Kelly Clarkson Tops Forbes' List of Top-Earning "American Idol" Contestants

Posted Wednesday January 30, 2013 6:46 PM GMT

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.

Third place belongs to Scotty McCreery with $4 million, while Jennifer Hudson comes in closely behind at $3 million. The rest of the list was rounded out in order with Jordin Sparks; Adam Lambert; Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler; and David Archuleta and David Cook.

The original winner from way back in 2002 has amassed fans from both the country and pop markets and just recently performed at President Obama's second Inauguration ceremony.

Speaking about the opportunity, the 30-year-old songstress tweeted, "What an honor to be a part of history! Obama's presence was powerful and his words unforgettable. It's a proud day for America!"

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