She insists again. Look, no one back home will believe you if you dont have a picture! Fearing that her pushing might get physical, I tell her that Im on this cruise as a journalist, that Ive met Blais a few times and that Im more interested in hearing why shes here than in acting on any fanboy tendencies of my own. Finally, she relents. But Roses vehemence makes it clear how intensely she feels about Blais and the show. And its reactions like hers that explain why Top Chef: The Cruise drew a sold-out crowd for its voyage from Miami to Cozumel and back in the spring. Rose and her fellow fans jumped at the chance to get up close and personal with some of their favorite reality-show stars or at least as up close and personal as you can get when 2,000 people are trying to do the same thing. It makes a lot of sense: Cruise ships are fishbowls anyway, floating hotels that devotees love and critics hate for some of the same reasons. (Pro: You dont have to leave the boat! Con: You cant leave the boat!) So you may as well bide your time with others who share at least one of your interests. Standing in line for dinner or a safety drill or a shore excursion, all you have to do to strike up a conversation is ask, Which season was your favorite? I was all about Seasons 7, 8 and 9, Rose says when I ask her. Season 10?

Can Small Businesses Really Afford Celebrity Endorsements?

2 couple on our list: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen . Like Jay Z and Knowles, Brady and Bundchen have used their fame to build bigger businesses around themselves. We estimate the couple earned a combined $80 million between June 2012 and June 2013. The highest-paid model in the world, Bundchen out-earned her football star husband by $4 million. In addition to her modelling money, Bundchen earns big off of her line of flip-flops from Brazilian footwear company Grendene. She is a part owner of the company, and its shares have doubled since 2012. Off the gridiron, Brady earns from endorsement deals with companies like Uggs and Under Armor. His new contract with the New England Patriots, which included a $30 million signing bonus, will have him playing in the NFL until hes 40 years old. To compile our list we talked to managers, agents, producers and other in-the-know folks to come up with estimates for each celebritys entertainment-related earnings. Our research was done for our Celebrity 100 list, which measures earning between June 2012 and June 2013. We did not subtract for taxes, agent fees or other expenses related to being a celebrity.

Jay Z And Beyonce Top Our List Of The Highest-Earning Celebrity Couples

Today, the pool of celebrities includes A-list Hollywood superstars as well as reality TV celebrities and internet celebrities. Small businesses have more opportunities to secure celebrity spokespeople, but that doesnt mean investing in a celebrity is the right marketing strategy for every small business. More from Forbes: – 20 Job Rules For Millennials Celebrity Endorsement Costs The first question small businesses have when they consider using a celebrity spokesperson is whether or not they can afford to pay the celebritys fees. Evan Morgenstein, President & CEO of CelebExperts , a company that helps businesses of all sizes secure the right celebrity spokespeople, says there is a misconception about the investment costs for celebrity endorsements. Almost 60% of the clients we work with each year are from emerging, start-up, or non-industry leading companies, brands and products, explains Evan. The misconception by most is that only the P&Gs, Johnson & Johnsons and Gatorades of the world can afford a celebrity spokesperson, but that isnt supported by our experience. The key to success, according to Evan, is to take the time to understand the business needs and budget in order to match the right celebrity to the requirements. The term celebrity has such a tremendously wide range of definitions from actors and athletes, to authors and adventurers, and even business titans, reality TV stars and musicians, explains Evan. Each category has its own pricing structure, but as a rule of thumb, if a persons fame has no way to sustain itself (like a reality TV contestant on a show like Survivor), you can expect fees to start at $5,000 while a celebrity from Iron Chef America may command $100,000 or more for the same marketing program. Tracking ROI Once a small business has set aside an adequate budget and defined the celebrity it wants to work with, the next obstacle is tracking the performance of the investment. Unfortunately, tracking ROI isnt perfect when it comes to celebrity endorsements. Most programs are impression-based, so tracking a solid ROI is possible, but tracking becomes more problematic in the gray area of branding, says Evan. If a celebrity is utilized to increase brand awareness beyond impressions, then polling a core demographic after the celebrity engagement may give the business indications of a viable ROI. In general, most companies expect that not everything in a celebrity-centric deal can be evaluated using traditional metrics. Celebrity Endorsements: The Good and the Bad Celebrity endorsements dont have to cost millions of dollars to be successful, but there are some types of celebrity endorsement campaigns that work better than others. Evan suggests, Most small business engagements revolve around two areas: PR and social media with PR being the most creative. Most importantly, remember that a celebrity endorsement can tie a celebrity to a brand in consumers minds for a very long time.

Celebrity-Athlete Bromances

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Ladies’ Division (Kind Of): Roger Federer & Anna Wintour Source: New York Daily News Who says you can’t have a bromance with a lady? Roger Federer says. And Roger Federer can do whatever he wants. The Swiss tennis pro recently surfaced alongside infamous Vogue editor Anna Wintour at a party in New York Cityand you know Wintour must love Roger a whole lot because she even took off her sunglasses to be photographed with him. Wintour has also been spotted courtside at Federer’s matches, where she divulged that her buddy doesn’t think much of her fashion advice. She said of his playing wardrobe (via Yahoo! Sports ), “I think I gave my opinion and he completely ignored it. But anyway, he looks great.” Will Ferrell & Pete Carroll Chris McGrath/Getty Images Anyone who knows anything about USC football knows that Will Ferrell is one of its biggest fans. The SNL alum and actor is a graduate of USC and is a frequent fixture at Trojan football games. He even struck up a friendship with former USC coach Pete Carroll, now of the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, the two became such close bros that Carroll was featured in one of Ferrell’s “Funny or Die” videos , and he has been known to send the coach a friendly email after a big win. Tiger Woods & Darius Rucker Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images Tiger Woods may not have many friends these days in light of his…personal failings, but make no mistake: Darius Rucker has stood by him.

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EDT September 17, 2013 Searching her name comes with the highest chance of running into Internet junk, according to rankings by McAfee. In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, English actress Lily Collins attends the premiere of the film ‘Cazadores de Sombras, Ciudad de Huesos’ (‘The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones’) at Callao cinema in Madrid. (Photo: Abraham Caro Marin, AP) SHARE 29 CONNECT 33 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE If you forgot who actress Lily Collins’ famous dad is, you might want to think twice before entering her name into a search engine to find out. The daughter of Phil Collins tops McAfee’s list of Most Dangerous Celebrities to search for on the Internet in 2013. That’s a bummer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star, whose name apparently has a 14.5% chance of pulling up results that test positive for spam, adware, spyware, viruses or other malware. Uh oh. Canadian punk-pop princess Avril Lavigne, Gravity star Sandra Bullock, comedian Kathy Griffin and Star Trek Into Darkness actress Zoe Saldana rounded out the top five, so keep that in mind the next time you want to Google them. The only male in the top 10 is Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm , landing at No. 8. Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Adriana Lima and Emma Roberts join him in the bottom five of the list.

8 Great Celebrity Comebacks

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17, 2013 Monica Morgan/Getty Images After a tearful exit from the celebrity cooking circuit almost three months ago, Paula Deen is showing signs she’s set for a spectacular comeback, receiving a standing ovation in her first public appearance at a cooking demonstration in Texas over the weekend. A sniffly Deen told the cheering crowd she’d hit a “little rough patch,” referring to her admitted use of a racial slur , following which the 66-year-old Southern chef’s career deflated as swiftly as soggy souffle. First the Food Networking dropped her show, and then other companies subsequently cut off ties and endorsement deals with Deen that were reportedly worth millions. But Deen’s appearance in front of the approximately 1,400-strong crowd, who paid up to $400 each to attend the demonstration, signals that the disgraced chef’s career is back on the front burner. She begged for forgiveness and her fans have responded in kind, proving that when it comes to celebrities, America is the land of second opportunities. Here’s a look at more incredible comebacks by celebrities who fought their way back into the limelight. Michael Buckner/Getty Images Charlie Sheen Sheen’s dishonorable discharge from the CBS’s “Two and a Half Men” came around the time the 47-year-old actor suffered a very public substance-fueled meltdown in early 2011. Long known for his abuse of alcohol and drugs, Sheen appeared on interview after interview, spewing a string of bizarre rants about being a “warlock” with “tiger blood” and a “total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.” After years of lawsuits, battles with exes, claims of domestic violence, overdoses and arrests for assault and property damage, Sheen admitted in 2012 that he may not have been “winning” after all, saying that (another) stint in rehab helped him gain some perspective. It set the scene for his return to TV, with the new FX show, “Anger Management,” in which he plays a therapist opposite Selma Blair. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images Robert Downey Jr. The actor who made his film debut at the age of 5, rose to fame in the ’80s as one of the so-called “Brat Pack,” starring in “Less Than Zero” and “Weird Science,” among other movies, and as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live.” But Downey’s life-long battle with drugs became especially hard in the ’90s, and his habit eventually landing him in a California rehabilitation facility. After emerging in 2000, a likely comeback as Callista Flockhart’s love interest on the popular TV series “Ally McBeal” was thwarted when he was arrested two more times and fired from the show. But the Academy-award nominated actor has managed to finally kick his drug habit and has been welcomed back warmly by Hollywood and movie fans alike.