Yahoo Top Searches of 2012: Kim Kardashian Tops Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez


Kim Kardashian was  hot on Bing in 2012 has she landed in the top celebrity position, ousting last year’s winner, Justin Bieber.

Yahoo turned to  reveal its top searches of 2012. On Dec. 3, a company spokesperson revealed what people were searching for and talking about this past year. The new list proves that people can’t get enough of celebrity newsmakers. “This list represents the daily search habits of millions of users and as you can tell, we are celebrity obsessed once again,” Yahoo rep Heather Cavert said on “GMA.”

The new iPhone 5 was the top-searched gadget on Yahoo in 2012.




Since 2001, Yahoo has published its list of top annual searches. TV star Kim Kardashian from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” topped the list as the most searched celebrity on Yahoo. She beat out Kate Middleton, who made a splash at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kate Upton from “Sports Illustrated,” Whitney Houston, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Lopez from “American Idol.”

Top Yahoo searches of 2012:

  1. Election
  2. iPhone 5
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. Kate Upton
  5. Kate Middleton
  6. Whitney Houston
  7. Olympics
  8. Political polls
  9. Lindsay Lohan
  10. Jennifer Lopez

According to Yahoo, this is only the third time that a news story landed in the top position. In 2012, the election was the top search. The iPhone 5 landed in the number two position, falling from #1 in 2011.

In comparison, here were the top Yahoo searches of 2011:

  1. iPhone
  2. Casey Anthony
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Jennifer Lopez
  6. Lindsay Lohan
  7. American Idol
  8. Jennifer Aniston
  9. Japan earthquake
  10. Osama bin Laden

Celebrity newcomers in 2012 include Kate Upton, Kate Middleton and Whitney Houston, who died on Feb. 11, 2012. TV show “American Idol” was hot in 2011, but not so much in 2012. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have replaced Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler and the buzz about the revamped show isn’t great. Season 12 premieres on Wednesday, Jan. 16.


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