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ESSENCE POLL: Who's Your Favorite Breakout Star of 2012?

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Gabby Douglas
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What a year 2012 was from across film, music and sports!

Gabby Douglas stole our hearts and earned our cheers when she walked away with two gold medals from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Frank Ocean had music lovers swaying to his tunes from his Grammy nominated album, Channel Orange, and had us rooting for him when he came out of the closet. Other musical artists that kept us jamming this year include Elle Varner with her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect. And who could forget Miguel? His sophomore effort, Kaleidscope Dream, had fans raving from coast-to-coast with hits like "Adorn" and "Where's The Fun in Forever."

On the television and movie front, Terrence J proved he had what it took to branch off into movies with Think Like a Man and snagged a new job at E! News. And of course, Tamar Braxton became the new reality show queen—essentially stealing the spotlight on The Braxtons and landing her own show, Tamar and Vince. Not to forget, Hollywood newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis had us singing her praises in Beast of the Southern Wild.

So we ask, who was your favorite breakout star of 2012? If we forgot your favorite, mention him or her in the comments below.

QUESTION:
Who's your favorite breakout star of 2012?
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