With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time for many people to reflect on what they're thankful for. And in this celebrity-infused culture, that may even include a few of their favorite stars! Here are 10 celebs to be thankful for this year:
The "American Idol" winner wowed us with his ultra deep voice, but he didn't let his fast-forwarded rise to fame change his good-boy ways. While recording contracts and tours on his plate, McCreery knows first and foremost that he's still a high school student. He's carefully juggling his work and his senior year of high school-- and AP English awaits!
Her 25-year talk show reign ended in May, but Oprah is still putting good things on the air over at her OWN Network. Just when we were really starting to feel the void of her ended daytime talk show, this fall "Oprah's Lifeclass" gave us 25 days of powerful life lessons. In January we can look forward to the Queen of Talk's "Next Chapter."
Aside from that pesky paternity lawsuit (which has since been dropped), this kid's squeaky clean image has made him a suitable role model for tweens. His "Never Say Never" mantra translated into a big-screen documentary about his life-and even in dark days, he says empowering stuff like, "I know I'm going to be a target but I'm never going to be a victim."
The "All My Children" actor was thrust into the spotlight during his stint on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," where many viewers learned about his horrific accident in Iraq for the first time. But the Iraq war hero's positive attitude makes him a winner in anyone's book-mirror ball trophy or not.
This silver fox has been a night time staple for years, but in 2011 he made the leap to daytime TV, where he chats about money saving tips, reality shows and, yes, some serious topics. Who'd have thunk that AC would ever step into Oprah's shoes? Not us, but we're glad he did!
This rocker just keeps getting better with age. The Bon Jovi front man paid it forward this year, with the opening of a pay-what-you-can afford restaurant in his home state of New Jersey. Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen serves up low-income families a healthy alternative to fast food. And he can sing, too!
We questioned when he left "American Idol," but now we understand why. This year Simon Cowell launched his own singing competition show-- and it may be even better than "Idol." "The X Factor" is glitzier, glammier, and the talent is top notch.
The world needed a royal wedding right about now, and boy did we get one! Kate Middleton's April wedding to Prince William was a class act-and so is she. We're glad she became a princess in a day.
We don't know what it is about this guy, but he lights up a room. Kressley was ousted on "Dancing With the Stars" in Week 5, but his winning 'tude shined so much that he was brought back for filler segments throughout the season. Can he come back again next season? Please?
The "Glee" star made Time Magazine's list of The 100 Most Influential People in The World-and for good reason. He beat the odds and didn't fall victim to high school bullying-a message he relays to fans of his show.
Holly Robinson Peete
We're not sure what "The Talk" producers were thinking, but the day time chat fest just isn't the same without this actress/activist. Her mom's view take on everyday topics seems to have been abandoned, while viewers were never given an explanation on her departure. Still, Peete gave us a year's worth of her views and her insights into autism-- and for that we are grateful.
More From This Contributor:
Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network here to start publishing your own articles.
- Arts & Entertainment
- Arts & Entertainment/People/Celebrity
- Jon Bon Jovi