Britain's Coolest Man: One Week Left!
In 2007, you - the great ZOO-reading public - voted Noel Gallagher as being the Coolest British Man of the Year. Now it's time to decide if the Oasis legend will regain his crown, or whether this will be someone else's Champagne supernova year.
Last year's Top 10:
1) Noel Gallagher. 2) Steven Gerrard. 3) David Tennant. 4) Daniel Craig. 5) David Beckham. 6) Lewis Hamilton. 7) Simon Pegg. 8) Ricky Gervais. 9) Joe Calzaghe. 10) Alex Turner.
Now it's time to look back at 2008, and work out who deserves this greatest annual award for any British Isles male...
In the world of music you may think Noel and Liam remain kingpins, or believe Mike Skinner is the ultimate poet of our generation, or maybe you just think 61-year-old rocking Ronnie Wood's cool - for staying at the top so long in one of the most famous bands in history... and dumping his missus for a 20-year-old Russian waitress.
Dizzee Rascal had a breakout no1 this year with Dance Wiv Me, and managed to confuse the hell out of Paxman on Newsnight which is always comedy. Meanwhile Dizzee's collaborator Alex Turner might be your pick for boning Alexa Chung and making cool songs without the Arctics.
TV and Film
If you've been glued to the box this year, you might pick Gavin and Stacey star Matthew Horne - probably the only man on television who could make a Harrington jacket look cool. Then again, it's pretty hard to ignore Daniel Craig - officially, according to Jonathan Ross, the best Bond ever - and new entry, bow-tie loving Len Goodman whose straight-talking, double-entendre laden Strictly judging has had us watching the show in secret. Leftfield comedy fans might go for Richard Ayoade, star of cult shows like The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley, or maybe you're just a sci-fi nut and think nobody looks cooler fighting Daleks than Doctor Who legend David Tennant.
Guy Ritchie finally got shot of Madge, dealing with it admirably by replacing her with his own brand of whisky! His former Lock, Stock actor Jason Statham spent 2008 solidifying his place as probably our next biggest film star after Craig, while Brucie, John Sargeant and Austin Healey kept us amused during our inexplicable Strictly habit. Simon Amstell's quick wits revived Buzzcocks, and Clarkson, Hamster, Captain Slow and The Stig kept up their headlong collisions with political correctness.
Meanwhile with I'm A Celeb in full flow, could Joe Swash win you over as intrepid croc-cock-eating Cockney sparra', or might Ant and Dec jungle-drum up support with their tongue-in-cheek commentary of hilarious celeb torture?
2008 has been a pretty big year for comedy. James Corden penned one of the best comedy sitcoms in years Gavin and Stacey and picked up a BAFTA for it, Ricky Gervais moved from small screen to silver screen with Ghost Town while Steve Coogan stopped shagging Courtney Love and went back on the road with his new stand-up show. Controversial comic and ex-smack addict Russell Brand proclaimed his love for the ZOO ladies in his autobiography and then joined forces with Wossy to create a Georgina Baillie-shaped media storm.
On the small screen, Frankie Boyle and Michael McIntyre entertained us with their off-the-wall skits on Mock the Week, Steven Merchant recorded more surreal podcasts with Gervais and Karl Pilkington, and remained the tallest man in comedy by far, and Harry Hill stopped chasing women around a field with a truncheon and returned to form with his TV Burp. Meanwhile Russell Howard sold out a huge tour, and Peter Kay cracked us up again in 2008. Which one will get your vote?
In the field of sport, your favourite might be smooth-talking Sky Sports anchorman Jeff Stelling, or maybe you prefer speedy Arsenal and England whizzkid Theo Walcott? Any self-respecting boy racer will tell you F1 champ Lewis Hamilton deserves to top the list - most Spurs fans will tell you exactly the same about Harry Redknapp and his Midas touch. If you like tennis, you might think Andy Murray smashing his way to his first Grand Slam final was pretty cool, or maybe you'll go for British cycling hero Chris Foy, whose three Olympic golds just about made up for the fact we were rubbish at all that running and jumping.
Don't forget who won what in footie this year: Man Utd did the double - with Rio, Giggs and Rooney on top form and Fergie scooping up a second European Cup. Scouse duo Gerrard and Carragher starred for Liverpool, while England's Lampard and Terry caught the eye for Chelsea. Cult footie presenters Paul Merson, Chris Kamara or Adrian Chiles could steal your votes - similarly Max Rushden, the Soccer AM new boy who was linked to wonderboobed ex-Hollyoaks hottie Elize du Toit.
David Haye's stand-out demolition of Monte Barrett sets him up as one of the most exciting boxing prospects in years, while Welsh wizard Joe Calzaghe still remains unbeaten - and provided ZOO with an awesome headcam video earlier this month. His old Manc mate Ricky Hatton is as popular as ever - and not just with pie-shop owners - retaining the IBO title this year. Fellow fighter of the mixed martial arts variety, Michael Bisping, is the rising star in the increasingly popular Ultimate Fighting Championship. In other sports, Danny Cipriani could be your choice for rugger skills on the pitch and his bed-based scrums with Kelly Brook, though Ian Poulter's Masters hole-in-one and Ryder Cup heroics might sway you. Kevin Pietersen was handed the England cricket captaincy this year - and named "the most complete batsman in cricket" by The Times. Ronnie O'Sullivan potted another world title, and Louis Smith got Britain our first Olympic medal in a century in a sport we're traditionally pants in, literally - gymnastics.
Bear Grylls was seen on ZOO eating deadly snakes, disgusting bug grubs and even a porcupine, Andy McNab was busy showing us how to kick the crap out of any knife attackers, and Chris Ryan went round the world helping police forces and armies tackle some of the most bad-ass villains on the planet.
James Caan made the Dragons' Den loads cooler, and actually lives the life of a millionaire rather than just sitting about counting money. Mervyn King might be your choice - for keeping very cool in the ongoing Crunch, while Sir Alan Sugar continues to coat desperate biz wannabes with withering one-liners, and Simon Cowell spent 2008 making filthy piles of cash while enjoying himself devilishly on television.
There's tons of cool Brits out there - but only one can be your coolest chap of the year. So get voting: ZOO's Coolest British Man of 2008 will be chosen by you! Not only that - but you can vote your Worst Brit of 2008. Get your thinking caps on - who's been the biggest muppet in the land this year? Happy voting!
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