July 22nd, 2011
10:40 AM ET
It's been years since she's been on the show, but the fan base Carrie Underwood started to build on "American Idol" is still paying off.
Underwood landed the No. 1 spot on the Forbes list of "The Top-Earning American Idols" by raking in $20 million this past year. The singer won season 4 of the top-rated Fox singing competition and has since segued into a career as a platinum-selling country artist.
The No 2. and 3 spot features a tie between two contestants who didn't even win "Idol" – rocker Chris Daughtry and glamboy Adam Lambert. The pair both pulled in $6 million.
Others rounding out the list include season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino with $4 million; one of the show's youngest winners, Jordin Sparks, with $3 million; and Kelly Clarkson with $2.5 million.
According to Forbes, the earnings were calculated by taking "estimated pretax income earned from May 2010 to May 2011, before subtracting agent and manager fees." Click here for the full list.
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