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‘Tis the season to make “of the year” lists, and you can bet that Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) will be at the top of many of them. Need proof? Ian has made it to the final two in E! Online’s 2013 Celeb of the Year competition. Who is he battling it out against, and what can you do to ensure the he comes out on top? We’re not going to lie, TVD fans: This one is going to be a battle of epic proportions.

Ian is up against Tom Hiddleston (Loki in The Avengers series) for the coveted top spot, and he’s a fiercely worthy opponent. With his British charm, impeccable fashion sense, and killer dance movies, Tom has a massive fan following and has been dominating the poll thus far (kudos to you, Hiddlestoners). But we wouldn’t rule Ian out just yet!

The Vampire Diaries hottie may not have the same kind of international recognition, but his steely blue gaze, snarktastic charm, and real-life philanthropy has earned a passionate fan base. So passionate that Ian beat out Iron Man himself, Robert Downey, Jr., to advance to the final round. (Sexy vampires totally trump Iron Men.)

Ian isn’t a stranger to the Celeb of the Year tourno. Last year, he was the runner-up. Will that be his fate again? If you’d like to tip the scale in his favor, head over to E! Online to vote before 9 p.m. PT today (December 30). The winner will be announced Tuesday, December 31. Good luck, Ian! We’ll be rooting for you.

Who do you think should be crowned Celeb of the Year? Sound off in the comments with your pick. 

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!