The ladies lead the way on the list of highest paid “American Idol” alumni according to a list released by Forbes on Jan. 14, 2014. Carrie Underwood sits in the top spot earning $31 million. The 2005 “American Idol” winner has earned $83 million over the last five years. The first season’s winner Kelly Clarkson comes in second place on the list by earning $7 million for the year.
Phillip Phillips was named the winner of “American Idol” in 2012 and lands in the number three spot on the list tied with the 2009 runner up Adam Lambert with both earning $5 million. Chris Daughtry’s $4 million income placed him in the number five spot on the list. Scotty McCreery landed in sixth place earning $3 million.
McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol in 2011. McCreery showed his love for the show that kicked off his singing career by heading to Twitter to post “Feels like yesterday... Excited for the new season of @AmericanIdol #thisisreal” which included the video for his very first “American Idol” audition.
“American Idol” makes its season 13 season debut with Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and the newest judge Harry Connick, Jr. sitting behind the judges table with Ryan Seacrest making his return as host and Randy Jackson stepping into his new mentoring role Jan. 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST and continues with the audition rounds on Jan. 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST on FOX.