Kelly Clarkson tops Forbes' top-earning 'American Idol' alum list

Kelly Clarkson performs during the 57th Presidential Inauguration

Kelly Clarkson performs during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony. (Credit: Kelly Clarkson performs during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony. (Getty))

Kelly Clarkson is one popular - and money-making - "American Idol" alum.

The Season 1 winner was the top-earning "Idol" alumnus in 2012, with earnings of $8 million, according to a new Forbes report.

Ranking behind Clarkson are Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry, who each earned $5 million.

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