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Zimbio.com Announces 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples 2012!

Zimbio is pleased to announce the 2012 list of 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples. Rather than having our editors sit around a table and decide who’s hottest, we crunched some serious numbers. Couples were ranked using an algorithm that measures and calculates popularity, attractiveness, success, and staying power. Topping the list, for the second year in a row, was none other than Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z.

Here’s the metrics we used, and how we got to the numbers we did:

Popularity:  For this measurement, we examined overall search volume as well as internal Zimbio analytics.

Hotness: We crowd-sourced this quotient through a face-off style game on Zimbio.com. After 3,000+ votes, we had two pretty clear-cut winners.

Success:  Did one of the celebs launch a chart-topping album? Win an Oscar? Land a major endorsement? All these factors boost up couples in the ratings.

Staying power: To measure relationship shelf life, we gave positive value to years together, years married, number of children and major relationship milestones. The only way a couple could loose points in this category was for a break-up rumor. The more credible the source, the more points were deducted.

Below you can find the top 25 Hottest Couples. For a complete list of all of Zimbio’s 100 Hottest Celebrity Couples of 2012, including point breakdowns for each couple, head here.

1.    Beyonce & Jay-Z

2.    Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

3.    Victoria Beckham & David Beckham

4.    Prince William & Kate Middleton

5.    Gisele Bundchen & Tom Brady

6.    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

7.    Cristiano Ronaldo & Irina Shayk

8.    Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes

9.    Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

10. Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck

11. Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

12. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

13. Alessandra Ambrosio and Jamie Mazur

14. Orlando Bloom & Miranda Kerr

15. Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber

16. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

17. Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson

18. Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin

19. Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

20. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

21. Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis

22. Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale

23. Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem

24. Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman

25. Adriana Lima & Marko Jaric

For a more detailed explanation of how the scores were calculated, check out our nifty infographic.