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Wednesday
Dec142011

Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' Special Airs Wednesday

ABC/DONNA SVENNEVIK(NEW YORK) -- Who was the most fascinating person of the year?  Viewers will learn the answer Wednesday night, when ABC airs Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2011.

The 19th edition of Barbara Walters' special will include profiles on former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, the Kardashian family, Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, The X Factor judge Simon Cowell, Donald Trump, pop star Katy Perry, Kate Middleton's sister Pippa Middleton, and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.  The identity of the most fascinating person will be revealed at the end of the 90-minute special.

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2011 airs at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Exclusive: Paula Abdul Wanted Me, Simon Cowell Says

Todd Williamson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Simon Cowell says that he and Paula Abdul “didn’t like each other” when they began together as judges on American Idol.

“I mean, the truth was, on the first two seasons, we couldn’t travel on the same plane together,” he told Barbara Walters for The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.  “We really disliked each other that much.”

He attributes the friction between them to “sexual tension…on her part.”

“You think…Paula Abdul wanted you?” Walters asked.

“A million percent,” he laughed.  “I considered it, but then I thought, I don’t think the after would be as good as the before.”

Cowell joked that he wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning with Abdul: “I’d let her stay for a few hours, but then it would have to be goodnight.”

Cowell has since hired Abdul as a judge on The X Factor, and says their relationship has changed for the better.

“We obviously like each other, and I think you can see that,” he said.

Watch ABC's Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Kardashians to Be Featured on Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People'

Scott Kirkland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You might not find the Kardashian family to be fascinating, but Barbara Walters apparently does.

The Kardashians will be featured on the TV special, Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.

USA Today reports the special will also feature Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, along with Simon Cowell, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, singer Katy Perry and Britain’s Pippa Middleton.  Walter’s number one “Most Fascinating Person of 2011” will be announced on the show.

The ABC special, now in its 19th season, will air at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 14.

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