Kelly Clarkson Ranks No. 1 on Forbes' List of Top-Earning American Idol Contestants

The singer pulled in $8 Million from May 2011 to May 2012.

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    Kelly Clarkson landed in the top spot while Carrie Underwood was ranked the second highest earner.

    As if getting engaged and singing (live!) for the president weren't enough, Kelly Clarkson now has something else to celebrate.

    Forbes has just released its list of the top-earning American Idol contestants, and the show's original winner has taken the No. 1 spot.

    According to the magazine, from May 2011 to May 2012, Clarkson pulled in an impressive $8 million.

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    Fellow champ Carrie Underwood shared the No. 2 position with Chris Daughtry, raking in $5 million each.

    In third came Scotty McCreery with $4 million, while Jennifer Hudson earned $3 million and Jordin Sparks nabbed $2 million.

    The list was rounded out by Adam Lambert ($1.5 million), Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler ($1.1 million each) and David Archuleta and David Cook ($1 million each).

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