Katy Perry, Kardashians Top Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating’

'X Factor' judge Simon Cowell, 'Modern Family' stars also make the cut.

The past 12 months were full of some interesting folks, and Barbara Walters has announced who made her annual list with “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.” So, who made the cut? The top seven released so far include the Kardashian family , who continue to captivate TV audiences and the rumor mill thanks to several TV franchises and their headline-making relationships (babies, divorce and everything in between).

Pop superstar Katy Perry also will be featured on the special. After releasing her album Teenage Dream last year, she managed to break chart records this year with hits like “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” and “E.T.” She also released several memorable videos and hit the road on her California Dreams Tour.

Wednesday night, Perry was nominated for several Grammy Awards , including Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her single “Firework.”

Simon Cowell also landed on the list. After leaving “American Idol,”
he launched the U.S. version of “The X Factor” this fall, reuniting with his former “Idol” pal Paula Abdul. Longtime Yankee Derek Jeter, TV personality/entrepreneur Donald Trump and Kate Middleton’s sister/royal wedding breakout star Pippa Middleton also will be featured on the special.

“Modern Family” onscreen couple Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet made the cut as well, bringing the list, technically, to 11. The #1 most-fascinating person, as well as the two other folks who made the list, will be announced on the primetime special December 14 on ABC.

Who’s on your list of the most-fascinating people of 2011? Share your picks below!