Best & Worst 2008: Breakout stars
Who was hot in 2008: Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Russell Brand, David Cook, David Archuleta, Leona Lewis, M.I.A., Duffy, Sarah Palin and more.
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Sarah Palin( Al Grillo / Associated Press / December 4, 2008 )
Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, was quite possibly the most famous and infamous character on television in 2008. Her surprise pick as John McCain's vice presidential running mate and her subsequent speeches opened up a floodgate of political scrutiny and comedic fodder. Most popular was Tina Fey's impersonation of the politician on "Saturday Night Live," which became an event in and of itself. But other factors -- an investigation into firings leveled by the governor, her love of guns and hunting, her foreign policy views, and her teenage daughter's pregnancy -- all contributed to the hockey mom's persona and media presence.