Top 10 Highest Paid 'American Idol' Contestants (Photos)

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  • Carrie Underwood
    Season-4 Earnings-$20 million
  • Chris Daughtry
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  • Adam Lambert
    Season-8 Earnings-$6 million
  • Fantasia Barrino
    Fantasia Barrino has said that she was having a baby boy and was due on Dec. 29. She already has a 9-year-old daughter Zion.
  • Jordin Sparks
    Season-6 Earnings-$3 million
  • Kelly Clarkson
    Season-1 Earnings-$2.5 million
  • Jennifer Hudson
    Season-3 Earnings-$2 million
  • Kellie Pickler
    Season-5 Earnings-$1.8 million
  • Clay Aiken
    Season-2 Earnings-$1.5 million
  • Katharine McPhee
    Season-5 Earnings-$1 million
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American Idol was ranked as the most successful money making U.S. TV show in 2010 by Forbes magazine and here it comes up with a list of the top 10 highest earning American Idol contestants.

Carrie Underwood, the Season Four winner tops the list with earnings of $20 million. The second-place spot was a tie between Season Seven runner up Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry (Season Five), who both toured over the past year, pulling in $6 million.

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