Kelly Clarkson Tops Forbes’ List of Top-Earning American Idol Contestants; See Full List

Kelly Clarkson has had a fabulous time lately. The singer got engaged last year, sang at President Obama’s inauguration, totally live we might add, and now, has been named as Forbes’ top-earning American Idol contestant.

The magazine compiled earnings for all Idol alum from May 2011 to May 2012, and the original Idol champ came out on top for taking home $8 million.

Here are the top 11 Idol money makers for the same time period:

1. Kelly Clarkson, $8 million
2. Carrie Underwood, $5 million
3. Chris Daughtry $5 million
4. Scotty McCreery, $4 million
5. Jennifer Hudson, $3 million
6. Jordin Sparks, $2 million
7. Adam Lambert, $1.5 million
8. Katharine McPhee, $1.1 million
9. Kellie Pickler, $1.1 million
10. David Archuleta, $1 million
11. David Cook, $1 million

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