Carrie Underwood is the Richest ‘American Idol’ Star (And the Second-Richest Doesn’t Even Come Close)

Some of American Idol‘s biggest stars, such as Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, got their start on the reality show. Many former contestants see musical success while others work in other areas of the entertainment industry. The TV show has even changed the lives of those rejected in auditions, like Glee stars Naya Rivera and Amber Riley.

Here are the 15 richest stars who ever appeared on American Idol according to Celebrity Net Worth (in no particular order). One unlikely alumni actually made millions and has the largest net worth (page 9).

1Katharine McPhee

Actress Katharine McPhee attends the SAG-AFTRA Foundations Patron of the Artists Awards

She even starred in her own show called Smash. | Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

  • Net Worth: $8 million

Katharine McPhee appeared in season five of American Idol. She finished in second place. As of this writing, she has released a total of five studio albums. McPhee has also done some acting. She appeared in the films House Bunny and Shark Night 3D. As far as the small screen, McPhee has appeared in the television shows Ugly Betty, CSI:NY, and Scorpion.

Next: This contestant became one of the show’s most successful alums.

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