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What Made Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez So ‘Fascinating’?

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Barbara Walters' annual roundup of the pop culture, sports, and political figures she found most compelling -- the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 -- taught us "Jersey Shore" "star" "the Situation" made $10 million this year (gasp!) and Betty White still can do no wrong (adoring "aw" sound). A mere 20 percent of the list was comprised of figures from the world of music: Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez. We'd argue Kanye West had a pretty interesting year, but maybe the subtleties of "Runaway" were lost on Baba Wawa.

The J.Biebs segment launched with Walters intoning, "Baby, baby, baby, you have Bieber fever," proclaiming the teen star "the new Prince of pop" based on his four American Music Awards, two Grammy nods, new book, 3-D movie, and "the world's most famous haircut." But wait! The haircut is in peril! "I'm going to cut it, obviously," Bieber said. What's his take on fame? "I was basically flabbergasted." How does his mom punish him? "She'll take my computer or my phones." (That's phones, people.) What about the time he was caught canoodling in a Honda? "It just kind of happened. I think every 16 year old kisses a girl, so that's nothing out of the ordinary." What's the key to his success? Mom, friends, and God (in that order). Whose career would he love to emulate? "A mix between Prince and Michael Jackson." Fascinating? Not really. Miley Cyrus smoking a bong? Now that's good TV.

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The J.Lo segment kicked off with Walters intoning, "Actress, singer, dancer, judge, Jennifer Lopez." (Isn't it amazing how the word "judge" implies reality-TV talent scout rather than honored member of the Supreme Court now?) Then the hard questions began to rain down on the new "American Idol" cast member. Is she a diva? "I'm not a pussycat, but I'm a good girl." Can she be mean? "I can be honest, but I don't like being mean. I don't like when people are mean to me." What's the worst thing people have said about her singing voice? "Oh God, what haven't they said about my voice?" So true! "But then i had to realize, 40, 50 million records doesn't lie." Then she revealed the cover for her long, long, long-delayed 2011 disc "Love." And okay, fine, her eyelashes on that piece of art sort of qualify as fascinating.

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