So far the iconic show has had 12 winners who have each tapped into the business in one way or another. There have also been several who have gotten the boot early in the show...and made it bigger than the winner! So, which vets made the most bank off their American Idol experience in the past year?
According to a new report from Forbes, country singer Carrie Underwood made the most money of any Idol alum, raking in $31 million from June 2012-June 2013. Most of Carrie's earnings came from her popular "Blown Away" tour and her endorsement with Olay. She has reportedly made over $83 million in the past 5 years!
In second place is the newly married and pregnant Kelly Clarkson. While her salary is super nice, it was still $24 million off from Carrie's salary. Kelly reportedly made $7 million during the same time period thanks to her tour and Christmas album.
The third place holders are both runner-up Adam Lambert and show winner Phillip Phillips. Phillip's first song "Home" sold more than 4 million copies which is the best of any song in American Idol's history. His album also reached platinum status. Adam made money off his role on Glee and his tour as well.
Check out who else made (and didn't make) the list here!
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