Cheryl Cole.
Cheryl Cole.

Cole named biggest celebrity shock

CHERYL Cole's US 'X Factor' hiring and firing has been voted as the most "OMG" moment of the year to date.

The 'Promise This' hitmaker - who was unceremoniously sacked from the TV talent show by music mogul Simon Cowell after just four audition rounds - also topped the chart for shocking fans with an unexpected reconciliation with cheating ex-husband Ashley Cole in July.

After the brunette beauty reportedly got back together with the England and Chelsea soccer ace - who she divorced in September 2010 - searches for her name on Yahoo! increased by some 20 per cent when compared with the same period last year.

Pippa Middleton came in second place on the Top 10 OMG! Moments Chart for causing a worldwide stir when she sashayed down the aisle of London's Westminster Abbey in a silhouette-enhancing Sarah Burton gown at her sister Kate's wedding to Britain's Prince William on April 29.

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Also among the 10 most shocking celebrity incidents of 2011 so far was the sudden death of Amy Winehouse - who was found dead at her home in Camden, North London, on July 23 - Kim Kardashian announcing her engagement to Kris Humphries and Victoria Beckham giving birth to baby daughter Harper Seven last month.

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Yahoo's Top 10 OMG! Moments of 2011

1. Cheryl is dumped from US X Factor. OMG! Cheryl reunites with love cheat Ashley: Double whammy of unexpected news from Cheryl sees her searches on Yahoo! increase by 20 per cent compared to last year.

2. Pippa Middleton puts princess in the shade: Following the wedding, Pippa STILL receives more searches on average on Yahoo! than her sister to cement her place in omg! moment history.

3. Katie Price divorces Alex Reid: The pair who met at Michelle Heaton's 30th birthday party called it quits 11 months after their quickie Las Vegas wedding.

4. World stunned by the death of Amy Winehouse: The Brit and Grammy award-winning singer's untimely death caused searches for Amy Winehouse and her music to spike off the charts.

5. Ryan Giggs' affair with Imogen Thomas revealed: Yahoo! searches for the footballer and ex-Big Brother contestant increased by an incredible 1900 per cent as the gagging order was lifted and scandal broke.

6. Waity Katie finally gets her prince. Kate confirmed her celebrity status charting above super star wedding guests the Beckhams.

7. Lady Gaga wins international video of the year. Gaga bucks the trends once more as the only celeb to make the top 10 for her 'day job'.

8. Kim Kardashian gets engaged. Details of the proposal and the rumoured cost of the ring were key questions among searchers on Yahoo!

9. Megan Fox is replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on 'Transformers': Fox, who has previously held the crown of sexiest woman at the top of the celeb charts, has new competition in the form of British Victoria's Secret model Huntington-Whiteley.

10. Victoria [Beckham] finally gets her girl.

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