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American singer Miley Cyrus edged out model Miranda Kerr as the most-searched person on the internet in Australia in 2013 for users of Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Bing released data on top searches for 12 countries that showed web users want to know more about the entertainment world than most other sectors. Bing said Cyrus and Kerr were placed ahead of former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd.

In America, pop star Beyonce dethroned reality TV personality Kim Kardashian as the most-searched person.

While Beyonce outpaced Kardashian in the US, she was also number two in Britain, behind Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber. Britain’s number three searched personality was Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Barbadian singer Rihanna was the top-searched person in France, followed by Kardashian and Beyonce, the blog said. US actress and singer Selena Gomez was number one in Germany, edging Cyrus and Bieber.

Brazil, China, India, Japan and Spain favoured their own celebrities: the number one spot went, respectively, to actress Bruna Marquezine, actor Wen Zhang, actor Salman Khan, model Danmitsu and pop star David Bisbal.

In Italy, the Argentine-born television personality and host of Italia’s Got Talent, Belen Rodrguez, was at the top of the list.

In the United States, the top five most searched people of the year were all women, with only two men in the top 10 – Bieber at number six and President Barack Obama number 10.