Jackman tops ‘armrest buddy’ comp

THEY may be heroes of the stage and screen but would you want to sit next to them on an aeroplane?

To coincide with its FriendTrips Facebook competition, Expedia asked Australian Facebook users which home-grown and international celebrities they would most like to sit next to on a flight.

Australian actor, Hugh Jackman, proved to have the broadest appeal across all age groups, genders and geographical Australian locations, and was voted the most popular Aussie celebrity with just under one in five (18%) selecting him as an ideal flight partner.

Unsurprisingly, the heartthrob was the number one choice for women with one in four (25%) votes. He lost the male vote, coming equal second with Kylie Minogue (10%), to another much lauded beauty, former Miss Universe, Jennifer Hawkins (15%). Unsurprisingly, only two per cent of females said they wanted to sit next to 'Hawko'!

Australian comedians were a common choice for younger Aussies with 43% of 18-24 year olds choosing a comedian (either Hamish Blake, Andy Lee or Wil Anderson). Hamish Blake was a clear winner with just under a quarter (23%) of votes with 18-24 year olds and approximately one in five (19%) of 25-34 year olds.

Domestic celebrities that Australians would most like to sit next to on a plane

 

Overall

Men

Women

1

Hugh Jackman

Jennifer Hawkins

Hugh Jackman

2

Hamish Blake

Hugh Jackman

Hamish Blake

3

Jennifer Hawkins / Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

On the international front, Richard Branson was the number one pick with 15% of the vote. He was number one for males (17%), beating Barack Obama in second place (12%) and Angelina Jolie in third (11%).

Talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, clearly resonates with women, winning 18% of their votes. She also has universal appeal appearing in the top three choices across all but one of the age groups.

An unexpected appearance was actor, Johnny Depp, in second place with 12% of the overall votes. He was number one choice (16%) for 18-24 year olds who will most likely know him from the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He also came second (16%) for women and was almost three times as popular as Brad Pitt (six per cent). His broad appeal also extended to 45-54 year olds with one in five (20%) choosing Depp.

At the bottom of the votes pile was Tom Cruise and David Beckham (two per cent each). Other stars that didn't rank highly include Kim Kardashian and Will Ferrell (three per cent each) and Charlie Sheen (four per cent).

International celebrities that Australians would most like to sit next to on a plane

 

Overall

Men

Women

1

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Oprah Winfrey

2

Johnny Depp

Barack Obama

Johnny Depp

3

Oprah Winfrey

Angelina Jolie

Richard Branson

"The celebrity choices reflect what Australians have also told us they look for in a travel partner," said Dacey Nicoletti, online brand marketing manager of Expedia.

"We want to chat with the person sitting next to us on a plane and potentially be entertained. This is more likely with the stars that scored highly who are largely considered down-to-earth, open and agreeable."

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