Niall Horan, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

One Direction singer among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

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According to a credible source, One Direction singer Niall Horan is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 25/11/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Horan 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 24-year-old singer, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Horan 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 ‘Irish Of The Year’ by some major Irish newspapers and even ‘Mullingar Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Mullingar (Niall Horan'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:

“#HoranPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 24 Nov 2017
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveNiall”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 24 Nov 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Niall Horan?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Nov 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Niall Horan?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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