Insider presents its own awards to its favourite celebrities of 2011
Super Sweetie of the Year:
Illusionist Derren Brown. The spooky showman proved he had a soft centre when he played a date at the Empire theatre in the spring.
Aware that around a hundred fans were waiting in the street for the chance to meet him, Derren sent out boxes of posh Thornton’s Continental choccies to the stage door to keep them going until he got out to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Mummy’s Boy (or should that be Mommy’s Boy?) of the Year:
Teen pop heartthrob Justin Bieber. The baby-faced Canadian caused mayhem when he stayed at the Hard Days Night Hotel in March, bringing traffic to a standstill and prompting a near-riot of hormones.
So much so that he wasn’t able to leave his room to take a planned Beatles sightseeing tour. Instead mum Pattie – on tour with him – did the full Magical Mystery trail, stocking up on Fab souvenirs for her boy and signing the door of Ringo’s old house with the words ‘Team JB’.
Guilty Food Frenzy of the Year:
Runners-up: Girlband The Saturdays. The gorgeous fivesome might look like a takeaway’s never passed their lips, but don’t you believe it.
Holed up at the Radisson ahead of their Phil gig in February, the girls ditched any diva demands in favour of a good old fashioned chippy tea. They sent out helpers to bring back five portions of fish and chips, bottled water and some doggy treats for Mollie’s pet dogs.
Winner: Pop punk legend Debbie Harry.
The Blondie singer was clearly embracing British traditions when she came to Liverpool for their gig at the O2 Academy in August.
Staying at the Hard Days Night Hotel, rather than order room service, she nipped up North John Street to the nearest Greggs bakery.
There, surprised fellow customers reported her happily chatting to fans in the queue before leaving with a big bag of sandwiches, sausage rolls and cream buns in her hand.
And she must have loved them – next day she went back for more.
Absolutely Fabulous Fashionista of the Year (in honour of Eddy and Patsy’s comeback, of course):
Runner-up: City centre-based designer Caroline Oates. Caroline made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up her own Aintree Ladies Day outfit … for Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie.
Caroline was contacted by her stylist who was looking for clothes for a video shoot in South Africa. And having visited her Liverpool showroom she promptly took away a dusky pink crepe de Chine jumpsuit – which Caroline had made for herself to wear for the races.
Winners: Philip Armstrong and Tony Burke. It’s been an incredible year for Liverpool’s celebrity design duo. Not only did they pull off a telly double, dressing Kelly Rowlands on ITV for X Factor and Alesha Dixon on BBC for Strictly, they bagged two singing megastars for their client list too.
Lady Gaga wore their black jersey dress with chains to snuggle up with Stephen Fry on the cover of the FT weekend magazine in June and in April Katy Perry chose a stunning nude dress covered in crystals for her biggest red carpet outing of the year – the premiere of hubby Russell Brand’s movie Arthur.
Celeb Twitter Pic of the Year:
Model and super-WAG Abbey Clancy. Having prompted a flurry of tabloid speculation that she’d had a little lip work done, Abbey decided to take to Twitter to poke fun at herself and the gossips.
Denying she’d undergone some lip plumping surgical enhancements, leaving her with a bit of a trout pout, Abbey posted this comedy pic of herself with the words: “I swear I haven’t had my lips done!!!! #foralltheintelligentpeopleoutthere!”
Most Disappointing Rumour of the Year:
Hollywood hunk George Clooney. Word reached Insider earlier this month that the man himself was filming near Liverpool’s Chinatown and excitement was reaching fever pitch when our source found Berry Street blocked off with police cars and cameras.
Sadly, despite whispers on set that it was true, it was far from it. As Liverpool actor Andrew Schofield confirmed over a pint in Pogue Mahone’s that night, it was in fact filming for a new four-part drama series Savage for the BBC. And Mr Clooney? Luther star Warren Brown.
Spotted of the Year:
Runner-up: Singer Sophie Ellis Bextor having lunch with friends at the Signature Cafe in Rapid.
Winner: Amanda Holden nipping in to the Edge Lane McDonald’s drive-through to use the loo!