Carrie Underwood remains the highest-earning American Idol champ for the past year. According to Forbes , Carrie pulled in an estimated $31 million last year, thanks to touring, music sales and sponsorship deals. That's more than show judges Nicki Minaj , Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are estimated to have earned last year.
Kelly Clarkson is second on the top-earning American Idol winners list, with an estimated $7 million.
The new season of American Idol premieres Wednesday night at 8 ET on FOX.
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