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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Justin Bieber tops Kim Kardashian as most-searched person of 2011 - Los Angeles Times

<div readability="87.3278829604"> <p><img alt="Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c630a53ef015393c18157970b" src="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef015393c18157970b-600wi" title="Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian"/></p> <p>Justin Bieber has overtaken Kim Kardashian as the most-searched person in 2011, according to the search engine Bing.</p> <p>Looks like Kim just can't get a break.</p> <p>Kardashian was the queen of search last year, but the combination of Bieber's My World 2.0 Tour, hit concert movie "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," "Saturday Night Live" hosting job, Christmas album,  romance with Selena Gomez and the little matter of the now-pulled paternity suit over Mariah Yeater's baby were enough to push him to the top spot.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Kardashian launched a new reality show, "Kourtney and Kim Take New York," got married and got divorced. It was quite a lot, but not enough to stop Bieber fever.</p> <p>Several notable names dropped out of the top 10 this year, including Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. But President Obama may have fallen the furthest. In 2010, was the No. 5 most-searched person. In 2011, he was No. 49.</p> <p>Two people who got huge boosts in 2011 were Gomez, who went from No. 50 to No. 11 (thanks, no doubt, to all the Bieber-smooching) and Jennifer Lopez, who wasn't in the top 50 last year and is now fifth.</p> <p>Although Amy Winehouse's death was the fifth most searched-for news story for the whole year,  Winehouse herself did not make the top 10 most searched-for people.</p> <p>Women did very well in 2011, however. Although Bieber was the No. 1 person and musician, the rest of the top 10 in both categories were women. Additionally, Chelsea Handler beat out Conan, Dave and Jay to be the most searched-for late night talk show host. And all of the top 10 reality stars were women.</p> <p>Strangely, the most searched-for movie was not the final "Harry Potter" or "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," but Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." The dominance of the fourth movie in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise makes one wonder if Bing is the preferred search engine of either the Church of Scientology, or animation fans (it's directed by animator Brad Bird).</p> <p><strong>RELATED:</strong></p> <p>Kim Kardashian made a big fat Christmas card mistake?</p> <p>Justin Bieber discusses his DNA test (and we help explain the moustache)</p> <p>Kim Kardashian's Thanksgiving mission to help those in need -- with potatoes</p> <p>-- Patrick Kevin Day</p> <p><em>Photos: Justin Bieber and </em><em>Kim Kardashian</em><em>. Credits: Valerie Macon / Getty Images, left; Donald Traill / Associated Press.<br/></em></p> </div>

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