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Carrie Underwood leads list of top-earning 'Idol' alums

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Carrie Underwood leads list of top-earning 'Idol' alums

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Carrie Underwood is "American Idol's" most successful alum -- at least from a financial standpoint. 

The country star and season four winner on the Fox reality show is topping "Forbes" magazine's latest list of the Top-Earning "American Idols," with an income last year of $ 31 million.  The publication also points out that Underwood has raked in $83 million over the past five years. 

The inaugural "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson is taking a rather distant second place on the list, with earnings of $7 million.  Scotty McCreery and Kellie Pickler also make the cut. 

"Forbes" Top-Earning "American Idols" 2013 List 

1. Carrie Underwood - $31 million
2. Kelly Clarkson - $7 million
3. Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert - $5 million 
5. Daughtry - $4 million
6. Scotty McCreery - $3 million 
7. Taylor Hicks - $2.5 million
8. Fantasia Barrino, Kellie Pickler - $1.5 million 
10. Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson - $1 million

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