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Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert make top-earning 'American Idol' stars list

Vocal superstar Kelly Clarkson and 'Trespassing' hitmaker Adam Lambert are among the 'American Idol' graduates who have been named as the show's top-earning stars of 2012.

Forbes magazine compiled a list (January 30) of the programme's contestants who earned the most throughout the past twelve months and Clarkson, who was the first 'American Idol' winner back in 2002, was at the top after taking home a cool $8 million (£5 million).

Country songstress Carrie Underwood and rocker Daughtry came in joint second with earnings of $5 million apiece, and season 10's winner Scotty McCreery is No.4 with $4 million.

Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks also make appearances in the Top 10, and powerhouse Adam Lambert was named seventh with $1.5 million. Forbes writes of his success:

"Extensive touring pushed this fan-favorite toward the top of last year’s list with $6 million in earnings. Lambert played fewer shows this time around, taking off to record new album 'Trespassing', which was released after the end of our scoring period (and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with 78,000 copies sold its first week). Look for him to finish higher on next year’s list, thanks to that album and a new tour."





Watch Clarkson's recent inauguration performance here: