It's the list we've all been waiting for. Barbara Walter's 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 has just aired on TV. A few surprisingly fascinating figures were not on the list including Prince William and wife Kate, Casey Anthony, and Hillary Clinton.
Barbara Walters presented the “10 Most Fascinating People” Wednesday night, a production meant to highlight the year’s most prominent names in entertainment, sports and pop culture. The TV news and interview icon has been announcing the awards since 1993, and the show has garnered much praise and popularity, consistently resulting in its place as one of the highest rated specials of the year.
The Christian Post reports that the filming for the special began all the way back in September, with the Kardashians the first to be interviewed. Walters, in an appearance on David Letterman's "The Late Show", told him this about her choice of the Kardashians,
“We said, ‘anything going to happen?’ ‘No, no, no, you can do it now because nothing’s going to happen.’ Then Kim gets married. Then Kourtney gets pregnant. Then Khloe’s moving to Dallas. You cannot trust the Kardashians,”
But Walters also said the Kardashians have other attractions as well.
“They’re pretty woman, they’re glamorous and they don’t know private from public. And they’re part of a family – one for all and all for one – that people relate to.”
Other list-makers include New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter, royal sister Pippa Middleton, X Factor host Simon Cowell, and business tycoon Donald Trump. Letterman questioned Walters about Trump.
“Because whatever you think of him, the man is fascinating. The day after someone else is elected, Donald Trump is still going to be saying that he’s the candidate. You know, he’s all over the place.”
As for Simon Cowell, the special gave audiences a look at his home, with Barbara narrating,
“with its fountains and its ring of fire all around. He’s claustrophobic, You’d be surprised, and what he has to say about Paula Abdul will make you laugh. It may not make her laugh, but it’ll make you laugh.”
Others on the list include Katy Perry, Amanda Knox and Herman Cain.
So who was Barbara Walters' pick for the first place most fascinating person? A man who recently passed on.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Walters called it a shocking choice for her because as she explains it, her rule has always been that the “Most Fascinating People” have to be living. But when Jobs announced he was retiring last summer, she said she knew he would be her pick, even if he died. When he did pass, she decided to keep him on the list because, much like Jobs believed, “rules were made to be broken.”
Given that many assumed he wasn’t eligible, the pick of Steve Jobs turns out to be quite unexpected. But, on a list that includes Pippa Middleton and Donald Trump, it’s reassuring to see that the MOST fascinating individual is someone whose contributions will be felt long beyond 2011.