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Honey Boo Boo joins Barbara Walters's 'Most Fascinating People' list

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Barbara Walters has revealed that she has named Honey Boo Boo one of her 'Most Fascinating People' this year.

The 7-year-old beauty queen will join people including Hillary Clinton and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas on the list, Us Weekly reports.

Alana Thompson aka Honey Boo Boo from 'Toddlers and Tiaras'

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Barbara Walters

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Explaining her decision, Walters described the TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo as a "love story", adding: "It's a very sweet, loving story."

"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'," Walters acknowledged. "But the relationship between Alana and her mother - that's the story, the two of them. It's very touching.

"Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She's sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters."

Honey Boo Boo has picked up fans including Miley Cyrus and Rosie O'Donnell, while her show has been renewed for a second season by TLC.

However, The Voice coach Adam Levine recently unleashed a scathing criticism of the series, describing it as "the decay of Western civilisation" and "complete f**king ignorance".

The full list of Walters's 'Most Fascinating People of 2012' will be unveiled in an ABC special on December 12.

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