Beating out contestants from ten other seasons, Kelly Clarkson topped Forbes' list of top-earning "American Idol" contestants.
From May 2011 to May 2012, the "Stronger" singer earned about $8 million, far surpassing the following two who tied for the second spot, Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry, who each took in $5 million.
Daughtry is back on top! The edgy American Idol alum found his self-titled album back at No. 1 as Norah Jones’ Not Too Late slipped in The Billboard 200.
Many have expected Daughtry to trail off, but the southern rocker has sure shown critics as his music continues to sell. Daughtry’s rocker style combined with American Idol exposure has kept him in the charts for 15 weeks.