Posted: Jan 31, 2013
Topping Forbes new list of top-earning American Idol contestants is the hit show’s first-ever winner Kelly Clarkson.
From May 2011 to May 2012, Kelly raked in a whopping $8 million. Rocker Chris Daughtry shares the No. 2 spot with Carrie Underwood, both of whom brought in $5 million.
Fellow country winner Scotty McCreery has the third-highest Idol paycheck with $4 million, while Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks round out the Top 5 biggest money makers with $3 million and $2 million, respectively.
Also earning some big ones is Adam Lambert ($1.5 million), Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler ($1.1 million each) and David Archuleta and David Cook ($1 million each).
Season 12 of Idol, featuring new judge Keith Urban, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.