Everybody knows that American Idol is a reality singing competition that began airing in 2002. From that year on, it has become one of the most successful reality shows in the American television history, ranking number one in the U.S. television ratings. The singing competition has opened many doors to a lot of talented singers. They have been rewarded with shows, gigs, concerts, tours and many other projects. Some have even pursued acting and won quite a lot of awards. The show did not only make their showbiz dreams come true, but also made their rags-to-riches story a reality.
Here are the top ten richest American Idol contestants.
10. David Roland Cook, Season 7
This singer-songwriter was born on December 20, 1982 in Houston, Texas. He is a rock-oriented vocalist and has won the seventh season of American Idol. He released his debut album David Cook and it went platinum, selling more than a million copies in the U.S. He has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
9. Katharine Hope McPhee, Season 5
Katharine McPhee was born on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. She joined American Idol Season 5 and it paved the way to a contract signing for her first album. She released her single in 2006 and it became the second best-selling single of the year. She has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
8. Fantasia Barrino, Season 3
Fantasia Barrino was born on June 30, 1984 and was raised in North Carolina. Before she joined American Idol, life for Fantasia and her family was not very easy. When she won the show’s third season, her life changed. Her albums have always been Gold and Platinum and she even starred in both film and Broadway. She had seven nominations in the Grammy Awards and has been selling out performances around the world. She is deemed to be worth around $5 million as of today.
7. Adam Mitchel Lambert, Season 8
The American actor, singer and songwriter, Adam Lambert has been known to be hitting the billboards worldwide, thus making him number seven on the list. He was born on January 29, 1982 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Despite the criticisms about his sexuality, Adam Lambert has been proudly telling the world that he is openly gay and nobody could stop him from achieving his dreams while being true to himself and to everybody else.
Before he became a frontrunner in the American Idol season 8, he was first in theater where he was able to perform with Val Kilmer in the debut production of the 10 commandments. After Idol, his album ranked third on the Billboard Charts and was nominated for a Grammy award in 2010. He has an estimated net worth of $6 million, which was earned in just one year because of his 116 shows around the world.
6. Kellie Dawn Pickler, Season 5
Born on June 28, 1986, Kellie Pickler has now become a famous music artist and television personality. She ranked sixth in season 5 of the show and got a contract with BNA Records which resulted in her first album. She had nearly 80 shows in just 12 months, increasing her net worth to approximately $6 million.
5. Christopher Adam “Chris” Daughtry, Season 5
Christopher Adam Daughtry, or known as Chris Daughtry ranks fifth on the list of the richest American Idol contestants. He was born on December 26, 1979 and started loving music when he was 16. He joined American Idol’s season five and ended up as the season’s fourth place finalist.
After the elimination, Chris Daughtry was tapped by RCA Records and had his debut album released a few months later. The album immediately topped the lists. This earned him a nomination in the Grammy’s. He is not only a singer but also a songwriter. Chris Daughtry has proven that the show American Idol can indeed produce a successful rocker outside the show. He is one of the most successful and richest rockers of the generation, having a net worth of approximately $8.5 million.
4. Jordin Brianna Sparks, Season 6
Jordin Sparks was born on December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona. Although she had no formal vocal training, her talent seems to come naturally as it was seen since her early toddler years. She joined American Idol’s sixth season and was proclaimed the youngest winner in the history of the show. She debuted her album at the age of 17 and released the song “No Air” with Chris Brown. The song became the best-selling single ever by an American Idol contestant. She is estimated to be worth $10 million, thanks to her 20 released singles, acting shows, and Broadway appearances.
3. Jennifer Kate Hudson, Season 3
Jennifer Hudson was born on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. She started singing from a young age, performing in her church. She joined American Idol’s season 3 and ended up as one of the finalists. She is best known for her role as Effie White in the musical Dreamgirls and because of this, she received awards from the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and SAG. With all these accomplishments, she has an estimated net worth of $18 million.
2. Kelly Brianne Clarkson, Season 1
The American pop rock singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson was the first ever American Idol winner. She went from an anonymous talent to an internationally acclaimed singer in just a matter of months. She is currently the only American Idol contestant to have ranked first in the UK and has sold more than 10.2 million albums in the U.S. and more than 20 million albums worldwide. She has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
1. Carrie Underwood, American Idol Season 4
Carrie Underwood seems to be the most successful Idol winner ever. Born in 1983, she is the daughter of a sawmill worker and a teacher. As the 4th winner of the show, Carrie Underwood has become an incredibly successful country music artist. She has made albums that have become multi-platinum selling records and has won 5 Grammy Awards. She has also been part of The Guinness Book of World Records. After winning, she had performed at around 83 concerts within only 12 months. Carrie Underwood is now a country princess and has a net value of more than $45 million.