Cheryl Cole is World’s Sexiest Woman (FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2010)

FHM has announced Cheryl Cole as the winner of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2010 poll. The Girls Aloud and X Factor judge eased into the top spot for a second consecutive year leaving actress Megan Fox in second place.

Winning the coveted Sexiest Woman in the World crown is yet another reason for Cheryl to celebrate. Since separating from her footballer husband Ashley in February she’s scored a new legion of male fans, racked up a number one single and album and is hotly tipped to be a judge on the US version of the X Factor.

Cheryl’s victory marks the first time a British star has won the prestigious accolade for two consecutive years. The only other Brits to take the title during the poll’s 16 year history are Keira Knightley (2006) and Kelly Brook (2005).

FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2010 sees a bumper year for home-grown talent, with four other Brits storming into the top ten. Saturdays favourite Frankie Sandford climbed 13 places from last year taking her up to fourth. She failed to challenge Cheryl to the crown but beat off competition from model Keeley Hazell who took fifth place for a second year.

Following a massive surge in the final stages of voting Kelly Brook shot up from 48th to reach seventh place. Abbey Clancy’s fans did her proud; the model has entered the top ten for the first time up a further two places from last year at number ten.

Twlight actress Kristen Stewart makes her debut at number six (the only new entry to grace the top ten) with her fellow cast member Ashley Greene in at number 20. Stunning Victoria’s Secret underwear models Marisa Miller and Adriana Lima took third and eighth places respectively.

While Frankie Sandford remains officially the hottest member of The Saturdays two of her fellow bandmates made their debuts as new entries. Irish beauty Una Healey ranked at a very respectable 19th with Rochelle Wiseman just edging in at 98. Neither Mollie King or Vanessa White featured in the top 100.

Sarah Harding is the second highest ranking Girls Aloud member again this year and her stint as a sexy St Trinian’s schoolgirl helped her jump over 50 places to 35. Nadine Coyle (59), dropped two places, while bandmates Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh were overlooked for a second year running.

Coronation Street trounced Hollyoaks and Emmerdale in the battle of the soap babes with Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) making her first entry in the top 100 at number 30. She beat off competition from Jennifer Metcalfe (40), fellow cast member Helen Flanagan (86) and Emmerdale actress Alice Coulthard (90).

Other newcomers include Gary Lineker’s new wife Danielle Bux, and Agent Provocateur model Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely. We also saw re-entries from newly-engaged Charlotte Church and Sienna Miller who both featured in the 2008 list but failed to register enough votes to rank last year.

Each 100 Sexiest poll throws up some unusual suggestions and this year was no exception. National treasure Delia Smith got a nod, as did drag queen Jodie Harsh, former Pop Idol Michelle McManus and even our very own monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Colin Kennedy, Editor-in-chief of FHM commented:

“With very strong showings for Frankie Sandford and hot newcomers like Twilight star Kristen Stewart, perhaps Cheryl should start looking over that perfectly sculpted shoulder. Or at least, showing a bit more leg.”

Check out the video below which features behind-the-scenes footage of Rachel Stevens, Pixie Lott and The Saturdays at the FHM photo-shoot as well as an interview with editor Colin Kennedy about why this is the definitive countdown when it comes to who’s hot in 2010!

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FHM 100 Sexiest Women 2010: Top Ten

1. Cheryl Cole (last year1)

2. Megan Fox (2)

3. Marisa Miller (42)

4. Frankie Sandford (17)

5. Keeley Hazell (5)

6. Kristen Stewart (new entry)

7. Kelly Brook (48)

8. Adriana Lima (6)

9. Jessica Alba (3)

10. Abbey Clancy (12)

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!