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'American Idol' tops Yahoo!'s list of the most popular search terms of 2004

UPI News Service, 12/27/2004 

"American Idol" was the most popular item for search engine Yahoo! in 2004, Billboard reported Monday.

The Fox network's talent competition also topped the Internet giant's list of top TV reality show searches. Another Fox reality star, Paris Hilton, held second-place honors. Coming in third was Jessica Simpson, with previous list-topper Britney Spears taking fourth.

Rounding out the top 10 were fictional wizard Harry Potter, wrestling franchise WWE, recording artist Usher, NASCAR, the NBA and the NFL.

Spears was the only year-end list maker to top a monthly list following her September wedding to Kevin Federline. Janet Jackson pictures topped the February list after her Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction."

"The 2004 results illustrate that while people follow scandals and heartbreaks, they also have other interests," says Yahoo!'s Nancy Evars. "Controversy rocked several of this year's top search queries, but sports searches also made the list thanks to the increase in popularity of fantasy sports and the surging demand for pro-sports statistics."

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