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American Idol

Which American Idol Alums Earn the Most?

Forbes magazine has compiled their yearly “Top Earning American Idols” list, and surprise surprise, Carrie Underwood has once again taken the crown. She ain’t America’s sweetheart for nothing! We admit a couple names did surprise us, mainly Clay Aiken and David Archuleta. Despite the fact that both parted ways with their labels in the past year, they came in at #9 and #10, respectively. Maybe there really are more closet Claymates out there than we thought?

Here’s the “Top Earning American Idols” list in full:

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

Source: Forbes