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George Michael has enjoyed a hell of a year.

His public persona was rehabilitated via constantly clever cameos on TV's "Eli Stone." His new CD "Twenty Five" -- celebrating his 25 years in the music biz -- is selling well. He made a guest appearance on the "American Idol" finale, singing "Praying For Time." And his first tour of the U.S. in approximately 300 years finally kicked off last week in California. (He stops in Tampa Bay on Aug. 2.)

So what is left for George to wish for when blowing out the candles today for his 45th birthday? (Maybe a better plastic surgeon? More reasonable rates on legal insurance? A 24-hour bail bondsman located near the London's McDonalds drive-through?)

I'd say George Michael is one of the biggest feel-good stories of 2008 -- for an 80s star or anybody really.

Top 5 George Michael tunes

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:35pm]


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