Who is your Entertainer of the Year?

Cookarchuleta_lThe hallways of EW HQ are abuzz — yes, abuzz! — as we hunker down and enter the serious planning stages of our annual Entertainer of the Year issue. (Last year’s winner, J.K. Rowling has added the title of Tea Party Hostess to her resume since wrapping up the little matter of her Harry Potter franchise.) And naturally, we want to get your input about which singers, actors, writers, directors, circus performers, and other assorted pop-culture standouts rocked your world in 2008.

For me, the first half of the entertainment year was defined by the David Cook-David Archuleta showdown on American Idol. Even thought my heart belonged to Carly Smithson and Jason Castro, it was the two Davids who gave us an epic, fan-mobilizing, household-dividing battle on par with Federer vs. Nadal, Coke vs. Pepsi, even chocolate vs. vanilla. And despite a million and one roadblocks from the show’s producers, the scruffy Midwestern rocker and the puppy-eyed teenage belter managed to make Idol‘s seventh season a wildly addictive, and ultimately satisfying, viewing experience.

Surely, though, you guys have other ideas about who belongs on EW’s list of pop-culture MVPs for 2008 in addition to or (gasp) instead of Mr. Cook and Mr. Archuleta. We’re planning to mine the message boards for this PopWatch item to create an Entertainers of the Year gallery and bracket game, the results of which will appear in the pages of EW’s Entertainer of the Year issue in November. So don’t delay: Give us your nomination(s) for Entertainer of the Year below. We’re  abuzz — yes, abuzz! — as we await your picks! (And for you New Kids fans who’ve gotten addicted to posting on the message boards for this item, be sure to click here and check out Margeaux Watson’s new Q&A with NKOTB, backstage at Madison Square Garden!)

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  • Brandon

    I was just saying to a friend the other day that Tina Fey had to be the Entertainer of the Year this year. I thought that before the Emmys and Sarah Palin with 30 Rock and Baby Mama (which led to her being on every magazine and talk show ever) but now there are more Emmys, 30 Rock, Palin, more talk shows, commercials, a book deal, 30 Rock, a fun cameo on Conan with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and yes, 30 Rock!

    • collegedatematch

      Yeah, I agree completely collegedatematch

  • Elizabeth

    Wow – I don’t think any one person owned this last year to be the entertainer of the year – either that or my lack of focus is worse than I thought it was :)
    Side note: I read that Michael Johns is performing the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Atlanta this weekend – here’s hoping ABC/ESPN actually shows it to us!

  • wendy

    amy Phohler. I know I spelled that wrong but she is funny.

  • Danielle

    Neil Patrick Harris for both HIMYM (which I still can’t believe he hasn’t won an Emmy for) and Dr. Horrible. He brings awesome to everything he does.

  • Abby

    Cook and Archuleta are perfect. This season of American Idol was obsession and conversation-worthy.
    I really can’t think of anyone better. But what about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who rocked in Baby Mama and have reenergized a sliding SNL?

  • arahsae

    Robert Downey Jr., hands down, if not only for his performance as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder. And what was that other little movie he did? Oh yeah, Iron Man. Entertainer with a capital E.

    • Jasmine

      DEFINITLEY robert downey junior! he so deserves it with iron man and sherlock holmes and what really did it for me was his speech at the golden globes!

  • peaches

    Tina Fey should be entertainer of the year followed by the casts of Mad Men and Gossip Girl with honorable mentions to Jenny Lewis and Meryl Streep.

  • Seth

    are we even debating this? Heath Ledger, most talked about role in the most talked about pop culture event of this year.

    • katy

      Ummm, what year are you talking about?

  • jessica

    The answer is CLEARLY Tina Fey.

  • Dennis N.

    2008’s Entertainer of the Year has got to be Rihanna. Love her or hate her, she consistently entertained in a year where our typical go-to pop divas (Beyonce, Xtina, Britney) were too busy gettin hitched, impregnated, or institutionalized to serve up some sweet singles. Her latest release gave us three bona fide hits (Hate That I Love You, Shut Up and Drive and, oh yeah, UMBRELLA!), and her latest re-release gave her license to chop her hair off even more and pull off a TP tail for the VMAs. On toppa that, her consistently chart-topping collabos with Maroon 5 and T.I. showed off her broad range instead of cloying us with overexposure. Need I give more reasons? I’ve still got approx. 300 characters left. Don’t tempt me.

    • Steve

      Here are three more: SHE CAN’T SING.

  • Dennis N.

    Oh crap. I forgot about Tina Fey. Glad I don’t have to make this decision!

  • Winona

    TV – Amy Poehler
    Music – Cook v. Archuleta
    Movies – Robert Downey, Jr.
    Books – Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture)
    Stage – Million Dollar Quartet
    Internet – Dr. Horrible

    • Deejay

      Comedy/guest appearances – BETTY WHITE

      • Deejay

        sorry to re-add … but what about the CAST OF GLEE ?

  • Daniel J. Hoag

    I fully support the choice of Tina Fey. Between 30 Rock, Baby Mama, and her Palin performances on SNL, she is the entertainer of the year in my book.

    • Steve

      Weren’t the SNL skits and Baby Mama from 2008?

      • Jasmine

        tina feys been around for a while too and she prob has been entertainer of the year before so give someone else a chance!

  • Ayla

    She was the poster woman for the WGA strike, 30 Rock had one of the best seasons of television in recent memory, Baby Mama was #1 at the box office, she won 3 Emmys and stole the show doing so, and brought SNL back from the dead. And the third season of 30 Rock starts next week, so her year is nowhere near finished. TINA FEY ALL THE WAY.

  • Ronald Carrière

    Tina Fey is definitely the Entertainer of the Year thanks to the success of 30 Rock and her priceless imitation of Sarah Palin.

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