According to Bing.ca searches, 2012 was a year of celebrity fascination, baby fever and heartbreak. Last year Canadians were “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” putting Kim Kardashian one up on homegrown sensation Justin Bieber. In 2012 Bieber came out on top, securing the most-searched celebrity spot. From the celebrity grind, to scandals and one hit wonders, Bing captured 2012 through the searches that mark the year’s most fascinating people, sensations and moments in time.
To coincide with the release of U.S. search results for Bing.com (available at http://www.BingTrends.com), here are top search results for Bing.ca based on Canadian queries. The results detail Canada’s top 10 most searched people, celebrity couples, viral videos and consumer electronics.
Not all fun and games, 2012 was also a year of heartbreak. The late, great Whitney Houston secured the most searched musican spot. And celebrity couple break ups from the likes of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson also captured Canadians’ interest, if not their sympathy.
Most-Searched Person of the Year
In a strange reversal, last year’s top celebrities in Canada and the U.S. switched spots. In 2011, Canadian Justin Bieber topped the U.S. list, while American Kim Kardashian reigned supreme here in Canada. This year Canadians embraced their own, putting Bieber on top and demoting Kardashian to third place, just behind the newly engaged Miley Cyrus.
In 2011 Canadians celebrated her royal wedding. In 2012, we blushed when her royal assets were captured by papparazzi. The controversy helped the ever-popular Duchess of Cambridge make the top 10 list two years in a row. Missing from the list is the royal’s sister Pippa Middleton and pop princess Britney Spears. Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox and Kanye West stayed out of trouble and off the list in 2012.
Top Searched Celebrities
Joining Miley Cyrus as newcomers to Canada’s top celebrity list was Bieber’s main squeeze Selena Gomez, performers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift and actress Kristen Stewart, whose on-again, off-again romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson rocked the tabloids and placed them in the number two celebrity couple list, just behind the imploding TomKat.
Other highlights included:
- Viral Videos: Carly Ray Jepsen’s hit single, Call Me Maybe took the number one spot for viral videos of 2012 – well ahead of reality star Honey Boo Boo and Psy’s Gangnam Style.
- Baby Fever: Celebrity events were dominated by baby bellies with Jessica Simpson’s baby birth taking the number one spot.
- Retail Therapy: Canadians are watching U.S. retailers make their way across the border, including number one ranked Target
Other Top Search Results
Top Celebrity Couples
- Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
- Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
- Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber
- Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
- Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
Top Clothing Brands/Retailers Coming to Canada
- J Crew
- Tory Burch
- Whitney Houston
- Justin Bieber
- Selena Gomez
- One Direction
- Taylor Swift
Top Celebrity Events
- Jessica Simpson’s baby
- Whitney Houston’s death
- Kate Middleton’s nude photos
- Jennifer Garner’s baby
- Kourtney Kardashian’s baby
- iPhone 5
- Windows 8
- Viral Videos
- Call Me Maybe
- Gotye, Somebody that I used to Know
- Honey Boo Boo
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– The Bing Canada Team