How Much Did American Idols Earn In 2012?

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Now this is a fun list. Forbes released the list of Top American Idol earners from last year. So which ten American Idol alums are considered millionaires?

Kelly Clarkson of course takes the No. 1 spot with Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry as a close second. There are a few surprising names on the list, actually.

Top-Earning American Idols of 2012 According to Forbes Magazine

1. Kelly Clarkson — $8 million
2. Carrie Underwood — $5 million
2. 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
8. Kellie Pickler — $1.1 million
10. David Archuleta — $1 million
10. David Cook — $1 million

I think it’s a safe bet to say that reigning American Idol champion Phillip Phillips will break into this Top 10 for 2013. What do you think of the list?




  1. Adam Lambert is awesome and should have won outright but think his sexuality got in the way. nobody has ever been in the same league as him. Saw him in Glasgow.

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