I'm totally disappointed with the YouTube app. My searches usually end up with 3 videos none of which are what I was looking for. A black eyef peas search had five results. ***
I agree. Not sure why I can sometimes stay in Safari when searching. I wish I could figure out what triggers that annoying app.
Try the m.youtube.com site. It looked mostly useless to me, until I started playing with the icons that appear at the top right of the page.
Seems a bit more functional than the app.