It's true that more serious entrants such as Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Gabby Douglas are on the list, but still: Honey Boo Boo?
Honey Boo Boo, nee Alana Thompson, 7, appears with her family on TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." That show is a hit, and a spin-off of the show "Toddlers and Tiaras," about young beauty contest entrants.
Walters defended her choice, saying it was not a boo-boo (pun intended). Speaking of the reality show, she said:
It's a love story [the bond between Alana and her mother, June]. It's a very sweet, loving story.Still, Honey Boo Boo, fascination?
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.
[In addition] Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She's sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters [Jessica, Lauryn and Anna]. And now Anna has a new baby, and the baby has [three] thumbs -- but so what? It'll make you smile.
The full list will be revealed on Barbara Walters' ABC special, which airs on Dec. 12 at 9:30 p.m. EST / PST.