Every December when Barbara Walters reveals her most fascinating person of the year, we either find ourselves nodding in agreement (Steve Jobs, 2011) or shaking our heads in confusion (Amal Clooney, 2014). Who will earn the coveted title this year? Top contenders include reality star-turned-presidential candidate Donald Trump, transgender icon Caitlyn Jenner and beloved artist Adele. Vote in our new poll below.
Seven celebs have already been announced as part of Walters’ new special, to air December 17 on ABC. They are comedienne Amy Schumer, four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, car wreck survivor Tracy Morgan, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, dancer Misty Copeland, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and fashion designer Donna Karan.
Two others will be added to the list in the coming weeks, while the most fascinating person will be kept a secret until the telecast airs. Our readers, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been debating this hot topic in our all-new, much faster and easier-to-navigate forums.
Read some of their comments below and then join the discussion in our forums after voting in our poll.
KyleBailey: I have a feeling Caitlyn Jenner is going to be her big winner or her favorite choice, Hillary Clinton, again.
CordellMartin: Let me guess Caitlyn Jenner or Donald Trump will be the most fascinated person . The other mystery person will probably be the Pope. Not understanding why Bradley Cooper is on the list.
Cinebear: My gut feeling for the past few months is her list may include Kim Davis.
CordellMartin: Some other possibilities: Jennifer Lawrence and Adele.
guesses: Just my guesses on the remaining three: Caitlyn Jenner, Paul Ryan, Pope Francis.
OnTheAisle: I say [Gold Derby founder] Tom O’Neil. He was bludgeoned to death on ‘American Horror Story’ and is the go-to guy for award probability and analysis. He may not look as good as Jenner in a dress, but he has better hair than Trump!
Trump Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC
Jenner Photo: Matt Baron/REX Shutterstock
Adele Photo: Brian J. Ritchie/Hotsauce/REX