(Yahoo!) - Forbes just released its annual ranking of the top-earning "American Idol" alums (covering May 2011 to May 2012), and original Idol Kelly Clarkson has reclaimed the top spot on the list, bumping last year's top "Idol" earner, Carrie Underwood, down to number two. On last year's list, Kelly placed fifth, with earnings of $2.5 million, but this time, she earned $8 million (compared to Carrie's $5 million), thanks to the gold sales of her fifth album Stronger, her television appearances on "The Voice" and "Duets," a Toyota commercial, and tireless touring.
Interestingly, Forbes points out that Kelly's $8 million earnings are roughly equal to what Nicki Minaj is pocketing as a judge on "American Idol" this season, and are twice the amount that another new "Idol" judge, Keith Urban, is making. Kelly's paycheck is also less than half of what Mariah Carey, reality TV's highest-paid judge, is earning on "Idol" this year. Debate the justice and/or injustice of this payscale amongst yourselves...
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