Back in May, EW.com conducted a tournament-style competition to determine the best summer-movie villain of all time. (Your winner? The Joker!) Because the game turned out to be so much fun, and because we’re a bunch of Cranky McCrankenpants, we’re mulling a similar bracket game, this time to determine the most annoying person in entertainment. Cruel, perhaps… but fun, most definitely.
That said, like Velma Kelly in Chicago, we simply cannot do it alone. And so, despite the risk of looking like part of a massive corporate entity pressing our beloved readers into free labor, we’re asking you to help us come up with a list of nominees.
Before we get started, let’s narrow the pool a little bit. We’re looking at actual entertainers, so let’s avoid nominating folks like Paris Hilton, who’s indubitably annoying but has extremely limited impact on the world of music, movies, books, and television. (I’m going to argue against The View’s Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbot, too, since they’d rob the competition of any sense of suspense, no?) We’re looking more at, say, the one member of an ensemble cast who is the proverbial fly in your favorite TV show’s soup, or the singer or band whose music always makes you change the station. I’m throwing my support to manic comic Jack Black; every time that dude appears on stage or screen, I feel like I’m being force-fed a ham sandwich. (Was it just me, or did he add an extra hour to Peter Jackson’s interminable King Kong remake?) My editors Jay Woodruff and Jason Adams, meanwhile, are lobbying respectively for Carlos Mencia and Robin Williams, while my husband insisted over dinner last night that a first-round showdown between Sting and Bono would be a nail-biting delight.
Let us know, are we on the right track, or are there far worse pop-culture irritants we ought to be highlighting? Give us your whos (and your whys) in the comments section below!