Every year Barbara Walters produces her ‚Äú10 Most Fascinating People of 2009‚Äù list.
I checked out the nine list-makers ABC released. While some meet the definition of fascinating (of great interest or attraction; enchanting; charming; captivating: a fascinating story; fascinating jewelry.) others fall short.
The winners (in no order)
Despite your politics Palin deserves to be on this list. She is the first female to be on a major party political ticket. She came out of nowhere to the top of the Republican party.
If I didn‚Äôt put him on my winners list my old friend, Mr. Jim Orr, would be upset. I guess he does have a best-selling book and a top television program. He also isn‚Äôt afraid to stir up a little bit of controversy and explain things as he sees them, whether advertisers are on board or not.
I love Lady Gaga. She can write, play and sing her own music. She is the Madonna of this generation. While her costumes and performances are a bit out there she keeps everyone guessing. And that makes you fascinating.
Michael Jackson‚Äôs children
The late King of Pop‚Äôs children burst onto the scene after their father‚Äôs passing. They grew up being raised by one of the most influential performers of his generation. But Michael went to great lengths to shield, or may I say mask, his kids from the public eye. If Barbara sits down with the kids and talks to them about life after the media circus they experienced after Michael‚Äôs passing, it could make for a fascinating interview.
Tyler Perry is one of those people who can do it all. He can act, write and produce, which he does in nearly all his films and television shows. His movies grossed nearly $400 million. While he is not on top of my winner list I do find him fascinating.
On the fence
I can‚Äôt imagine it is easy to be the wife of a politician. I also can‚Äôt imagine it would be easy to publicly deal with your husband‚Äôs infidelities. Not too many people knew Sanford until S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to an affair after he was MIA for a few days. He betrayed the woman who was not only his wife, but also managed several of his successful election campaigns. She handled the public situation with grace and has managed to stay out of the limelight the best she could under the circumstances. But I am not sure if that alone makes her fascinating.
In case you live under a rock with no access to television or the Internet, Kate Gosselin of John and Kate Plus 8 is a divorced mother of 8. She and her ex John had a reality show on TLC that followed their brood around. The series has since ended ‚Äî something about John not biting the hand that fed him and hanging out with super dad Michael Lohan.
People have become fascinated with the Gosselins every move since their watched their kids grow and marriage implode on television. Why, I don‚Äôt know. It does provide some great clips for one of my favorite shows ‚Äî The Soup.
But that doesn‚Äôt make Kate fascinating. She is a single mom that made a boatload of cash parading her children on television. Personally, I am pretty sick of the John and Kate drama.
Most people didn‚Äôt even know who he was until he kissed another dude on the AMA‚Äôs. But the kiss has nothing to do with him making my loser list. He was the first loser on American Idol. He just released his first album, but I cannot pinpoint anything he did to make the world a better or more fascinating place, except cause a little controversy. Coming in second place on a reality show doesn‚Äôt cut it for me.
If you didn‚Äôt guess he was on my loser list you must not know me. In my opinion he is just a loser in general. This ‚ÄúI‚Äôm retired‚Äù ‚ÄúNo wait‚Äù ‚ÄúYeah retired‚Äù ‚ÄúNo I am going to play for the rival of the team that made me a star.‚Äù Just stay retired already. I have no respect for you as a quarterback.
I am ‚Äúfascinated‚Äù to see the mystery 10th person. Perhaps a future blog topic.
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