Dec. 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM ET
What do the president of Syria, Pope Francis and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz have in common with Miley Cyrus and Edward Snowden, the American fugitive who leaked thousands of classified documents to the press?
They’re all among the top 10 finalists for Time’s Person of the Year, the magazine revealed Monday on TODAY.
The iconic title ultimately will go to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has, for better or worse, had the most impact on the world and the news for the past year.
This year’s short list includes a wide variety of finalists, from heads of state to Cyrus, who ranked high in the weekly magazine’s public poll.
“Power is not just political. It can be cultural, it can be spiritual,” said Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor. Cyrus “came in like a wrecking ball, literally” she said, referring to the entertainer's hit song and the risqué video that continued to keep her in the public spotlight. "At a time when you’re living with an explosion of exhibitionism since we all now carry cameras with us at all times, she is a symbol of the way we live.”
Time will announce Wednesday who it selected as 2013 Person of the Year on TODAY.
Last year, the magazine selected President Obama as the Person of the Year after he won re-election to the White House with more than 50 percent of the popular vote. Obama also made it to the short list for the 2013 title. The other candidates are, in no significant order, as follows:
Who do you think should be Time’s Person of the Year for 2013?