candidates for 2009 sexiest stars, only Katy, Audrina, and Rihanna fulfilled their end of the bargain. And our time with Olivia was so rudely interrupted. 2010 brings not only a new year, but a new decade. We'll see what happens then.
To see Maxim's online pictorial, click here.