You know I am surprised that BOTH the Contestshipping and Advanceshipping fandoms are still going.
Its been like 5 years since AG ended, May's been gone for ages (other than the Wallace Cup), and the two ships about her still have tons of new fanart, fanfiction, and AMVs posted almost every week.
This is why I never understood how people thought May was being forgotten. I thought it was always obvious that May had one of the biggest fan followings of all the female protagonists, likely because she was the first new main girl and she was the reason Contests became popular in the show in the first place.
Even though I did like Dawn too, I honestly don't think she ever did reach May's level of popularity, at least outside of Japan.