Cheryl Cole is most searched for celebrity

Cheryl Cole is the most searched for celebrity and music star online, while her separation and subsequent divorce from husband Ashley Cole was the most searched for celebrity scandal

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Cheryl Cole is the most searched for celebrity online.

In 2010, the 'Promise This' hitmaker was the most popular celebrity and music star as well as the fifth most popular search term in total on Yahoo!.

She is four places up on last year, and beats Katie Price into second place. Her divorce from her husband Ashley Cole - who allegedly had multiple affairs - came top of the list of most searched celebrity scandals.

Other showbiz personalities to make the list included Lady Gaga, who went up to third from six last year and Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham, both new entries.

Megan Fox was up from tenth last year to seventh spot, while Justin Bieber and Katy Perry also made the top 10 most searched for celebrities.

Other popular scandals included Mel Gibson's alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and George Michael's prison stay.

Yahoo! Year in Review:

Top Ten Celebrities:

1. Cheryl Cole (#4)

2. Katie Price (#3)

3. Lady Gaga (#6)

4. John Terry (new entry)

5. Angelina Jolie (new entry)

6. Victoria Beckham (new entry)

7. Megan Fox (#10)

8. Justin Bieber (new entry)

9. Peter Andre (new entry)

10. Katy Perry (new entry)

Top Ten Celebrity Scandals:

1. Cheryl and Ashley Cole's quickie divorce

2. Mel Gibson investigated over domestic violence claims

3. Footballers playing away

4. Vernon Kay's sex texts

5. Good boys go bad - Ronan Keating and Mark Owen caught cheating

6. George Michael goes to prison

7. Joaquin Phoenix's nervous breakdown hoax

8. Bad girls.. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and various encounters with the law

9. Hollywood divorces

10. Roman Polanski sex abuse scandal

Top Ten TV Shows:

1. 'Big Brother'

2. 'EastEnders'

3. 'The X Factor'

4. 'Dancing on Ice'

5. 'Doctor Who'

6. 'Coronation Street'

7. 'Britain's Got Talent'

8. 'Home and Away'

9. 'Glee'

10. 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Top Ten Music Stars:

1. Cheryl Cole

2. Lady Gaga

3. Justin Bieber

4. Katy Perry

5. Rihanna

6. Britney Spears

7. Kylie Minogue

8. Beyonce

9. JLS

10. Lily Allen

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Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole performs pop and dance-pop to promote her album A Million Lights.

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