Who's the Biggest American Idol Money Maker?
Who's the Biggest American Idol Money Maker? (February 1, 2013)
The new season of American Idol is off to find the next winner, to land on Forbes new list of top-earning contestants. The show’s first-ever winner, Kelly Clarkson, claimed the top spot, after bringing in $8 million between May 2011 to May 2012. Carrie Underwood shares the #2 spot with rocker Chris Daughtry, as they both brought in $5 million. 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 impressive cuts - 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 airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.