Who is 2010's most intriguing person?
December 24th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Who is 2010's most intriguing person?

Every weekday, CNN takes a closer look at the news and the chatter dominating the global conversation to find the most intriguing people.

Whether it's because they've done something good or something bad, something unexpected or something that we just can't stop talking about, we need to know more about these people.

Sometimes, people make the list for things they've said (again, good or bad), and sometimes it's for a video that's surfaced from someone's past. Perhaps there's a story line that's as gripping as a blink-and-you-miss-it movie scene.

They're the people behind the stories that have you Googling endlessly to learn more. Who are they? Where did they come from? And why the heck is everyone around me asking if I know them?

They can be celebrities, politicians, innovators, company CEOs or sports superstars. And sometimes they may not be people you know well - but we think something they're doing just has to be highlighted. Whether or not they've been thrust into the limelight as part of a story (willingly sometimes, other times not), there were many occasions the most intriguing people were ones we hadn't even heard of before that day.

We narrowed it down to 20, and now we need your help to decide the top 10 most intriguing people of 2010.

Who do you think was the most intriguing of 2010? We've created an interactive so you can rank your top 10 by dragging the images on the right to the appropriate slots on the left. You've got until midnight ET Tuesday, December 28, to vote on CNN.com and share your list with others.

Then, you can tune in Thursday, December 30, to CNN. We'll be unveiling the top 10 list throughout the day. Stay tuned and check the site to see how your list compares.

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. r.greifenstein

    ASSANGE! JULIAIN. A true hero and significant person of the year.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phil

    I must be tired.
    I thought the link said "Who is the most scariest person of the year"?

    December 27, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Really???

    I nominate the woman who had the courage to walk into a fire station to give up her newborn daughter within hours of giving birth, so the baby could have a better life.

    December 27, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • alemap

      Yes, it was a noble thing to do..she gave the most precious gift of life to the child

      December 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. andrea

    Why isn't oprah on this list? My vote is for oprah 1st, then Obama, after those, in that order it does'nt matter.

    December 27, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert should have been on this list. Was CNN afraid that they would find out that both two comedians are more respected as journalist then the anchors on CNN?

    December 27, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmoke

    My choice would be THE REPUBLICANS. Not because of anything good that they did, but at the AUDACITY of shifting the blame onto OBAMA for the massive economic meltdown of which THEY were the main architects.

    December 27, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dee Dee

    I think losing Teena Maria and President Obama stuning turn around.

    December 27, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. krystal smith

    I think president Obama should win hands down.What more can u say .He knows how to handle himself like a stronge president should.O last but not least he is the first black president many people thought they never see the the day.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. cynthia

    Some of you people commenting here today are in need of therapy. Pres. Obama is most intriguing, then Elizabeth Smart. There really should be a list for evil but intriging. The likes of Mitch McConnel, Michael Vick, Sarah Palin, John Bohoener, Julian Assange, and the creep who wrote the child molesting book could all fight it out for first prize.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kay

    THE rent is to damn high!

    December 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Religion is Evil

    Have people forgotten how to form sentences? Jesus Christ it's like 3rd grade in this forum.

    On a side note, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been around for a number of years – read something other than People or US Weekly and you might get some education.

    I can't believe how many people are so against our President – he turned around a sinking ship without ANY support from across the aisle. Do you even realize the true state of our economy, wars, up hill battle, c*ck blocking, etc. that has been going on? Likely not, which is why middle class America continues to vote against their own self-interest.

    December 28, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    Stephen Pidgeon is the best

    December 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lifeinvegas

    You have start with a list of intriguing people to begin with. There I'snt one person on that list that I'd walk across the street to meet.

    December 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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