Top 10 most searched celebrities of 2012: Kate Middleton, Tulisa, Prince Harry. We clearly love a bit of nudity.

It's been a year of nudity and sex tapes in the world of celebrity.

The most searched celebs this year all had one thing in common: nudity. Copyright [Wenn]And it seems as a nation we love a bit of a scandal when it comes to our A-listers.

Kate Middleton (naked), Tulisa (sex tape) and Prince Harry (also naked) all feature in the top 10 most searched celebrities on Yahoo! this year.

Kate took the number one position on the chart. Copyright [Wenn]Prince William's wife K-Middy took the top spot from Cheryl Cole (who fell to third place) after she proved for another year that the nation are besotted by her hair, clothes and life.

But she was at the centre of an even bigger internet storm than usual in 2012 when topless photos of her sunbathing were controversially published online in September. Our interest in Kate isn't showing any signs of waning.

The real surprise new entry to the list, though, is X Factor judge Tulisa, who came from nowhere in 2011's round-up to take second place .

Cheryl landed at number three on the chart. Copyright [Wenn]Ex-N-Dubz star Tulisa not only enjoyed the fame from being the winning judge on last year's show with girlband Little Mix and bringing out her own solo material but she *cough* raised her profile *cough* when a sex tape of herself and a former boyfriend was released on the web.

It's been quite the year for Tulisa. [Copyright Rex]The fact she admitted it — and made her own video tape to tell the world it was her — only fuelled more searches.

Prince Harry is another famous face who was searched this year for X-rated reasons, when naked photos of him in Vegas were published online back in August.

Prince Harry may have been searched for all the wrong reasons. Copyright: [rex]He didn't feature in the list at all last year, but was the only other Royal to make the Top 10 this year - ousting Kate's sister Pippa Middleton by taking seventh spot.

Rihanna isn't exactly shy of stripping down for the camera. Copyright [Rihanna]And Bajan star Rihanna — who also likes to get naked and publish the evidence all over Twitter — also moved up a place in the list, whilst Kim Kardashian and THAT bottom moved significantly up the chart.

There has been no escaping Kim Kardashian this year. Copyright [Twitter]Boyband One Direction were a new entry after they cracked America this year, becoming the first UK group EVER to see their album go to number 1.

One Direction have become the biggest band on the planet. Copyright [Ben Riggott]And Holly Willoughby snuck into the Top 10 after Miss Willoughbooby added to This Morning and Celebrity Juice by hosting BBC One show The Voice in the spring — in a range of tight-fitting dresses.

Holly Willoughby snuck into the top 20. Copyright []Robin Gibb and Whitney Houston both featured in the list after they died this year.