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Honey Boo Boo is on Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating" list

Kristyn Burtt is an IAWTV award-winning host and entertainment reporter. She currently hosts the recap shows for "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" on AfterBuzz TV and for "True Blood" on GeekNation.

the 7-year-old was a big newsmaker in 2012

Honey Boo Boo is added to Barbara Walter's "Most Fascinating" list for 2012, joining other already-named celebrities like Ben Affleck, Governor Chris Christie, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

HoneyBooBooMostFascinating2012Barbara Walters has added another celebrity to the "Most Fascinating" list. Brace yourself, because this pint-sized star has made waves throughout 2012 for her catchphrases and her reality show charm.

Us Weekly is exclusively reporting that Honey Boo Boo, also known as Alana Thompson, joins the ranks of Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as one of the biggest newsmakers of the year.

The 7-year-old first came into the spotlight in the TLC show, Toddlers & Tiaras. She became such a breakout star that the network gave Thompson's entire family their own reality show. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo became a summer ratings sensation, and it even beat the Republican National Convention broadcast back in late August.

Walters already knows that her pick will cause some controversy. As she told Us, "A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5- or 6-years-old entering beauty contests.' But the relationship between Alana and her mother — that's the story, the two of them. It's very touching."

The family continues to make news with Thompson's teen sister Anna having a baby with three thumbs to cousin "Crazy" Tony getting arrested last weekend for reckless conduct, while dressed as a gorilla.

Some of America can't seem to get enough of the grade-schooler, while others, like The Voice judge Adam Levine, called the TLC show, "The decay of Western civilization," in a recent GQ magazine interview.

However, the legendary broadcaster seems enchanted with the family. She told Us, "Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She's sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters… It'll make you smile."

If you are dying to see Walters' interview with Honey Boo Boo, check out the ABC special on Dec. 12.

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