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February 20th, 2006

No Names of the Year 2008

Four years ago (!), I wrote the second in a series of Pings predicting which celebrities would be no names in two years. I forgot to write a follow-up in 2004 (whoops), so let’s review how I did predicting the year 2004 before I get to 2008’s no names.

Gwen Stefani: Wishful thinking on my part, I guess. I was hoping that Gwen’s rise to mediocrity would be stemmed by 2004. Clearly it wasn’t, as she was up for a Grammy (or two, whatever) in 2006.

Jerry Springer: Given the grip that reality shows have on America, Jerry’s stuff seems like child’s play. I’m going to take this one as a victory. His show is still in syndication, but Springer is culturally irrelevant.

Jennifer Lopez: Pretty much. The media still jokes about her no-longer-existant (and not even large) large derriere now and then, but Lopez’s days in the sun are over.

Nelly Furtado: No name. She had a polarizing first single (“I’m Like a Bird”) and started claiming to be as versatile and talented as Beck. Beck’s still putting out albums. Nelly might be too, but people have moved on.

Ryan Adams: Mostly, outside of indie rock circles. He’s still putting out between 18 and 45 albums each year. But he’ll be remembered only for that “New York” crap song that became popular after 9.11.01, and nothing else. Hooray!

Limp Bizkit: “Who?” “Exactly.”

Now, without further ado, my predictions for no names of the year 2008!

Eva Longoria
Every American Idol Winner (Except for 2007’s)
Coldplay
The Black Eyed Peas
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Kanye West

Posted in Pop Culture

FROM: COD
DATE: Monday February 20, 2006 -- 9:27:18 am
I hate to say this, and I never would have predicted it, but Kelly Clarkson might have staying power. Also, the blond chick from Oklahoma (the 2005 winner) will still be selling millions of albums in Nashville in 2008.



FROM: Dee
DATE: Monday February 20, 2006 -- 3:33:05 pm
As long as the lead singer of Coldplay is married to Gweneth Paltrow we will be hearing Gwen is pregnant with her 5th child in 2008.( she wears the pants in the family lol) Plus, I really think they are talented group.



FROM: Greg
DATE: Tuesday February 21, 2006 -- 9:28:00 am
The following four items are a great way for singers (please note I said singers, not musicians) to stay off of "Paul's List" of future no-names.

- Start own fashion line
- Get a show on MTV
- Scandalize themselves
- Remain attractive to pre-pubescent boys



FROM: paula
DATE: Saturday February 25, 2006 -- 1:55:10 pm
this page is funny. i think eva longoria will be around. shes the next jennifer aniston. and kelly clarkson is definitely on her way to being a very successful performer. all others however are totally legit!



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