Boy Band Makes Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating'

List also includes '50 Shades of Grey' author
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 9:10 AM CST
One Direction members, from left, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne perform on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Barbara Walters continues her trend of choosing some pretty fluffy people for her annual "Most Fascinating" list: Last year, the Kardashians, Pippa Middleton, Donald Trump, and Katy Perry made the cut; this year, she selected UK boy band One Direction, Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, Ben Affleck, and Seth MacFarlane. The other choices, which she announced yesterday on The View, are slightly more serious: Chris Christie, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, and Hillary Clinton. The year's most fascinating person will, of course, be announced when the Walters special airs Dec. 12 on ABC, the New York Post reports. (Read more One Direction stories.)

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