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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez: After a nine-year absence, Jennifer Lopez reappeared in Top Searches in 2011, when the singer-actress became a judge on "American Idol." This year included a new movie, tour, album, and beau. (David Wolff-Patrick/WireImage)

Year in Review 2012: Top 10 Searches

Chalk up another one for the voter: People may have been wearied by the negative campaigns, but they persevered through the slog of politics and made "elections" the year's most searched term. The fifth iteration of an Apple smartphone, a glorious gathering of athletes, the passing of a superstar, and a bevy of celebrities—including one duchess—also mesmerized online audiences in 2012.