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  Hometown Heroes
Where were your favorite music stars born?

By Sean Doorly

We all come from somewhere, and music stars are no different. We all call someplace home. Who knows, maybe you share the same hometown with Jessica Simpson or Britney Spears or Clay Aiken?

Before you take our quiz -- be like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and click your heels together and say, "There's no place like home." Trust us, it'll be more fun that way.


Quiz questions

1. Jessica Simpson was born in what big city?
New York City
Los Angeles

Jessica Ann Simpson was born on July 10, 1980 in Dallas. She attended J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, and was crowned homecoming queen twice.

2. What southern state does her hubby Nick Lachey hail from?

Nick Lachey was born Nov. 9, 1973, in Harlan, Ky. He later moved to Ohio where he graduated from the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

3. What southern capital city was American Idol star Clay Aiken born?
Raleigh, N.C.
Montgomery, Ala.
Nashville, Tenn.
Atlanta, Ga.

"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken was born on Nov. 30, 1978, in Raleigh. Here’s one from the weird fact files: Did you know that Clay is afraid of water? Which is ironic, because he sings a remake of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

4. What city in Alabama was American Idol winner Ruben Studdard born in?

Christopher Ruben Studdard, a.k.a. "The Velvet Teddy Bear," was born on July 14, 1978, in Birmingham, Ala.

5. Which Dixie Chick was born in Texas?
Emily Robison
Natalie Maines
Martie Maguire

Natalie Maines was born on Oct. 14, 1974, in Lubbock, Texas. You might remember that Natalie garnered international attention in 2003 when she told a London concert audience, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."

6. Memphis, Tenn., is the final resting place of Elvis, and the birthplace of what pop star?
Britney Spears
Justin Timberlake
Christina Aguilera
J.C. Chasez

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on Jan. 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tenn. Did you know that Justin lost on Star Search at the age of 4? "Cry Me a River" indeed.

7. Now you know Britney Spears was not born in Memphis, Tenn. -- so where <i>was</i> she born?
South Carolina
Los Angeles

Britney Jean Spears was born on Dec. 2, 1981, in Kentwood, La. Britney was a former member of the Mickey Mouse Club -- fellow members included Christina Aguilera, J.C. Chasez, Justin Timberlake and Keri Russell.

8. Who was born in our neighbor to the north, Canada?
Shania Twain
Garth Brooks
Dave Matthews

Shania, whose real name is Eileen, was born on Aug. 28, 1965 in Timmins, Ontario. The name Shania means, "I'm on my way" in Ojibwa. Her father was an Ojibwa Indian.

9. Who was born in New York City?
Alicia Keys
Michelle Branch
Vanessa Carlton
Nelly Furtado

Alicia Keys was born on Jan. 25, 1980 in New York City. As for the other ladies -- Michelle Branch was born in Flagstaff, Ariz., Vanessa Carlton in Mitford, Pa. and Nelly Furtado in British Columbia, Canada.

10. Which sunny state are the members of Creed from?
North Carolina
South Carolina

The boys from Creed all hail from Florida, "The Sunshine State." Scott Stapp was born in Orlando, Mark Tremonti in Fort Walton Beach and Scott Philips in Madison.