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Conan reveals results of his First Guest "Poll"

By Lisa de Moraes

Conan O'Brien's much ballyhooed Mystery First Guest tonight on the premiere of his new TBS late night show will be white-haired Arlene Wagner, proprietor of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in Washington

She "beat" 11 other "potential" (not really) guests on a poll at Conan's web site, The poll had asked fans to vote for their first guest of choice. The list included such names as Lady Gaga, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Justin Bieber, and Pope Benedict XIV.

On Nov. 3, Conan revealed online who were the non-starters, including Justin Bieber, who was eliminated because, Conan explained, while Bieber got a lot of votes it turns out Bieber has a concert that same night -- da dum dum! More of same hokum as Coco also cut Her Gaga-ness (costume objections) PUtin (didn't get the votes), etc., leaving the pretend three finalists: Jack Nicholson, the Sultan of Brunei, and the nutcracker lady.

Conan fans who still counts on their fingers and toes might possibly have been surprised when it was revealed the nutcracker lady would be his very first guest. On the bright side, her appearance is sure to be more amusing, though less over-the-top, than was Will Ferrell - the first guest on Conan's short-lived "Tonight Show" gig.

By Lisa de Moraes  | November 8, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
Categories:  Conan O'Brien  
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