Sure, we know that Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell make a fortune. How are the “Idols” doing? Forbes tried to calculate it.
The top 3 are not surprising, but you have to be impressed with one Kellie Pickler, who made $4.3 million. Who would have guessed she could make that much four years after she left the show? Everyone thought she was the dopey, ditzy one. Not so much, eh? She works almost constantly and will be back this Sunday in Atlanta to open for Rascal Flatts. I am flying back that afternoon, may try to make it to the concert just to see her.
And better yet, Pickler has gotten engaged to songwriter Kyle Jacobs on a Florida beach at sunset. Awww…. She has also reconciled with her dad (but not her mom.)
“It turned out to be the most amazing day of my life,” the fifth-season American Idol star, 23, tells PEOPLE. “My whole world changed. We both feel like we got my grandmother’s blessing.”
Jacobs wrote the 2007 Garth Brooks hit “More Than a Memory.” Pickler met him about that time.
Back to the top 10 list: Most of the monies these folks made were from touring. But Clay Aiken? Did he do a lot of that? I don’t know how he ended up with $800K, ahead of Kris Allen.
-And boy, am I in D.C. the wrong week! Not only am I missing Kris Allen on Thursday but season six winner Jordin Sparks is going to be at Six Flags Over Georgia on Friday. The concer is part of park admission.
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Days Difference (Opening Act) perform at 5:45 PM
Ashlyne Huff (Opening Act) performs at 6:20 PM
Jordin Sparks performs at 7:00 PM