Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (above) will be the big Brit break through star in the film world during 2011. The former Victoria Secret’s model replaces Megan Fox as the female lead in the huge third installment of the Transformers franchise. The fact she’s dating Hollywood hardman Jason Statham only adds to the buzz.
February could be hugely successful for Darcy boy Colin Firth. He’s hotly tipped to receive an Oscar nomination (if not a win) for his incredible performance in the movie The King’s Speech.
Breakthrough stars of the year will include feisty female Jessie J – who’s just picked up the Brit Award for Critic’s Choice following in the footsteps of Florence and the Machine – soulful youngster Claire Maguire and Pharrell Williams protégé Yasmin (think Massive Attack with a female vocal).
The boys in the music world will be X Factor dominated – with both Matt Cardle and One Direction pushing out albums quickly following their success on the show.
It will also be a year of the female solo star comeback too. Adele returns with her eagerly awaited second album 21 and is already making waves stateside with new single Rolling in the Deep, urban breakthrough act Katy B has given Ms. Dynamite a lifeline with her new single Lights On and Florence and the Machine should be back with a second album towards the end of the year.
Gemma Cairney looks set to be the new star of the radio waves too. After co-hosting 1Xtra’s breakfast show with Trevor Nelson she’s got her own show now doing the drive time slot and is covering for Jo Whiley for three weeks on Radio 1 in January. She’s also a firm favourite with T4 when it comes to hosting their festival coverage.
Meanwhile MTV launch their new show Plane Jane featuring Brit TV host Louise Roe. She’s been a runaway success in the States with the show – that takes a real life Plane Jane and turns them into a model-like-beast – and she’s fresh off the E! red carpet hosting the Globes and the Oscars.
Live music will be huge in 2011. Take That allow Robbie Williams back into the mix for their sell-out Progress nationwide tour in the summer, Kylie Minogue unveils her Aphrodite tour in March and Glastonbury Festival will be back for one more year before taking a year break – headliners are rumoured to be Prince, U2 and Coldplay.
And finally it will be a huge year for Madonna. As well as completely her brand new album by the end of the year she’ll be traveling around the world promoting her directorial movie debut – W.E is a biopic about the affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson that led to the British royal abdicating the throne. The critic’s must be sharpening their knives in anticipation.