Pink-stained wretch The New York Observer spent the last two days gawking at New York's most beautiful single men and single women in media. The editors of the soon-to-be broadsheet made slideshows, or "Power Lists," of the 50 most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes on the New York media scene. At the beginning of July the paper made a Power List of the most powerful couples in media. The New York Times' Brian Stelter and CNBC's Nicole Lapin made the power couple list in July, and then broke up in time for both to make their respective sex's lists. The other selections are hard to argue with. All are young, beautiful, and successful. One selection, though, raised the eyebrows of the staff at The Village Voice's Runnin' Scared blog: Nikki Finke.
Finke is the founder and driving force behind Deadline Hollywood, and known for her secretive nature. There are no known recent pictures of the Hollywood industry media mogul. One of The Daily's first major scoops was a maybe-it-is or maybe-it-isn't photo of a lady suspected to be Finke. Someone so secretive stood out in a list of party-hopping young people. The slide describing her power bachelorette eligibility:
Do you enjoy low-maintainence companionship that doesn't require constant coddling or, really, any coddling at all? What, you thought we were joking? Ms. Finke's been notoriously single since her days as a freelancer-cum-socialite in New York City. She's now rarely seen and still maintains herself as a powerful source of Hollywood scoops long after lesser power-bloggers or journalists would have burned out. Problem, though, is that she doesn't get out much. That's okay: charm her enough, and you may be one of the few lucky individuals to hang out with her in person and get a feel for her very strong...personality. Also, if you're a masochist, step right up: Being screamed at over the phone by Ms. Finke is something every media journalist should aspire to experience at least once. Some roses, they have thorns.
Voice blogger Rosie Gray called Ms. Finke on Tuesday afternoon and asked if she even had any idea she made the list. She was the very last entry on the (unordered) Power List. She was unaware she made the list, but found it amusing, and a little flattering. Whether or not she's a bachelorette or not is up for debate. She wouldn't clarify the point for The Voice. "I don't even know what to say," she told Gray. "It's hilarious and it's ludicrous. Let's just say I never thought the words Nikki and bachelorette would ever be used in the same sentence. What the hell is wrong with people?"