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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.


Carrie Underwood: I’d Be a Constructive ‘X Factor’ Judge

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Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood would be a "constructive" X Factor judge.

The country starlet thinks she would be a great addition to the judging panel of Simon Cowell's singing competition, but worries she wouldn't be able to cope with shattering wannabe musicians' dreams.

"I'd never say never. I think I could do things in a very constructive way. But those initial auditions, where you have to say no or tell someone to stop? I don't know if I could do that," she said.

The blonde beauty also revealed she would love to collaborate with British acts including Oscar-winning Skyfall singer Adele. Carrie listed, "I love Jessie J, I think she's fearless, which is great. Coldplay. Adele, of course. I'm up for anything."

Kelly Clarkson: Carrie Underwood Would Be a Great Idol Judge

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood

Kelly Clarkson thinks that Carrie Underwood would make a great judge on American Idol. The "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" hitmaker - who shot to fame after winning the inaugural season of the pop star search show in 2002 - believes the country singer would make a great addition to the panel following the departures of Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Tyler. Kelly thinks Carrie - who was the winner of the fourth series of American Idol in 2005 - would be a fantastic choice because of her educational background and poker face.

When asked if Carrie would make a good judge, Kelly said, "She would! Didn't she major in journalism or something? And she can have that face ... that bluff face! She can put that on! She would be good."

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Carrie Underwood Rules Out X Factor Gig

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood would never join the X Factor panel because she is too loyal to American Idol.

The "Good Girl" singer shot to fame on the pop star search show and although she has been linked to one of the vacant roles on the X Factor judging panel, she insists she is "an Idol girl all the way."

"I think it's great that Simon Cowell has The X Factor show, and I love seeing all of these shows giving nobodies a big opportunity. But I'm an Idol girl all the way. That's the one that I love and watch. I can't see myself being a part of any another show like that," she told Extra.

Carrie also revealed she and NHL player husband Mike Fisher - whom she married in 2010 - are too busy for kids right now but are enjoying spending time together: "I have my best friend around me all the time. Everybody's like, 'The first year is the hardest,' and I'm like, 'That's it? That was the hardest? Come on, you can do better than that!' It's great; he's wonderful. I'm good right now. As long as he's playing [hockey] and I'm doing this, it doesn't make sense. So no babies."

American Idol 10: Winner!

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American Idol’s 10th finale opened with all due pomp and circumstance. Ryan Seacrest wore a tuxedo, but black tie was optional for everyone else. More than 122 million votes, a record number, were counted to determine whether Lauren Alaina or Scotty McCreery would become the next American Idol.

The year’s Top 13 performed “Born This Way” to open the night’s festivities, each dressed in white like angels. If only they sounded like angels. To call the number bad would be too nice. But the show would improve vastly from here...

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VIDEO: Past American Idol Winners Featured in New Promos

The upcoming season of may feature a few new judges, but the show's promos are highlighting old faces.

Can't remember where the series has been over the past nine years? The two clips posted will take you on a nice trip down memory lane.

Want to know which singer will join , Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze in the Winner's Circle? Make sure to watch when the program returns in January.

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American Idol 9: Top 6 Results

The American Idol 9 judges had few negative comments to make Tuesday night, which set the stage for a very unpredictable elimination round on Wednesday’s results show. Thirty-three million votes were recorded following night.

Rascal Flatts kicked off the show with “Unstoppable,” performing the tune as ably as you’d expect. Classic country song, very straightforward stage show, a few hot guitar licks. The song was really, really long. Rascal Flatts is soon going out on tour with Shakira, an odd combo.

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American Idol 9: Idol Gives Back, Top 7 Results

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At the top of the spectacular, host Ryan Seacrest immediately introduced the President of the United States and his First Lady, Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama. Two praised the Idol Gives Back event and urged viewers to contribute to the cause. In his typical contemporary fashion, President Obama then gave a message to the Idol contestants: “As Randy Jackson says, you’re all my dogs.”

Ryan then reappeared on stage to introduce the judges and hype up the crowd. served as the host of the event at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which was filled with a screaming crowd.

The Top 12 were brought back together for the first group performance of the night, an incredibly weak number. The only big moment in the song was given (predictably) to Crystal Bowersox. Could this show please make it more obvious that they want her to win? I’m not sure the astronauts on the space shuttle have managed to get the message yet - they’re so far away, and all.

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Today Show Books Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber

recently had girls staying up late for his appearance on Saturday Night Live. Now, he’s going to have them up bright and early for a different NBC-related performance.

On June 4, the teen singing sensation will have girls screaming in Rockefeller Plaza for his musical appearance on the Today show. Bieber is just one of several hot acts that have been booked for the program’s 15th annual concert series.

Other names scheduled for the “Toyota Concert Series on TODAY” include Sting, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, James Taylor and Carole King. For a full list of dates, click here.

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First Look: Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Lopez on HIMYM


I can almost hear Britney Spears saying it right now: “This How I Met Your Mother show is so fun, y’all. You should try acting on it too!”

In the next few weeks, the CBS comedy will be welcoming a few more of the music industry’s biggest names. First up, .

Although she sings about cheating men when she’s on the stage, Underwood’s pharmaceutical sales rep character is the one who may be stringing Ted (Josh Radnor) along. You can see more clips from that March 1 appearance - including Carrie dressed as a flight attendant and a cavewoman - after the jump.

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