American Idol premiered in 2002, to great fanfare and audience interest. From 2003 to 2011, the performance and results episodes held the number one programming slot on television. The idea behind the show is simple: it's a talent contest, searching for the next American music superstar, with the winner getting a recording contract and going on tour. So how many of the winners, in the show's twelve year run, have had that dream fulfilled? Here's a list of the winners, their net worths, and their album sales, so you can decide if auditioning is worth it.
12 Candice Glover (2013): $1 Million
The most recent of the American Idol winners, Candice Glover has an estimated net worth of $1 million. She auditioned three times before being accepted onto American Idol. However, her career is being eagerly watched, especially after wowing audiences with her bluesy cover of the Cure's Lovesong, which was lauded as one of the best performances in American Idol history. Her coronation song, I am Beautiful peaked on the R&B charts at number 33. Her album, Music Speaks, had its release was pushed back twice, but was finally released in February 2014, and has sold 19,000 copies thus far.
11 Kris Allen (2009): $2.5 Million
10 Lee DeWyze (2010): $2.5 Million
9 Scotty McCreery (2011): $3 Million
8 Ruben Studdard (2003): $3 Million
7 Taylor Hicks (2006): $3.3 Million
6 Phillip Phillips (2012): $3.5 Million
Phillip Phillips' coronation song, Home is the best selling of all the American Idol coronation songs, while his debut album, 2012's The World from the Side of the Moon, reached platinum. He has a new album planned for a 2014 release. His single, 'Home' has been nominated for a best song award from the World Music Awards, the results of which are pending.
5 David Cook (2008): $5 Million
4 Fantasia Barrino (2004): $5 Million
3 3. Jordin Sparks (2007): $8 Million
2 Kelly Clarkson (2002): $29 Million
1 Carrie Underwood (2005): $60 Million
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