Bill Kaulitz, TIME's Person of the Year 2016?

Tokio Hotel frontman among finalists for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Tokio Hotel frontman Bill Kaulitz is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2016. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 25/05/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Kaulitz for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 26-year-old singer, as a 2016 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Kaulitz so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the singer have already been named ‘German Of The Year’ by some major German newspapers and even ‘Leipzig Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Leipzig (Bill Kaulitz's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the singer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Bill Kaulitz Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 24 May 2016
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBill”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 24 May 2016
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bill Kaulitz?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 May 2016

Could 2016 officially be the Year of Bill Kaulitz?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2016 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016?

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