The Top Ten of Everything 2011* (last years numbers in brackets)
1. FTSE (new entry)
2. National Lottery (#1)
3. Job Centre (#2)
4. Katie Price (#9)
5. Cheryl Cole (no change)
6. EastEnders (new entry)
7. X Factor (new entry)
8. Big Brother (new entry)
9. IPhone5 (new entry)
10. Kate Middleton (new entry)
With troubles in the Eurozone and a slow-growing UK economy, it looks like were interested in the markets as never before – sending searches for the FTSE to #1 in the most searched of 2011 list. Not even in last years Top Ten, this year it is number one by a significant distance searches for the FTSE were 3.4 times the number of searches for the National Lottery at #2.
Even in a year that saw the Royal Wedding, UK riots, the phone-hacking scandal and death of Colonel Gaddafi, celebrity still appears to interest us more than news, with Katie Price and Cheryl Cole both making the top ten for the third year running – ahead of all of these events and Kate Middleton, a new entry at #10. Despite claims of its demise, The X Factors popularity endures (#7).
Andy Williams, Yahoo!s Editorial Director said Our search data for 2011 shows that crisis and celebrity continue to fascinate Britons, with other news barely getting a look in.
He continued: The top three Yahoo! Searches of FTSE, National Lottery and Job Centre indicate a country worried about its economic future and dreaming of get-rich quick schemes.
He added: Our love-affair with celebrity even beats our respect for the monarchy our searches show that a real-life princess in the shape of Kate Middleton isnt as interesting as our reality royalty of Katie Price and Cheryl Cole
The Top Ten Celebrities (last years number in brackets)
1. Katie Price (#2)
2. Cheryl Cole (#1)
3. Kate Middleton (new entry)
4. Imogen Thomas (new entry)
5. Pippa Middleton (new entry)
6. Amy Winehouse (new entry)
7. Ryan Giggs (new entry)
8. Victoria Beckham (#6)
9. Kim Kardashian (new entry)
10. Rihanna (new entry)
Its the 3rd year running in the Celebrity Search Top Ten for Price and Cole, with the two reality TV stars striking a blow for the common (wo)man by ranking higher than both the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister, even in the year of a Royal Wedding and with all the attendant publicity about Pippa Middletons nearly-royal rear.
Though not reaching the heights of Price and Cole, the Duchess of Cambridge does manage to tally higher than her sister, despite a huge peak in searches for P Middy and her posterior following the Royal Wedding.
Julia White, Editor of Yahoo! omg! UK and showbiz expert said You might expect that having been crowned queen of Yahoo!s top searched for celebs last year, Cheryl Cole would be making way for a real life Princess this year. As it happens, she only made way for Katie Price showing that the British publics interest in ordinary celebrities still trumps royalty.
Cheryl Coles place at the top is particularly impressive as she is no longer appearing on X Factor. The public are clearly still captivated by her more so than any of the new judges, none of whom make the list!
Top Ten News Stories
1. Ryan Giggs superinjunction
2. Death of Amy Winehouse
3. Phone-hacking scandal
4. 2012 Olympics
5. Royal Wedding
6. Death of Gaddafi
7. World Floods (Dublin, Thailand, Australia etc)
8. Madeleine McCann
9. UK Riots (London, Birmingham, Manchester)
10. Death of Marco Simoncelli
Celebrity plays a big role in the years most searched-for news stories. The most searched for news story was the Ryan Giggs superinjunction, with more than five times the number of searches for the London riots. The cult of celebrity was also present in the tragic death of Amy Winehouse (#2).
Celebrity Couple Ryan Giggs & Imogen Thomas
Fashion garment Pandora Bracelet
Beauty product GHD Hair Straighteners
Fashion Label Next
Film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Leading lady Jennifer Aniston
Song Adele, Someone Like You
Politician David Cameron
Political news story Gaddafi
International news event Gaddafi
Premier League Footballer Ryan Giggs
Sporting Event Rugby World Cup
Soap Star Helen Flanagan
Reality TV contestant Amy Childs
TV star Holly Willoughby
Mobile phone iPhone 5
Car Nissan Qashqai
Car manufacturer BMW
Yahoo!s Year in Review uses Yahoo! search data to capture the people and events that made 2011. Celebrities, Scandal, News Events and much more can be found at: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/year-in-review/