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Carrie Underwood Named Top-Earning ‘American Idol’ Alumni

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood has been named the top-earning American Idol alumni.

The country music star and 2005 winner topped Forbes magazine's annual list thanks to her staggering $31 million income over the last year, with a sell-out tour, albums and beauty deals under her belt.

Kelly Clarkson, the first ever Idol winner, came in second place with $7 million with the earnings of two albums and concerts, each scoring her quarter of a million dollars. The third spot on the list is a surprise tie between season 8 winner Adam Lambert, who landed a guest role on Glee, and 2012 winner Phillip Phillips, with $5 million each. The lesser-known Phillips' winner's single "Home" fared better than any in the show's history, shifting over 4 million copies.

Chris Daughtry was third with $4 million thanks to performing over 80 shows with his eponymous rock band. Baby-faced country singer Scott McCreery ranked sixth with earnings of $3 million, while season 5 winner Taylor Hicks - who is the only Idol alumni with a Las Vegas-residency - came seventh. Broadway star Fantasia Barrino, Dancing with the Stars contestant Kellie Pickler, Smash singer-and-actress Katharine McPhee and Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson rounded out the top 10.


Adam Lambert to Judge American Idol?

Adam LambertAdam Lambert is set to join the American Idol judging panel.

The flamboyant singer - who came second on the talent search contest in 2009 - is said to have been in talks for a month with show bosses, who see him as the perfect addition to the programme because he has such a big fan base and would understand the challenges the contestants must deal with.

"He personifies the show, and will be a popular choice right from the start. He knows what it's like to be on the receiving end of the judges' comments, he has a human touch, and they know they can't go wrong if they bring him on. He would be able to bring a unique perspective to the show. People love him," a source told E! News.

The panel currently features Jennifer Lopez - who is rumored to be leaving to focus on her music career - Steven Tyler, both of whom joined the show two years ago, and Randy Jackson, who has been a judge since it began.

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American Idol 10: Top 13 Results

American Idol gave itself a big opening for the Wednesday results show to get the crowd good and hyped for the intense hour that would follow. Approximately 30 million votes were recorded for the Top 13 singers… but, it may mean nothing. The judges’ save, offered in recent seasons, is active once again. At any time, the panel may save one eliminated contestant and keep them in the contest.

On the fashion front, Steven Tyler wore a long trench coat, J-Lo an asymmetrical blouse that was literally frightening and Ryan Seacredst his standard black suit.

Casey Abrams was not present for the live show; he has been hospitalized once again. Again, Abrams was rushed in for treatment after he complained of severe stomach pains. We’ll keep you updated on his story through VIP Breakdown.

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American Idol 9: Was Adam Lambert Axed From the Finale?

Adam LambertIf you watched the American Idol 9 finale, you know the show closed its season with lots of glitter, glamour and more than one tear-jerking moment as the series bid good-bye to Simon Cowell, its most beloved star. The finale was stuffed with live performances, but Popeater is reporting that there’s at least one we missed: got cut from the show earlier this week.

According to unnamed sources, Adam Lambert failed to show up for scheduled rehearsals before the big finale. Producers didn’t know where he was, and decided to cut him from the episode altogether. One source claims the powers-that-be were too nervous to put an unrehearsed Lambert on the live Idol stage to perform, as the unpredictable singer is far too well-known for of what’s acceptable during his performances.

Recap every glorious moment of the ninth season - from early auditions to the grand finale - right here. Check out all our posts.

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American Idol 9: Top 9 Results, the Sequel

It was the duty of American Idol‘s Wednesday’s results show to send two contestants away from the competition. The judges’ save is off the table (er, stage) and there are no do-overs. The epic Season 9 results show would put an end to all the Idol dreams for at least two contestants.

I know, pretty heady stuff. An appropriate lead-in opened the show, filled with dramatic music and bold graphics meant to drum up excitement. Since everyone knows that the final result won’t be read until we sit through a seemingly endless hour of banter and random live performances, it’s pretty hard to get excited at the top of the episode.

The Top 9 performed a medley of songs to kick off the episode, beginning with “Burning Love” before moving into “Teddy Bear.” “Return to Sender” and “Viva Las Vegas” were also featured. The group number was actually rather horrible, which is surprising considering the artist the Idols were allowed to cover - but the songs selected for the medley really weren’t good ideas. I couldn’t wait for it to end.

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American Idol 9: Top 9 Performance - Again

Thanks to the judges’ save, Michael Lynche is still a cast member on American Idol 9. Therefore, we were treated to a Top 9 performance on Tuesday, the second of the season. was very energetic as he started things off for the night.

A night which was dedicated to the King himself, Elvis Presley. Though he reached his peak in the 1960s, Elvis is still widely-regarded as the best-loved rock performer in music history. He is certainly one of the most successful. It being Elvis night and all, the mentor for the week was , naturally. Because that makes sense. Both men, at least,  were and are incredible showmen. Lambert is the first former contestant to mentor his fellow Idols, an honor I feel should have been given to someone with better record sales.

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American Idol 9: Top 9 (The Sequel) Theme Spoiler


already announced the host, but the theme of American Idol 9’s second Top 9 week is still a big question mark.

hardly has a large catalog of songs for the contestants to choose from, and though his appearance seems like a great excuse to do Broadway tunes, spoilers suggest the show is taking a different route. Want to know what it is? Follow the jump to get the latest behind-the-scenes gossip.

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Adam Lambert to Mentor American Idol’s Top 8

Adam Lambert

As first mentioned on Gear Live’s music site, last year’s runner-up will return to American Idol next week to mentor the Top 8 contestants.

can certainly help some of them toe the line with censors, and if even a little of his showmanship rubs off on a few of them it’s a win-win.

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Guests Line Up for Tonight Show’s New Start

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Late Night, Talk Shows, NBC,

Tonight Show logoWill Ferrell might not be interested in visiting The Tonight Show anytime soon, but there are plenty of other celebrities who are still willing to promote themselves

support Jay Leno.

Based on the star-studded list released by NBC, Leno’s booking department is having an easy time finding guests for his return to late night—but will the viewers actually be tuning in to watch them?

Check out the names after the jump and let us know if you’ll be welcoming back Jay.

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ABC Taking No Chances with Adam Lambert

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Daytime, Music, Talk Shows, ABC, Gossip, Video,

Now that ABC has decided to allow back into the studio, everything should be business as usual, right? Wrong. Though Glambert appeared on The View Thursday morning, his segment was pre-taped. You know, just in case he decided to grab a random crewman and kiss him in front of the cameras.

The interview was as boring as expected. Lambert then got up to sing “Whataya Want From Me?” All of his dance moves were very appropriate for daytime TV.

And everybody at breathed a sigh of relief. Let us not forget that this network is very much affiliated with the Walt Disney Corporation. D’ya think one has to do with the other?

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