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PARIS HILTON VOWS TO BE MORE ANNOYING IN 2005

Takes Aim at Britney's "Most Annoying' Crown

One day after singer Britney Spears was named the Most Annoying Celebrity of 2004, hotel heiress Paris Hilton congratulated the pop tart on her victory but served notice that she intends to retake the title in 2005.

"Britney had a very annoying year and deserves credit for that," Ms. Hilton said, "but I will do everything in my power to be more annoying in 2005."

Behind the gracious facade, however, Ms. Hilton was huddling with top advisers to determine "what went wrong" in her quest to grab this year's Most Annoying crown.

"Paris thought that she had all her ducks in a row to be the most annoying person on the planet," said one confidant. "No question about it, heads are going to roll."

Jonah Donnelly, an analyst who tracks irritating celebrities for Credit Suisse First Boston, said that Ms. Spears' two marriages in 2004, one of which lasted only 55 hours, made her "virtually impossible" for Ms. Hilton to best this year.

"Paris' sister Nicky was briefly married this year, which did help make Nicky slightly more annoying, but at the end of the day it did almost nothing for Paris," Mr. Donnelly said.

Going forward, he added, both Ms. Hilton and Ms. Spears may face a stiff challenge next year from up-and-coming annoying celebrity Lindsay Lohan: "It may be time for them to pass the torch to a new generation of vapid attention-seekers."

Paris Hilton wondered "what went wrong" in her quest to grab the title.

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