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Posted at 8:05 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Barbara Walters names her most fascinating person of 2010. And it's not Lady Gaga

By Jen Chaney

Lady Gaga in a meat dress: not fascinating enough for Barbara Walters. (AP)

As of last week, it seemed obvious that Lady Gaga would be named Barbara Walters's most fascinating person of 2010.

She hadn't already been mentioned among the eight previously released names on Walters's list. Given all the media attention surrounding her this year, she seemed like a lock.

So it was surprising last night when Walters announced this year's winner and it turned out to be...

Gen. David Petraeus?

Clearly Petraeus, who became the lead commander of the war in Afghanistan earlier this year, has a far, far more important job than Gaga or pretty much anyone else on the list.

And that's exactly why he seemed like such an odd choice. It was almost as if Walters felt a need to choose someone respectable to recover from having used the word smush during an interview with the "Jersey Shore" cast earlier in the hour.

Seriously, look how the final list of fascinating people plays out: Justin Bieber. Cast of "Jersey Shore." Betty White. Mark Zuckerberg. Kate Middleton. Jennifer Lopez. LeBron James. Sandra Bullock. Sarah Palin. And ... Gen. David Petraeus.

As they used to say on "Sesame Street," one of these things is not like the others. Also, it should be noted that no one on this list wore a dress made entirely out of meat on a semi-legitimate awards show. And that should disqualify at least a couple of these people.

Do you think Petraeus was a good choice? Should Gaga -- or someone else -- have been deemed most fascinating instead? Vote in our poll to voice your opinion on this clearly life-altering matter.

By Jen Chaney  | December 10, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
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Barbara Walters is so irrelevant.

Posted by: pras40 | December 10, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

You want to know who's fascinating? Liz's baby, Desmond. That kid is fascinating.
Also her cat and her dog. Again fascinating. There are questions about them in the chat EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. You know why? 'Cause they're fascinating. That's why.
There's never been a question about General Petraeus in the weekly chat. End of story.

Posted by: pras40 | December 10, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Phew - I was definitely expecting it to be the Biebs.

Posted by: mrsdorkusmaximus | December 10, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

What if General Petraeus had told Babs that, if chosen, he would refuse to be on the show or otherwise participate in the charade? Now THAT would've been fascinating!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 10, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Lady Gaga is the most fascinating person of the year and last year!! 367 Sold OUT CONCERTS all over the WORLD....pretty much proves that!

Posted by: tweep | December 12, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

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