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Carrie Underwood Reigns Over Fellow ‘American Idol’ Stars Once Again

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Carrie Underwood has reclaimed her spot as a top ‘American Idol’ alumna.

The blonde beauty is once again the top-earning star from the reality show, according to Forbes Magazine, after coming in second to Kelly Clarkson the year before.

Underwood earned the top spot again after raking in $31 million from June 2012 to June 2013. A large part of her income was a result of her ‘Blown Away’ album (which reached Platinum status), the accompanying live DVD,  her very busy tour schedule and her endorsement with Olay.

It’s no surprise that at $31 million rich, Underwood takes the top spot, but it may surprise you to learn that she also made more than last year’s ‘American Idol’ judges, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Clarkson holds down the second place spot on the top earners list with $7 million, thanks to her tours. Phillip Phillips and Adam Lambert tied for third place, banking $5 million a piece.

Chris Daughtry claims the fourth place spot with $4 from his tour revenue. Scott McCreery also represents country music, falling in the sixth spot with $3 million. The Season 10 winner owes a lot of his income to ‘Clear as Day,’ his debut album which sold over a million copies.

These aren’t the only ‘Idol’ alumni to make at least a million — Taylor Hicks and Fantasia Barrino both were able to earn $2.5 and $1.5 million, respectively.

Season 13 of ‘American Idol’ is airing now.

Next: Are These the Top Country 'American Idol' Singers?

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