The Top-Earning American Idol Star Is ...

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Forbes has released its annual list of the top earning American Idol stars, and Carrie Underwood leads the whole field by leaps and bounds.

In fact, the country star earned so much more than any other Idol, the top four money-makers after Carrie barely eclipse her total combined.

Below is the list of top Idol earners from May 2010-May 2011. Note the lack of the last three winners of the competition from the top 10 ...

Carrie Underwood at the Golden Globes

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


I hated lambert. He really isn't all that famous either. I rarely hear a song from him or anything about him. Carrie underwood has been most succesful without a doubt. I think jennifer hudson should have been number 2. Shes more amazing than any of the rest. Carrie underwood had more than 3 hits she has had SEVERAL hits and has won SEVERAL awards and she did it because she is a great singer, not because "the media made her"


No surprize here, carrie has been promoted in US music awards, media, ect, everywhere! ( I love her , don't get me wrong) But if adam lambert had half the publicity- well to me the rest is history!! Waiting for his 2nd album, there is NO better talent out there!!! Carrie's great, but adam is a international star already he will surpass her by 10 times over and them some!!! for non- followers he has alot more hits than WWFM- carrie basically has 3 and been at it along longer in the music media than adam!


im a no 1 fan of SELENA her so much
lets check the list..
Carrie is ok..jenifer is much better..anyways know what 22nd july is selena's bday..ya its yesterday..
i wish god bless her..


Or Jennifer Hudson...:-)


I'd like to see the overall earners. I'm sure it is still Carrie but bet Kelly Clarkson would be #2. either way good for all I guess.


Wow I thought with all of his hits Daughtry would've been WAY above Lambert, who's had one hit...I thought he'd be closer to Underwood

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