Miley Cyrus performs at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Miley Cyrus performs at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Photo by AP
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Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25, 2013. Photo by AFP

Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Syria's Bashar Assad and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan: What do all these leaders have in common (other than having played crucial roles in shaping the tumultuous geo-political situation in the Middle East this year)? They're all falling short of American wild child Miley Cyrus in being voted Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

With 26.1 percent of the votes, the pop music sensation currently seems to be readers' choice for the person who most influenced the news in 2013.

Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is close behind, currently ranked third. Accomplishments in 2013? Playing a leading role in ousting Egypt's first freely elected president Mohammed Morsi in July, and serving as the country's deputy prime minister ever since.

In fourth place is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while Syrian President Bashar Assad is currently ranked seventh.

Edward Snowden - who blew the whistle on the NSA and jeopardized American diplomatic relations with China, when he first fled to Hong Kong, and Russia, who granted him asylum - is in fifth place.

It seems 2013 was a bigger year for Cyrus than she might have originally thought. After reaching stardom through her role on the Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" and spending the past few years undergoing a drastic change of image, shocking the world with her risqué wardrobe and provocative dance moves, it was in 2013 that Miley Cyrus became a household name worldwide after twerking in a flesh-colored bikini at the MTV video music awards, with particularly sexual choreography that involved an oversized foam hand.

From teen idol to "Can't Be Tamed," Cyrus would be an unorthodox choice for Time's Person of the Year. Her nomination would certainly mark a significant break from last year's results -- in 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama was named Person of the Year, with then-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who has since been ousted, as the runner-up.

Before considering the how and why of Cyrus' nomination, it is important to note that she has far from secured the award. The reader's poll voting closes at 11:59 P.M. on December 4, which gives readers another week to weigh in on who they think is worthy of the title. However, the readers' poll is merely a tool to gauge public opinion. Ultimately it is Time Magazine editors who pick "the person [who] most influenced the news this year for better or worse."

In addition, a pair of programmers is claiming to have rigged the poll in Cyrus' favor, by casting multiple votes for the superstar.