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Cheryl is new No1 ... in online search charts

Cheryl Cole scored a new number one today -- after topping a chart of online celebrity searches.

A study of mobile users' most searched-for stars revealed the X Factor judge's name was 40pc more popular than nearest rivals -- singer Miley Cyrus and Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson.

Cole, who recently split from soccer star husband Ashley, topped the list among Orange customers, the company's Orange Digital Media Index showed.

Her music is just as popular, with thousands of the erstwhile Girls Aloud star's tracks downloaded each month from the Orange Music Store, with her Fight For This Love beating New York sensation Lady Gaga and The Black Eyed Peas to top its download chart.

The video for Fight For This Love also topped the video download chart, beating the trailer for blockbuster Twilight: New Moon and The X Factor final.

Paul Jevons, Orange's director of products and services, said: "Mobile searches are a real barometer of fame and reflect the public's fascination with celebrities when on the move.


"With Britain's Got Talent on the horizon, the nation's other sweetheart -- Amanda Holden -- could well challenge Cheryl for the number one spot."

The Top 10 most searched-for celebrities were:

1. Cheryl Cole

2. Miley Cyrus

3. Robert Pattinson

4. Emma Watson

5. Amanda Holden

6. Vanessa Hudgens

7. Taylor Lautner

8. Danielle Lloyd

9. Billie Piper

10. Lindsay Lohan

hnews@ herald.ie