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Following last night's surprising American Idol elimination, only six contestants remain on Season 12.

And those super six were given a front row seat last night to everything they could ever want to be, as one of the most successful show alums returns to perform her latest single.

Yes, Carrie Underwood stopped by American Idol, looking as beautiful as ever, sounding as great as ever and growing as emotional as possible.

I have such love for this show,” said the singer. ”I’m gonna cry."

But she held it in and amazing us all with a version of "See You Again."

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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

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Lauren Alaina may not have won American Idol last night, but the aspiring country star earned a pretty solid consolation prize: she got to sing in front of millions with her own idol.

Indeed, Carrie Underwood returned to the stage that made her famous and teamed up with the young singer for a fun duet of "Before He Cheats."

While Lauren is talented, and hopefully has a long career in front of her, it's amazing to watch the difference between this finalist and an experienced artist such as Underwood. It's impossible not to notice the contrast in voice and swagger between the performers below.

Then again, Alaina is only 16. She may get to Carrie's level someday...

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Not unlike how Haley Reinhart sang Lady Gaga, Lauren Alaina picked an atypical song from a current powerhouse chart-topper last night on American Idol.

With Carrie Underwood's "Flat on the Floor," Lauren sounded more energized than she has in weeks. For all intents and purposes, she channeled Carrie well.

"Lauren, that is the direction for you!" Randy says. "This direction I agree with 100 percent.. I thought it was amazing." The "sky's the limit," Steven added:

Her throwback to yesteryear was "Unchained Melody." It's her parents' song, she says, and Sheryl Crow notes that the song requires a lot of maturity.

It does, but Lauren Alaina was ready. No wonder she's made it to the top five - and we have to imagine the top four after this evening's results show.

Watch her sing the Righteous Brothers classic below ...

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No offense to Beyonce, Kanye West or any other sharp-dressed star, but in the opinion of The Hollywood Gossip, Carrie Underwood owned the Grammys.

In terms of celebrity fashion, that is. Although she also won a real award - Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Before He Cheats." Hooray!

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But from the moment she arrived at the Pre-Grammy Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday (left) to when she took the stage at Staples Center for the awards show Sunday in Los Angeles (right), Carrie looked great.

That's certainly no surprise to American Idol followers such as ourselves or any of Carrie Underwood's country fans. Here are some photos of our girl ...

Carrie Underwood's Grammy fashion gets an A+ both Saturday and Sunday.

The 24-year-old, who has already sold more than 11 million albums, has also been offered some acting roles of late, but nothing she's taken.

"I'm not going to say what I turned down," she said Saturday. "We have had some offers for different things, but nothing has really felt right."

Her dream movie: A light-hearted comedy.

"I know I am not going to be the lead roles in some drama," Carrie Underwood said, "but if a small fun part comes open, than yes."

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Don't worry, Carrie Underwood, we haven't forgotten about you!

As we sing the praises of new American Idol hopefuls - such as Kady Malloy and Michael Lee Johns - we still have time for our favorite contestant of all-time.

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Check out Carrie's video for her new song, All-American Girl:

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We can only hope finalists from the upcoming season of American Idol provide us with as much news - and beauty - as Katharine McPhee and Carrie Underwood.

We're sad to report, though, that McPhee has parted ways with RCA after just one album, a 2007 self-titled CD that debuted at #2 on The Billboard 200.

The album has sold just 366,000 units in the U.S. Fortunately, Katharine still has Nick Cokas to go home to every night. We think she'll bounce back.

Meanwhile, Underwood has finally come clean about her relationship with Tony Romo. In the latest issue of Women's Health - which Gossip Girl star and current Carrie boyfriend Chace Crawford may wish to avoid - the singing sensation says:

"He was not my boyfriend and we were never dating. The more I screamed ‘We're not dating!' the more headlines claimed that we were a couple or that I was crying because he was out with another girl. We're really good friends, we hang out a lot, and we're close… well, friends smooch occasionally."

We wonder how Jessica Simpson feels about this.

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Carrie Underwood may have relied on her natural singing talent to win American Idol, but the blonde bombshell has to work hard in order to maintain her figure.

"I'm slightly obsessive-compulsive about what I eat, more than I should be. I write down everything I eat," Underwood says in the latest issue of Glamour. "I started doing it last year. And in the last year is when I've gotten more healthy and lost weight."

She's also gained a pair of men in that time: Tony Romo, with whom Underwood had a brief affair; and now Gossip Girl star, Chace Crawford. It doesn't sound like either ate any meat while on dates with the singer:

"I don't think I could kiss someone after they ate a hamburger 'cause they would probably taste like it, and that would gross me out," she said.

Meanwhile, Carrie will join Keith Urban on a 24-city tour that kicks off in January. She'll be packing her talent - and a whole lot of luggage!

"I have a giant makeup case, more makeup than any girl should have in her lifetime."

Amy Winehouse might wanna borrow some of that.

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This piece of celebrity gossip would fit right in on an episode of Gossip Girl. It appears that American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is single again - and the reason is the wandering eye of her most recent boyfriend, Chace Crawford.

Carrie Underwood and Chace Crawford have been spotted together on numerous occasions this fall, and have smiled and gushed about each other in interviews.

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But, according to the New York Post, things unraveled because several weeks ago, Crawford was seen making out with some blonde - who wasn't Carrie Underwood.

Carrie Underwood may have to act out some of the scenes her "Before He Cheats" music video if these rumors of Chace Crawford's recent cheating are proven true.

Sources suggest this mystery blonde may have been Katrina Bowden.

Then, last Wednesday night at New York City's Beatrice Inn, Chace and his cute Gossip Girl co-star, Leighton Meester, were seen sucking face - and this didn't involve a scene for their CW series, on which they are boyfriend and girlfriend.

THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP NOTE: That would be the same Big Apple locale Heath Ledger allegedly bagged Lindsay Lohan at. That's all we've got.

We'll have more on this story as it develops. All we have to say for now is that we are here if you need us, Carrie. You just need a nice, normal guy who will commit to you... not these Chace Crawford / Tony Romo players. Jerks.

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We'll get to our take on last night's American Idol auditions in a moment. First, pleasant news for a former winner of the reality competition:

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Carrie Underwood took home album of the year, top female vocalist and best video honors at the Country Music Awards last night. This can only help her standing in the rivalry with Season One champion Kelly Clarkson that The Hollywood Gossip staff is attempting to instigate.

Other winners on the night included Kenny Chesney, who took entertainer of the year for the third year in a row and said "it never gets old." Also, 17-year old Taylor Swift earned buzz with her performance of her hit "Tim McGraw."

But enough about established stars. What about the wanna-bes?

The three finalists performed a trio of songs each on American Idol last night. Melinda Doolittle continued to perform consistently with her strong vocals, but concerns remain about her lack of mainstream appeal. Don't her attempts at sex appeal and sass come off as contrived?

Blake Lewis, meanwhile, kept the girls screaming with takes on modern day hits such as Maroon 5's "This Love." As fun-loving as he is, though, Blake doesn't possess the actual singing talent of an American Idol champion.

Then there's Jordin Sparks. She can sing ballads, she can take it up-tempo, she's as complete as any contestant in the history of the competition.

With a week to go until the finale, the young beauty has our vote.