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Carrie Underwood: Most Successful Idol

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    1. Carrie Underwood - $14 million

    Who has turned their time on "American Idol" into the fattest paycheck?

    Carrie Underwood. Forbes magazine looked at former "American Idol" contestants in terms of album sales, concerts, merchandising and other income.

    Underwood is worth an estimated $14 million.


    What the El!?! Editorial:

    It's not hard to believe, she's the most successful Idol. And she's worked hard at it. It's hard not to like her.

    Check out the slideshow... hint--- no Ruben!


    Second on the list is Jennifer Hudson, with $5 million.

    She inches out original "Idol" Kelly Clarkson, who earned $4.2 million, but Clarkson still has the most album sales of any "Idol" alumnus.

    (Associated Press)