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What you picked as 2009's greatest entertainment

Tue 22 Dec 2009 In: Entertainment

So what did our readers pick as the best new movie, theatre, concert, song, album and TV show in 2009? Pass the envelopes please! Hundreds of responses came back in our annual end-of-year survey - and now our culture vulture Andrew Grear takes you through the results... Best Movie – New Moon While there were a lot of big releases this year, the sparkly abstinence vampires won the day with the follow-up to last year's smash success Twilight. It's not surprising given the over-abundance of half naked males throughout the film. For all those burying their heads in their hands and groaning at the result…don't worry, there's only three films left to come, starting with Eclipse in July 2010. Other films that rated highly with readers included Milk, which one voter said made them feel "like I was connected to something so much bigger than it is now, I wanted to go out and be with 'my people' afterwards"; The Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls, and Star Trek, summed up by one reader as "Chris Pine it provided an honest portrayal of a young man's struggle with identity, sex and self-love." Best Magazine – DNA No surprises here as everyone's favourite "not quite porn" magazine takes the top spot once again. While it does feature some genuinely great articles and interviews, the fact those pieces are interspersed around a whole lot of nearly naked and very good looking men certainly make it worth buying. And really, it's not porn, like the Abercrombie and Fitch catalogues of old, advertising clothing… by showing a lot of men wearing very little of it. It gets my vote.     Best TV Show – Glee The all singing, all dancing, and always witty Glee took out this category by a landslide. It seems that a lot of our readers are indeed gleeks and proud of it. The show is currently on hiatus in America for their fall season but will continue there - and here - in 2010. In the meantime, the first two soundtracks have been released so you can relive all your favourite musical moments during its absence. Other shows that rated highly were the NZ made The Cult and Jacquie Brown Diaries (which got my vote simply for her Noel Sullivan from Hear'say name-drop), and constant favourites Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. Best Book – The Twilight series It appears readers like reading about PG vampire romance as much as they enjoy watching it. They may not be works of literary masterpiece but these four books following the romance between Bella and her sparkly vampire boyfriend Edward have caused a worldwide furore not seen since Harry Potter. And if you think they are a bit beneath you, get over yourself, grab a copy of Twilight and make your choice, Team Edward or Team Jacob? Best Concert – The Pussycat Dolls Let's face facts, Nicole Scherzinger and her four backup dancers did not win this category. It may have been their concert, but the star of the show was Lady Gaga who opened for them. Her set alone was wholly worth the price of admission. One reader admits they only voted for them "because La Gaga was playing support and blew them out of the water!" Best Album – Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster It's official. 2009 is the year of Ga and if her meteoric rise in popularity continues as it has begun it's only a matter of time before she's running the world. Her debut release was good when it was originally came out late last year, and with the recent re-release adding eight new songs to the package it's become an absolute must-own and was voted the best album of the year by a landslide. Britney and Madonna can move aside, Lady Gaga is here to take their place. Other albums that rated highly were the debut release from Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream and Whitney Houston's highly publicised comeback I Look To You about which one reader said "This is such a powerful NON bubblegum album, the lyrics can bring you to tears! Amazing album and not just a commercial comeback, go Whitney!" Best Song – Lady Gaga's Bad Romance A reader summed this up as the "best pop song of the year hands down", and they might just be right. It ranks up there with Poker Face as one of her best singles so far and showed that she didn't exhaust all her good ideas the first time around. More proof that Lady Gaga can apparently do no wrong. Other songs that rated highly were the both excellent Bulletproof by La Roux, and She Wolf by Shakira, and also Fireflies, a surprise hit from Owl City. Thanks to Kestin Stewart for the wonderful cartoons on this page.     Andrew Grear - 22nd December 2009    

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First published: Tuesday, 22nd December 2009 - 4:33pm

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