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                                                         Carly Sakolove

If there's something we could do without, it's all those best-of lists everyone puts together this time of year. Time.com doesn't just have one list, it has 50, everything from Top 10 Political Gaffes (Martha Coakley ranks No. 7 for calling Curt Schilling a Yankees fan) to Top 10 Twitter Moments (whatever those are.) Sometimes, though, you discover something or someone new. Like Carly Sakolove. A Hingham native and Boston Conservatory grad, Sakolove is the voice behind a video montage of Broadway divas that's blowing up on YouTube. The clip, which is one of Time's Top 10 Talented Web Videos, is Sakolove doing pitch-perfect impressions of Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, and Liza Minelli, among others, while singing "Send in the Clowns." Sakolove, who lives in New York now, told us she posted the video in August and it quickly generated a lot of traffic on YouTube. "We were hoping for, like, 1,000 hits the first week and we got, like, 15,000." The 24-year-old performer said she's even been offered jobs by people who've seen it. "I just booked three nights, and I'll be including the divas," said Sakolove. Not bad. Take a look:

          

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