Pop singer Justin Bieber holds first place in TIME's reader poll for the year's most influential people, followed closely by Lady Gaga and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's former military chief who is now running for the presidency
Despite a rocky year for Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star surged to the top of the TIME 100 reader poll, edging out Egyptian Presidential candidate Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Though the final TIME 100 list of the most influential people of the year worldwide is always ultimately chosen by the editors, TIME seeks the input of readers in an online poll.
Music stars Rihanna and Lady Gaga take third and fourth place in the current poll, though Gaga has a clear lead. Benedict Cumberbatch, whose fans have come out strong on Twitter, has slipped to sixth place, just under Beyonce. On the same day that Orange is the New Black‘s season 2 trailer premiered, transgender actress Laverne Cox snuck into the top 10 above Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and pop star Katy Perry.
Polls closed at 11:59 p.m. on April 22. We’ll announce our official TIME 100 list on April 24.