One Direction, ‘Fifty Shades’ Author Among Most Fascinating People of 2012

Who else made Barbara Walters' annual list?

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Barbara Walters on the Feb. 9, 2012 episode of "The View."

If you didn’t pay attention to anything at all during all of 2012 up until the very moment you clicked on the link to this post, have no fear: Barbara Walters will, for the 20th time, fill you in. This morning the TV personality announced in a press release that her annual interview special, Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012, will air on Dec. 12 and unveiled some of the shortlist for the most-fascinating title, the winner of which will be announced on-air.

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The ten luminaries featured will include:

  • Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • Gymnast Gabby Douglas
  • Actor/Director Ben Affleck
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Boyband One Direction
  • Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane

That’s only seven people—how does it feel to be one-fifth of a person, One Direction?—so who do you think should round out the list? (Word to the wise if you plan to make a nomination in the comments: according to Rolling Stone, one of the only hard and fast rules to make the list is “no criminals.”)

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