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Congratulations to Annabelle, the winner of The insideSTL.com Girl Next Door of The Year Sunday at Lumiere Place.


Annabelle clearly got the campaign aspect of the contest, worked incredibly hard in getting people to F15teen, Lumiere Place, and here to insideSTL.com...and the result was a close victory over 2nd place finisher Ashley Holloman.

For her victory, Annabelle wins $2,500 and becomes our third Girl Next Door of The Year, joining 2007 winner Lauren Zych and 2008 winner Jenna N.

Before breaking down the results and allowing you to enjoy the high-caliber video that featured the swimwear competition, the verbal shots fired between Slaten and Timberfake, and the crowning of the winner, I want to mention a couple of things that may bore most of you, but are important to me:

- Thank you to Coors Light and 3949 Lindell Apartments for their sponsorship. Without them, we wouldn't be able to put on the kind of show that this thing has become.

- Thank you to Lumiere Place for hosting the event. To think that this stupid idea that we came up with in 2006 has turned into something where we are on a stage with the setting like we had yesterday at Lumiere Place is kind of surreal.


- Thank you to the judges: J-Kwon, Joshua, Hanna Hercules, Timberfake, Kevin Slaten, and Kayden Kross. Their performances was one of the highlights of the day...and well worth watching for those of you who missed it.


- Thank you to the 2009 Girl Next Door of The Year finalists. This group of girls were not only beautiful, but  they handled themselves so well throughout what was a very long day. It's the first time we've had a GND of The Year competition...and I didn't get yelled at by one of the contestants...and we didn't have a catfight. We joke around about the intelligence level of GND's to play along with the stereotype, but these 14 beautiful ladies handled a difficult, long day with dignity and class. And, furthermore, many of these ladies are quite intelligent and on their way to much bigger and better things. Their demeanor throughout this long process shows that they have what it takes to do some great things in the future. It was a pleasure getting to know and work with these ladies.


- And, finally, thank you to the staff at insideSTL.com, who did a hell of a job in planning this event out. For a really small company, this is a huge production, and I'm not sure it could've gone off better...and those who work with me know I don't just throw that around to play politics. I couldn't be more grateful for the work that went into putting this together, and now that it's all said and done, I can't convey it properly how lucky I am to have the staff working on these productions that I do. All I do is stand up there and talk. So much work goes into these things, and there are a handful of people doing all of it. Without them, there's no way we'd be able to do this.

So, with that said, here's how it all went down. Remember, there were five different parts to The Girl Next Door of The Year Voting:

1. Online Voting
2. Crowd Noise at F15teen Friday Night
3. Ballot Voting at Lumiere Place
4. Crowd Noise at Lumiere Place
5. Judges' Scores at Lumiere Place

Each portion counted for 20% of the vote...and points were awarded by where each girl finished the standings. For example, if a girl finished in 1st place for online voting, she'd get 14 points (14 ladies competed). If a girl finished in 12th place, she'd get 3 points.

Now that the knowledge has been spit, here are the results:

Online:

1. Annabelle
2. Rachael
3. Ashley
4. Keri
5. Brittni O.
6. Lindsey
7. Britney R.
8. Christina
9. Alex
10. Kasey
11. Nikki
12. Alexis
13. Jamie
14. Kelsey


Crowd Noise at F15teen:
1. Rachael
2. Annabelle
3. Ashley
4. Nikki
5. Brittni O.
6. Alexis
7. Britney R.
8. Kasey
9. Keri
10. Jamie
11. Lindsey
12. Alex
13. Kelsey
14. Christina

Ballots at Lumiere Place:
1. Lindsey
2. Annabelle
3. Nikki
4. Ashley
5. Britney R.
6. (tie) Alex
6. (tie) Rachael
8. Keri
9. Kasey
10. Brittni O.
11. Christina
12. (tie) Kelsey
12. (tie) Alexis
14. Jamie

Crowd Noise at Lumiere Place:
1. Nikki
2. Annabelle
3. Lindsey
4. Rachael
5. Ashley
6. Britney R.
7. Kelsey
8. Brittni O.
9. Alexis
10. Kasey
11. Keri
12. Christina
13. Alex
14. Jamie


The Judges at Lumiere Place:
1. Kasey
2. Ashley
3. (tie) Nikki
3. (tie) Kelsey
5. Britney R.
6. Christina
7. Keri
8. (tie) Annabelle
8. (tie) Alex
8. (tie) Rachael
8. (tie) Alexis
12. Brittni O.
13. Jamie
14. Lindsey

Final Standings:
1. Annabelle
2. Ashley
3. Rachael
4. Nikki
5. Britney R.
6. Lindsey
7. Kasey
8. Keri
9. Brittni O.
10. Alexis
11. Alex
12. Kelsey
13. Christina
14. Jamie


Taking a look at the standings and breaking them down, you see how Annabelle did it: she got people to come to the site to vote for her, got people to come to F15teen to scream and cheer for her, and got people to Lumiere Place to vote for her...and scream and cheer for her. The GND's cannot control the judges' scores, but they can influence how many people come to the site to vote for them...and come to the events to scream and cheer for them. And, that's how this contest is won.

Every year...it's a tradition: a handful of people who still don't understand that this contest isn't won by simply "who's the best looking" piss and moan about who won. I will say it again: it's about the campaign. And, Annabelle campaigned like nobody's business. Anyone who was there at F15teen or Lumiere Place heard the crowd she brought, and on top of that, she won online. She played the game perfectly, and her reward is $2,500.


Annabelle is a beautiful girl from the small town of Highland, Illinois, and she is a great representative for insideSTL.com as our Girl Next Door of The Year.

Check out all the pictures from the entire weekend by clicking HERE.

Now, courtesy of the fine work of Clark Bowen, we have captured much of the day on video for you to enjoy. So, if you missed the action yesterday at Lumiere---and man, was there some action between Slaten and Timberfake---you get to see it right here. Enjoy...and once again...congratulations to our 2009 Girl Next Door of The Year, Annabelle.





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