Celebrity Weekly Cover Analysis: Which Will Be The Big Winner?

09/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

People, OK!, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star and Life & Style each feature a unique cover story topic - and that has not happened in quite a while.

Let's dive right in and take a closer look at each cover. And, let us know which one you think will be a big seller and which cover will tank!


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Farrah Fawcett finally gets her full People Magazine cover. (As we all know, Michael Jackson died suddenly the same day Farrah passed away - which made it impossible for Farrah to get her own tribute cover at the time.) To make this cover newsy, the magazine interviews Farrah's best friend Alana Stewart and promises details about the star's stormy life -- and her brave final fight. Will this approach work? Vote HERE!

OK! Magazine* features Jessica Simpson declaring she still loves ex-husband Nick Lachey - and is using John Mayer to make Nick jealous. This cover marks the second week in a row Jessica is the main cover star for OK! Last week, the magazine featured her diet and fitness regime. Now the magazine is focused on her personal life. Will readers want to know more about Jess' love life? Vote HERE!

Ed Swiderski is cheating on Bachelorette Jillian Harris reports the new Us Weekly. This cover continues the trend of Us Weekly featuring alleged cheating scandals (LeAnn Rimes/Eddie Cibrian, Gosselins). The big question for Us Weekly this week is whether or not the newsstand buyer will care enough about the Bachelorette to buy the issue. It's worth noting Jillian did not receive a full-cover when she selected Ed - which means editors did not feel she was a bankable cover star. But - now? Vote HERE!


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In Touch Weekly features an exclusive interview with Jon Gosselin and he says "I'm Tired of Being Blamed." Did you notice the dramatic tone shift?The magazine is featuring a "sympathetic" Jon story - despite all of his recent antics. At the same time, Kate is portrayed as the villain. For example, the magazine points out Kate uses the children to get more air time. Will this approach work? Vote HERE!

Star Magazine
says Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are in trouble and their family is falling apart. With inset photos of Brad drinking and standing next to an unidentified woman -- plus Shiloh holding her head in agony, the magazine is banking on these photos to sell trouble in the land of Brangelina. Did they succeed? Vote HERE!

Life & Style ** features a full-cover on morning chat show host Kelly Ripa - who says "I Don't Need a Boob Job!" Traditionally, magazine covers in the celebrity weekly space focus on stars doing something, e.g. "I Got a Boob Job," or planning on doing something, e.g. "I'm Getting a Boob Job." The new Life & Style cover bucks that trend. Will it work? Vote HERE!

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Which cover do you think will be a big seller this week? Which cover won't sell? Sound-off below in the comments section!

*Mark Pasetsky is an editorial consultant for OK! Magazine. **Mark Pasetsky is the former editor in chief and general manager for Life & Style.