Len Goodman, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Len Goodman among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Len Goodman is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the dancer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 29/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Goodman 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 76-year-old dancer, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Goodman 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 dancer have already been named ‘English Of The Year’ by some major English newspapers and even ‘Bromley Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Bromley (Len Goodman's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#GoodmanPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 28 Oct 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveLen”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 28 Oct 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Len Goodman?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Oct 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Len Goodman?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?

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