Sarah Palin, Kate Gosselin Lead 2009's "Most Fascinating People" List

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A couple of strong women and (mostly) popular figures, Kate Gosselin and Sarah Palin, lead Barbara Walters' list of the 10 Most Fascinating People of the year.

For better or worse, the reality TV mother of eight and former governor / V.P. nominee are certainly fascinating. You just can't look away from what they do.

Same is true of car wrecks on the other side of the highway, but no matter. Few get people talking like Kate and Sarah - or a certain new big name in music.

Controversial American Idol alum Adam Lambert, whose music and sexually charged performances make him a tabloid staple, is another member of the list.

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Adam, Sarah and Kate: Three of 2009's Most Fascinating.

Singer/rumored hermaphrodite Lady Gaga, annoying NFL star Brett Favre, Tyler Perry, and Fox News personality Glenn Beck made the top 10 of '09 as well.

Perhaps the most intriguing inclusion? Jenny Sanford, the wife of philandering South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, will also be interviewed by Barbara Walters.

The special, Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009, airs on ABC December 9. Who is your most fascinating person of 2009?

The way things are going lately, we'd think Rachel Uchitel and Jaimee Grubbs would be in a dead heat for the #1 spot, with Levi Johnston a close second.

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how on earth does brett favre get labeled 'annoying', but kate gosselin and sarah palin don't?! 'strong & popular' may be somewhat true, but if they both get labeled that, then annoying should be up there just as well for them!!

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Groan...slim pickings, for sure. I find intelligent, inspirational, loving, compassionate people the most fascinating. I'm just saying...

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Fascinating?
How about controversial... With the exception of Tyler Perry, Jennt Sanford and to an extent, Sarah Palin...what could possibly be fascinating about 2 semi porn music makers, a TV hungry mother of 8 and a scare mongering and irresponsible political critic?
Couldn't Barbara find 10 decent people in the world, who actually did something good in the world?

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Fascinating is the exact term to describe Adam Lambert as a person, and as a phenomenom.

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Trying to please all sides, she has fallen short.....while stayin neutral, she has betrayed both sides, lol.....her list is a bipartisan fiasco, lol....this is what will never happen, children.

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That's it? That's what WE GOT??? How sad...Babs time to pack it in I think... I love my Mom, but these two moms are boring!

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Barbara has lost it, and seriously needs to retire