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And The Top Earning American Idols Are…

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No William Hung this year??? LOLz.

Forbes has released their list of the Top Earning American Idols, and Carrie Underwood's got everyone else beat by A LOT! Wowsa!

Check out the list (below) to see how much your favorite Idols earned, before taxes, between May 2010 and May 2011:

1. Carrie Underwood – 20 million
2. (tie) Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry – 6 million
4. Fantasia Barrino – 4 million
5. Jordin Sparks – 3 million
6. Kelly Clarkson – 2.5 million
7. Jennifer Hudson – 2 million
8. Kellie Pickler – 1.8 million
9. Clay Aiken – 1.5 million
10. (tie) Katharine McPhee, David Archuleta, David Cook – 1 million

Runners-up for the list include Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox, and Ruben Studdard.

What do U think of the list? Which Idol do U think deserves to make the most $$$???

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21 comments to “And The Top Earning American Idols Are…”



  1. 1

    None of them deserve it except Kelly Clarkson. The rest suck.



  2. 2

    Who are these people again?



  3. 3

    Re: Princess8301 – And you wonder why everyone thinks Kelly Clarkson fans are dellusiona?



  4. 4

    Wow…did she ever get in shape….I suppose she received pressure from the music biz to get "hot" to sell records…when she was on american idol she was pudgy…still cute but not like this…Hope she knows she has a lovely voice either way and not to feel the pressure to be thin…



  5. 5

    I think it's crazy that out of all of those people only 4 actually WON! Then there are other winners like Reuben, and the guy with gray hair that didnt even make the lis. I guess it reeally doesnt matter if you win, necessarily!



  6. 6

    Love Carrie and love Kelly. Good for both of them! :)



  7. 7

    carrie underwood definitely deserves her spot at the top of the list. she is a huge country star and has an incredible voice. i was surprised that fantasia barrino made more than kelly clarkson and jordin sparks though. of course, i think kelly is just now coming out with a new album, im sure that will change it.



  8. 8

    Interesting that david Cook won over Davis Archuleta, yet they make the same amount/ Hmm.



  9. 9

    Re: Whathefuck – Nope, I don't really care why people I don't know think anything.

    Idol is a joke, none of the recent winners have done anything even close to what Kelly or Carrie have and the show is just going to keep losing steam until they finally take it out back and put it down once and for all, like should have happened seasons ago.



  10. 10

    Re: sanfran1 – Who says it was pressure? As a non famous person, I know I would like to be in top shape but I don't the resources or the time, Carrie Underwood on the other hand does.



  11. 11

    I love Carrie!



  12. 12

    Who the hell is paying Fantasia $4 million???

  13. barny says – reply to this


    13

    Re: Princess8301 – WRONG Carrie is without a doubt the better singer.To this day she still thanks A.I. whenever she wins an award.What has Kelly done in the past few years.her last album sucked.



  14. 14

    LEE DEWYZE-LEE DEWYZE-LEE DEWYZE!!!! HIS MUSIC IS ORIGINAL AND I HAVE MADE SO MUCH LOVE TO IT BE-TWIX MY THIGHZZZZZ!!! LOVE YA LEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!;]~



  15. 15

    Fantasia made $4 million? Doing what? Her National Geographic centerfold?



  16. 16

    carrie deserves it just for those legs!! DAYUM!!



  17. 17

    No shit. That one didn't even require research.

  18. sanaa says – reply to this


    18

    FUG



  19. 19

    4 of the Top 9 are from North Carolina



  20. 20

    Carrie, you go girl. Deserved every penny!!!! Only one from there doing a darn thing so you should be compensated for it!!!



  21. 21

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsGet.com