So maybe TIME takes into consideration the level of notoriety versus genuine merit, because this next list of prospects might raise some eyebrows.
Aside from the newly appointed Pope Francis and President Barack Obama (who garnered the coveted title in 2008 and 2012), Syria’s President Bashar Assad, and gay rights activist Edith Windsor are also among the top 10 picks.
Even “twerk” enthusiast, Miley Cyrus made the cut.
As Managing Editor, Nancy Gibbs, said on the TODAY show on Monday morning, TIME’s “Person of the Year” will be announced on Wednesday, December 11th. ‘Til then, here are the final 10 contenders (in alphabetical order):
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist