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Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson in Forbes' 'American Idol' top-earning contestant list

Singer and TV personality Fantasia Barrino visits BET's 106 & Park at BET Studios on January 6, 2010 in New York City.
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Sometimes being on the bottom means you come out on top, and that's the case for two "American Idol" contestants and winners on season three of the talent-based show.

"American Idol" fans all remember the night that both Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino (along with equally talented contestant LaToya London) were in the bottom three. Fantasia ended up being the winner on the show, and both she and J-Hud are in Forbes Jan. 14 list of top-earning "American Idol" contestants.

Fantasia Barrino, who was also a guest host on Mon., Jan. 20 (MLK Day) of "The View," has earned $1.5 million, according to Forbes.

With several Billboard top 100 hits on recent albums, that's no surprise. Songs that broke the top 100 from her most recent album, "Side Effects of You," are "Without Me" (feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott) and "Bittersweet." Other hits that stayed on the Billboard charts for 20-plus weeks were "When I See You," "Free Yourself" and "Truth Is."

Jennifer Hudson made $1 million. The Weight Watchers deal certainly helped with her income, but she also had Billboard top 100 hits, including "Where You At," "Let It Be," "If This Isn't Love," "Spotlight" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."

Both former contestants showed off their acting chops. Fantasia is in the musical "After Midnight."

Jennifer Hudson was in last year's "Black Nativity," as well as other popular movies from previous years, including "Winnie Mandela," "The Secret Life of Bees," "Sex and the City" and "Dreamgirls." In the latter movie, she won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and approximately 28 other wins and 18 nominations.

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