Forbes did a video about Idol’s top earners (past contestants) for 2012. Kelly Clarkson was on top of the list earning $8 million this past year, and second on the list was a tie between Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry. They both earned $5 million this past year. Scotty McCreery was fourth on the list earning $4 million. And fifth on the list was Jennifer Hudson.
Mind you, this is for the past year. I know Jennifer Hudson has earned more in the past…but Kelly is the queen of 2012 based on numbers. Side note: I can’t get over how much Scotty McCreery made. Four million dollars just seems absurd for Howdy Doody, doesn’t it? But there’s one thing we’ve learned from Idol– country music fans are loyal!