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Barbara Walters has begun leaking some of the names that are included on her 2012 ’10 Most Fascinating People of the Year’ list.

It should come as no surprise that Babs, and the rest of the female population for that matter, have been gazing with new eyes on ‘Argo’ star Ben Affleck.

From a political perspective, the co-host of ‘The View’ is currently smitten with New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Television celeb Seth McFarlane, of ‘Family Guy’ fame, is on Barbara’s list, as is Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas.

For 50 Shades of Grey groupies, you’ll be happy to know that author E.L. James is someone who fascinates the 83-year-old television journalist. Tripping her musical trigger is British boy band One Direction.

That leave three open slots … two of which will undoubtedly be revealed prior to this year’s television special. Walters will remain mum on her top pick until show time. Any guesses?

‘Barbara Waters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year’ will be broadcast Dec. 12 on ABC.

In case you’re curious, we’ve included BW’s top picks going all the way back to 1993. We found it interesting that her 2010 hero has quite rapidly fallen out of favor:

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