Kelly Clarkson Ranks No. 1 on Forbes' List of Top-Earning American Idol Contestants

The singer pulled in $8 Million from May 2011 to May 2012.

By Peter Gicas
|  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013  |  Updated 10:35 AM PDT
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Kelly Clarkson Ranks No. 1 on Forbes' List of Top-Earning American Idol Contestants

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Kelly Clarkson landed in the top spot while Carrie Underwood was ranked the second highest earner.

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As if getting engaged and singing (live!) for the president weren't enough, Kelly Clarkson now has something else to celebrate.

Forbes has just released its list of the top-earning American Idol contestants, and the show's original winner has taken the No. 1 spot.

According to the magazine, from May 2011 to May 2012, Clarkson pulled in an impressive $8 million.

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Fellow champ Carrie Underwood shared the No. 2 position with Chris Daughtry, raking in $5 million each.

In third came Scotty McCreery with $4 million, while Jennifer Hudson earned $3 million and Jordin Sparks nabbed $2 million.

The list was rounded out by Adam Lambert ($1.5 million), Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler ($1.1 million each) and David Archuleta and David Cook ($1 million each).

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