Carrie Underwood for Allure February 2013 by Alexi Lubomirski

Carrie Underwood Named Forbes’ Top Earning American Idol Alum

Carrie Underwood for Allure February 2013 by Alexi Lubomirski

Carrie Underwood for Allure February 2013 by Alexi Lubomirski

In honor of American Idol returning to us tonight, a list has been compiled featuring some of our favorite (and probably forgotten) Idol alums.

According to Forbes, Ms. Carrie Underwood, who’s latest studio album Blown Away gives me life, has managed to be the top-earning American Idol alum with a total of $31 million being made between June 2012 and June 2013.

This could be because of the 100 shows of her Blown Away tour, which kicked off on May 26, 2012 and ended on June 30, 2013, as well as well as her endorsement deals with companies like Olay. Over the past five years, Forbes estimates that she has earned $83 million.

The first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson comes in at second place with an estimated total of $7 million, which can also be due to her time spent on the road, where she earned about a quarter of a million dollars per show.

Coming in at third place, as a tie, we have Phillip Phillps and Adam Lambert who both made $5 million.

While Phillps’ (see what I did there) success comes from his successful launch from 2012, Adam’s earning came from his We Are Glamily Tour and his second studio album Trespassing.

Take a look at the rest of the list below, which features Scotty McCreery, Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee, just to name a few:

1. Carrie Underwood $31 million
2. Kelly Clarkson $7 million
3. Phillip Phillips $5 million
4. Adam Lambert $5 million
5. Chris Daughtry $4 million
6. Scotty McCreery $3 million
7. Taylor Hicks $2.5 million
8. Fantasia $1.5 million
9. Kellie Pickler $1.5 million
10. Katherine McPhee $1 million