At 20 Watts, we were pretty shocked to hear the news that Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. In fact, some of us *coughmanagingeditorRikkiSchneidermancough* got pretty emotional. Hey, that’s what happens sometimes when you work at a music magazine. We’re a passionate bunch.

But we’re also focused. And we’ve decided to work together to tackle the topic at hand: who are we going to #ReplaceZayn with? Here’s who we’ve got.

Lyndsey Jimenez: “Hillary Clinton.”

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Jackie Frere: “Kris Jenner.”

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Sam Hanken: “Based God. Swag swag.”

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Joey Cosco: “The Hamburger Helper hand.”

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Jane Depgen: “[Famed Syracuse University Professor] Joan Deppa.”

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Adam Gendler: “Morgan Freeman.”

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Jake LiBassi: “Definitely Morgan Freeman.”

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Jake LiBassi again: “Or Elmo.”

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Erin Singleton: “[Famed Syracuse University Chancellor] Kent Syverud.”

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Phil DeCicca: “Kim Jung Un.”

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Katie Canete: “John Stamos.”

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Tiffany Gomez: “Patchy the Pirate.”

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Mikey Light: “MC Ride [of Death Grips fame.]”

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Rikki Schneiderman: “He’s irreplaceable!”

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Photo illustrations by Jane Depgen