London: Tulisa Contostavlos beat off strong competition from the Duchess of Cambridge and knocked off teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, to become the most searched-for celebrity of 2012.
Kate came second while last year’s no.1 Bieber landed in at 5th position, a leading daily has reported.
Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries by search engine Bing, it was revealed that Prince Harry was the UK’s sixth most-searched person behind Cheryl Cole and the late Whitney Houston.
Robert Pattinson, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile round out the top 10.
Gold medal-winning cyclist and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Victoria Pendleton took the top position in sports, followed by sprinter Usain Bolt and gold medallist tennis star Andy Murray.
Stricken footballer Fabrice Muamba was the 4th most searched sportsperson, with heptathlete Jessica Ennis in 5th place.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s on-off relationship made them the most searched celebrity couple.
‘EastEnders’ beat reality TV rivals ‘Big Brother’ and ‘X Factor’ to become 2012’s most searched TV show.
Bing UK Director of Search Dave Coplin, said, “Every year, the Bing search results give us a unique insight into what and who is top of mind for Brits.”
“It’s always fascinating to see which celebrities have had the biggest impact on Britons throughout the year, and of course it’s no surprise to see that the 2012 Olympics and Olympians have captured our hearts and minds after such a golden summer,” he added.
2012’s most searched people are:
1. Tulisa Contostavlos
2. Kate Middleton
3. Cheryl Cole
4. Whitney Houston
5. Justin Bieber
6. Prince Harry
7. Robert Pattinson
9. Kim Kardashian
10. Jimmy Savile