Carrie Top Idol Earner

Simon Cowell was only half right. When he told Carrie Underwood he predicted that she’d not only win American Idol back in 2005 but that she’d sell more records than any other previous Idol winner, he didn’t even make mention of how much money she’d make with her champion voice.

Forbes magazine has just released its list of top-earning American Idol contestants for 2013. And Underwood is way, way, way at the top. She made $31 million last year, which adds up to $83 million over the past five years. I’m sure her tour, her Blown Away album, her work with Olay and other endeavors all contributed to her big paycheck this year.

Here are the Top 11 earners, who collectively made $62.5 million last year:

Carrie Underwood, $31 million

Kelly Clarkson, $7 million

Phillip Phillips, $5 million

Adam Lambert, $5 million

Chris Daughtry, $4 million

Scotty McCreery, $3 million

Taylor Hicks, $2.5 million

Fantasia Barrino, $1.5 million

Kellie Pickler, $1.5 million

Katharine McPhee, $1 million

Jennifer Hudson, $1 million

Rod Sisco
rodsisco@wqsb.com