Skidoosh -- what a year 2010 was!
Catchy phrases, trendy fashions and great movies highlighted the year for the members of our TX. staff.
We take a look back at the great and not-so-great of the past 12 months in our annual TX. Best & Worst survey. This isn't a scientific poll, just the results of nominations and votes by the teens of TX.
See how their picks in 2010's music, film, TV, books, fashion and sports line up with yours.
BEST OVERALL FILM
"It made me question if I was in a dream after I saw it!" said Ariana Golchin, a senior at Bonneville High.
2. "Alice in Wonderland" and "How to Train Your Dragon"
A fan of "Alice in Wonderland," Rachel Badali, a sophomore in Electronic High School, said, "I didn't think I was going to like this movie but there is a lot of 'muchness' in this film."
3. "Tangled" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
WORST OVERALL FILM
"Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore"
2. "The Last Airbender," "Vampires Suck" and "Eclipse"
Natalya Essler, a senior at Box Elder High, said the TV version of "The Last Airbender" was much better. The film was "a disgrace! Seven minutes of the movie was dedicated to that wave scene ... pathetic."
"How to Train Your Dragon"
2. "Hot Tub Time Machine" and "Despicable Me"
3. "Date Night" and "Due Date"
"The Tooth Fairy" and "The Spy Next Door"
2. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
"Letters to Juliet"
2. "Dear John" and "The Wolfman"
Dylan Hansen, a junior at Syracuse High, said of "Dear John," "I'm a guy, which equals a lot of throwing up."
"Toy Story 3"
2. "Eclipse" and "Iron Man 2"
"Eclipse" and "Shrek Forever After"
BEST MOVIE LINE
"It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!" -- from "Despicable Me"
2. "You just gestured to all of me." -- from "How to Train Your Dragon"
WORST MOVIE LINE
Two bad ones stand out:
* "Hearing you breathe is the greatest gift I've ever received." -- from "Vampires Suck"
* "Doesn't he own a shirt?" -- from "Eclipse"
2. Emma Stone
3. Keira Knightley
Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus
ACTOR I'D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH
"Count me in -- who cares if he is married!" said Madison Ostberg, a sophomore at Bonneville High.
2. Taylor Lautner and Lea Michele
Lautner, said Golchin, "wouldn't have to buy me dinner ... gazing at his beautifulness is enough to keep me satisfied."
BEST NEW SHOW
"Parenthood" and "Adventure Time"
"This is just a silly cartoon that is hilarious in a smart way, with the way it is drawn and just the way it is written. It's not just some dumb show that is trying too hard to be funny," said Shade Leeds, a junior at Roy High.
WORST NEW SHOW
"What it teaches young girls is that they can't be loved without plastic surgery," said Mackenzie Stevens, a senior at Bonneville High.
BEST REALITY SHOW
2."The Biggest Loser" and "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
3. "The Buried Life"
WORST REALITY SHOW
2. "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"
3. "American Idol"
BEST RETURNING SHOW
2. "The Office"
3. "Criminal Minds" and "Tosh.0"
WORST RETURNING SHOW
2. "Jersey Shore"
BEST TV COMMERCIAL
The Old Spice "I'm on a horse!" commercial.
"This one gets me every time. Just thinking about it makes you smile, it's so silly," said Charlie Anderson, a senior at NUAMES.
Others ads catching our eye are Snickers commercials and the Axe commercial with the sports balls.
WORST TV COMMERCIAL
Stevens Henager College
"I got pretty tired of them yelling at me to get off the couch all summer long!" said Dylan Hansen, a junior at Syracuse High.
2. Zu Zu pets
3. J.G. Wentworth
Steve Carell and Lea Michele
2. Tina Fey, Daniel Tosh and Emily Deschanel
WORST ON TV
Anywhere Justin Bieber appears
BEST NEW ARTIST
"She has such a new different voice; it's very unique but sounds super good!" said K'Lila Bingham, a senior at Bonneville High.
2. Automatic Loveletter
3. Justin Bieber
WORST NEW ARTIST
Heidi Montag and Justin Bieber
2. Willow Smith
BEST NEW SONG
Country: "Mine," Taylor Swift
2. "Stuck Like Glue" (Sugarland) and "Back to December" (Taylor Swift)
3. "The Boys of Fall," Kenny Chesney
Rap: "Love the Way You Lie," Eminem and Rihanna
2. "Not Afraid," Eminem
3. "Who Dat Girl," Flo Rida
Pop: "Raise Your Glass," Pink
Others we like are "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry), "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz) and "Misery," (Maroon 5)
Rock/Screamo: "Wasting Time" (Four Year Strong) and "Kings and Queens" (30 Seconds to Mars)
2. "Tea Party," Kerli
Hip hop: "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love," Usher, featuring Pittbull
2. "Erase Me," Kid Cudi
Alternative: "Animal" (Neon Trees) and "Secrets" (OneRepublic)
Other: "Grenade," Bruno Mars
2. "Haven't Met You Yet," Michael Buble
WORST NEW SONG
Rap: "Pretty Boy Swag," Soulja Boy
Pop: "California Girls," Katy Perry
"Sounds even worse with a bunch of teenage guys singing it at scout camp," said Dylan Hansen, a junior at Syracuse High.
2. "Take It Off," Ke$ha
Hip hop: "Billionaire," Travie McCoy
Alternative: "Whip My Hair," Willow Smith
"EW. So annoying," said Ariana Golchin, a senior at Bonneville High.
Other: "Grenade," Bruno Mars
MOST OVERPLAYED SONG
"California Girls," Katy Perry
2. "Tik Tok," Ke$ha
3. "Airplanes" (B.o.B.) and "Love the Way You Lie" (Eminem and Rihanna)
BEST NEW ALBUM
"Speak Now," Taylor Swift
2. "Illuminations," Josh Groban
3. "Enemy of the World" (Four Year Strong) and "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry)
WORST NEW ALBUM
"The DeAndre Way," Soulja Boy
BEST NEW MUSIC VIDEO
"Telephone," Lady Gaga
2. "Mine," Taylor Swift
3. "Firework," Katy Perry
WORST NEW MUSIC VIDEO
"Can't Be Tamed," Miley Cyrus
"When you're getting millions to be a role model for kids, you can't make influential videos like this. It just isn't right," said Charlie Anderson, a senior at NUAMES.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Paramore
2. Tim McGraw
BEST RADIO STATION
MIX 107.9 and 99.5
BEST UTAH CLUB/PLACE TO LISTEN TO BANDS
The Basement and EnergySolutions Arena
2. In the Venue
2. Pea coats, slouchy cardigans, belts with shorter skirts
Belts, said K'Lila Bingham, a senior at Bonneville High, look "kinda professional but at the same time cute and high-spirited."
Other favorites are high waters, V-neck shirts, jackets, jeggings and the return of the floral print
"Seriously though ... what's the point of them?" said Rachel Hernandez, a senior at Layton High.
2. Lady Gaga fashion, baggy pants, mini skirts with leggings
Other things we dislike are jeggings, holes in jeans, mittens and crocheted flower headbands
BEST CATCHY PHRASE
"Skidoosh!" -- from "Kung Fu Panda"
"I always feel like a ninja warrior when I say this. It's pretty awesome," said Jaycie Miller, a senior at Fremont High.
2. "Get some!"
3. "Your mom"
WORST SAYING or PHRASE
"That's what she said!"
2. "Is that a fat joke?" and "Epic fail!"
www.mylifeisaverage.com and Facebook
Miller says she likes mylifeisaverage.com because "it makes me feel good that other people function the same way I do. It's very comforting to know I'm not alone with all this crazy randomness."
BEST ONLINE CHAT SITE
BEST NEW INVENTION
2. iPhone 4
BEST NEW STORE
2. Simply Mac and WinCo
BEST NEW FOOD
2. Turtle chocolate fondue at the Melting Pot
BEST CELL PHONE
BEST VIDEO GAME
"Just Dance 2" and "Pokemon SoulSilver"
WORST VIDEO GAME
"SimAnimals Africa DS Game"
BEST DATE ACTIVITY
Seeing the lights at Temple Square
2. Cooking together or riding go-carts
3. Pumpkin carving, or watching a sunset, or going on walks
Overall, said K'Lila Bingham, a senior at Bonneville High, "it's best to do activities that you can talk to your date and learn more about them."
WORST DATE ACTIVITY
2. Sitting on the couch staring at each other
"Terrible experience," said Ariana Golchin, a senior at Bonneville High.
Other lame ideas are sitting around doing doing, and the "Awkward Question Game"
BIGGEST NEWS STORY
Gulf oil spill
2. Testimony of Elizabeth Smart in kidnapping trial of Brian David Mitchell
3. The earthquake in Haiti
MOST HEARTWARMING/FEEL-GOOD STORY
Chilean miners rescued after being trapped underground for 70 days
2. Jury finds Elizabeth Smart's kidnapper guilty
3. News about a hippopotamus in Africa that helps drowning animals across a river
SILLIEST/LEAST IMPORTANT STORY
It's a tossup between anything Lady-Gaga related or, locally, the Utah "Blizzard" of 2010
Minna Wang, a sophomore at NUAMES, said the blizzard didn't turn out to be that big: "Me and my friends got stuck at the mall during it but we got home OK."
BEST SPORTS MOMENT
Utah Jazz overcome double-digit halftime deficits to win in four straight games.
2. Real Salt Lake wins Major League Soccer championships.
3. Field goal block at the end of the Brigham Young University and University of Utah football game.
WORST SPORTS MOMENT/HAPPENING
Skier Lindsey Vonn crashing at the 2010 Winter Olympics
2. Blown fumble call during BYU/Utah football game
3. The BYU vs. U of U final football game when the U of U won by 1 point
LeBron James, David Beckham and Michael Phelps
MOST DISAPPOINTING ATHLETE
BEST UTAH TEAM
Jazz and Real Salt Lake
WORST UTAH TEAM
2. Salt Lake Bees
BEST UTAH RESORT TO SKI
BEST UTAH RESORT TO SNOWBOARD
Powder Mountain and Snowbasin
BOOKS & COMICS
BEST NEW BOOK
"Mockingjay," by Suzanne Collins
WORST NEW BOOK
"First Step 2 Forever," by Justin Bieber
BEST BOOK READ IN ENGLISH CLASS
WORST BOOK READ IN ENGLISH CLASS
"Biggest waste of time. Ever," said Rachel Hernandez, a Layton High senior.
FAVORITE BOOK TO REREAD
Harry Potter series
Other favorites are "The Hourglass Door," the "Twilight Saga" and "Yotsuba&!"
Or some teens, like Jaycie Miller, a Fremont senior, enjoy "Gone With the Wind": "Every girl needs a guy like Rhett to keep her grounded. And it definitely helps if he's the 'tall, dark and handsome' type."
BEST COMIC STRIP
Calvin and Hobbs
"It relates to more than half of the student body at my school," said K'Lila Bingham, a Bonneville High senior.
3. Cyanide & Happiness, and Garfield
WORST COMIC STRIP
Others we don't like include Cathy, For Better or Worse and Pearls Before Swine
BEST COMIC BOOK
WORST COMIC BOOK