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Kelly Clarkson

While American Idol might be struggling to maintain its desired ratings, Idol's past contestants certainly aren't struggling to maintain their cash money. 

Forbes recently released its list of top American Idol earners from 2012. 

Kelly Clarkson tops the list – moving up from fifth place in 2011 – with $8 million in earnings. Kelly can thank her "gold" album Stronger, appearances on The Voice, Toyota commercial, and successful tour for her success. 

Kelly stole the number one spot away from Carrie Underwood. This year, Carrie shares the number two spot with Chris Daughtry's band Daughtry – with $5 million in earnings. Forbes reports that Carrie and Chris each earn six figures for one single concert. It must be nice to be an American Idol!

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