It’s that time of the year again, when Barbara Walters decides what exactly it means to be fascinating.
To make the list this year, it seems you either had to have a rebirth in your career, give birth to one of the most anticipated celebrity babies ever, or just simply be born. Walters announced nine out of the 10 spots for her annual special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year. The final and “most fascinating” spot is traditionally kept under wraps until the air date, this year on Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s a look at the list:
Jennifer Lawrence: The Hollywood darling won an Oscar and starred in one of the biggest movie franchises ever this year. She’s also incredibly likable and normal in a crazy business – that’s definitely fascinating.
Miley Cyrus: Say what you want about the Bangerz singer, this was her year. From the VMAs to the AMAs, Cyrus used every performance opportunity she had to prove that Hannah Montana is dead and isn’t coming back. (Cyrus was on the list already in 2008.)
Kimye: Anything that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West do seems to be fascinating, this year especially. Their baby name was inspired by a compass, they got engaged in a baseball stadium (and in front of TV cameras), and West continued his quest to prove he is the greatest in everything while everyone else was focused on proving that the Kardashians are the worst. What a fascinating combination. (West was on the list in 2005. The entire Kardashian clan was on the list in 2011.)
Prince George: I assume Walters didn’t get an interview with the most famous infant in the world, because that really would be fascinating.
The cast of Duck Dynasty: The fact that a show about a family of duck callers exists alone is pretty interesting. The fact that it has become such a smash hit is fascinating.
Diana Nyad: This year, Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. The fact she did it in her fifth attempt at age 64 is definitely fascinating.
Robin Roberts: The Good Morning America anchor returned to air in February after receiving a bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome, just five years after recovering from a public battle with breast cancer. The day Roberts revealed her illness on air, the National Marrow Donor Program experienced an 1,800 percent increase in donors.
Edward Snowden: The whistle-blower sure got a lot of people talking about the secrets in our country, even though he isn’t allowed in it anymore.
Pope Francis: The leader of the Catholic Church is redefining acceptance in his religion, and with such a powerful voice behind it, he is able to open up a lot more minds and help form a more accepting world.
This year will be the last special from Walters, who announced her retirement in May. The 21st edition will also feature moments from the past 20 years of Walters’ Most Fascinating People.
For those keeping track at home, noticeably absent from the list is a politician. Could someone in D.C. take the final spot?