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Kellie Pickler engaged! Kelly Clarkson tops ‘Idol’ earner among contestants; Jordin Sparks at Six Flags Over Georgia Friday

Sure, we know that Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell make a fortune. How are the “Idols” doing? Forbes tried to calculate it.

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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

81 comments Add your comment

JTesla

June 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Thank you Rodney!

It’s too bad that you are missing out, but I’m sure they will be around again.

wreckedpizza

June 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Great pic, Rodney. Well done and thanks!

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Siobhan zealot.

June 23rd, 2010
2:02 pm

Didn’t Clay Aiken make some money on Broadway?

Nana

June 23rd, 2010
2:22 pm

As always RoHo, we appreciate all you do for us, even in DC!!!!

For those of you who were around earlier this year and said many prayers for Karla and babies, here is an update:

Robert is now nearly 16 lbs. smiling and cooing, noticing and follows sounds and turning over. Robin is nearly 10 lbs and begiining to smile, also noticing sounds, not cooing nor turing over. They are both mircle babies and certainly a gift from God. Again, I want to thank each and everyone of you for your thoughfulness when it was needed.

wreckedpizza

June 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Great news, Nana. Will continue to keep them in my thoughts and send good thoughts their way. Both of them are certainly from strong stock.

kelly&carriefan

June 23rd, 2010
2:55 pm

First off, NANA! I kept meaning to ask, but figured you’d let us know when you had an update. I’m glad to hear the news. May they continue to grow and thrive.

Rodney, thanks for that Kellie pic. She looks good.

Siobhan zealot.

June 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Thanks for update, Nana. Wondered abut the babies from time to time.

Rickster

June 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Great news on the little ones, Nana!

And —- hmmmmm —- the bit about Forbes ranking the Top Idol winners. Where did I see that mentioned….

Oh yeah! I did. About 25 hours ago! :-)

Rickster

June 23rd, 2010
3:20 pm

And I wonder if Kelly Pickler will walk down the aisle in her “Red High Heels?”

Rickster

June 23rd, 2010
3:28 pm

Or maybe Kellie Pickler will walk down the aisle in her “Red High Heels?”

Rickster

June 23rd, 2010
3:28 pm

Siobhan zealot.

June 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Not that I want to sound catty, but after seeing the pictures here of Kellie I think she should tell her personal shopper that she (Kellie, that is) has had a breast enlargment and needs bigger dresses.

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

Harriett

June 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Great news, Nana, and have a great trip (again)!

Collard Greens

June 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Thanks, Rosita!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 23rd, 2010
4:06 pm

BOO!!!! can’t stay, just saying hello…and Nana!!! Pics of R&R (that would be Robert and Robin, NOT your rest and relaxation!!!) you know where to send them!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmWAH!

JTesla

June 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Rosita, those are some of the girliest men I have ever seen pictures of in my life.

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
4:56 pm

You oughta like ‘em, then, eh, Hot Pockets?

Deirdre

June 23rd, 2010
5:04 pm

Long story short. My son, Brian(aka Mr Boston, aka The Groom, aka very pale redhead) emailed me a picture of a very ugly thing on his back Sunday night. Went to a dermatologist on Tuesday morning who declared it likely to be a melanoma. Results of test back late this afternoon. NO Cancer!!!!!!!!!

I can stop freaking out now!

Nana

June 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Thank God Deirdre!!!!! That is great news.

Since I will be leaving in about an hour and won’t be back until next Wednesday, here are the quotes for Thursday and Friday:

Tomorrow’s Quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Friday’s Quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Hope all of you stay well and stay safe. See you all next week.

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
5:18 pm

Queen D: HALLELUAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
5:18 pm

with a J in there somewhere

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
5:19 pm

Nana, great baby news and bon voyage — again. Love the quotes.

Deirdre

June 23rd, 2010
5:33 pm

Nana!!! Looking forward to meeting, via pictures, our little Idol babies. And so happy to hear that they are doing well.

Siobhan zealot.

June 23rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Rosie, kinda liked the long-sleeved Armani sweater swimsuit, but anyone wearing the Vivienne Westwood outfit ought have his head examined.

Great news, D. And reminder to everyone – if you have them, check those spots yearly.

Have fun in Corinth, Nana. My d-i-l’s dad is from there and she says it’s very small so you might know her family.

Highlander

June 23rd, 2010
5:44 pm

Nana, wonderful news! So glad to hear they’re doing so well!

Rodney, with the pics of Carrie and Kellie on these last two threads, you’ve made up for leaving us with the Adam “Copperfield” Lambert pic over the entire past weekend! :lol:

JTesla

June 23rd, 2010
5:56 pm

Rosita, I think you have me confused with Wreckedpizza.

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

Pockets is pockets, JT! :-)

Seinfeld on GaGa: gag gag

JTesla

June 23rd, 2010
8:50 pm

Rosita, there is a blog rule that you might not be aware of: it’s ok if you post pictures of manly men, but sissy boys are not allowed. So Adam Lambert is ok, but sissy boys like a Jonas Brother or Perez Hilton: not ok.

Harm

June 23rd, 2010
9:34 pm

Wonderful news Deirdre! My red headed daughter (Asa’s mom) had 4 growths taken off at one time when she was a teen, everyone of them was diagnosed as something different, she had 1 harmless looking black freckle that would have probably developed into melanoma if not detected! If you have a freckle that is darker than the rest, please have it checked out!

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
9:47 pm

Tesla, it’s so reassuring that you are always here to explain, inform, adjudicate and evaluate each and every little blog phenomenon.
Me so grateful, duh……….

JTesla

June 23rd, 2010
9:51 pm

Well I thought about trying out to be the Grammar Queen, but that position was already taken. :twisted:

Rosita

June 23rd, 2010
10:06 pm

Good one! Seriously, JTes, I adore you. In fact, I nominate you to be King T to Deirdre’s Queen D.

JTesla

June 23rd, 2010
11:43 pm

King T… hmm nah besides, I own the blog I don’t need a title! Well Rosita, have a good evening. You are a nice addition to the blog and I’m glad you stuck around.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 24th, 2010
1:18 am

linny waves at JT :twisted: backatcha!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 24th, 2010
1:20 am

Deirdre’s the Queen….but i may just be “a” grammar queen…. y’all know, some things are better then other things and you’re words may come back to haunt …. someone over their.

*coff coff*

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 24th, 2010
1:20 am

that is SO hard to do!!! sorry!

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
7:11 am

Morning!

Wow, I feel so much better.

LOL! linny. We sure do miss you around here!

Have a good trip, Nana! Again!

Now JT and Rosita are bantering. I love the off-season!

Highlander

June 24th, 2010
7:36 am

Morning, all!

JT, you would classify Adam as a manly man? Really?? OMG, the zombie apocalypse is surely upon us! :lol:

(Yeah, bring on the hate mail, Glamberts. I can take it!)

Highlander

June 24th, 2010
7:42 am

On another note, I watched some of America’s Got Talent last night. It was more like America’s Got Freaks!

More and more I understand why Jerry Springer used to be the host of this show. They must use some of his former producers to choose much of the “talent.”

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
8:22 am

Good morning!

Nana’s gone again, and linny is barely here. I miss them!

Highlander, AGT is seriously irrelevent to me any longer. After learning about how the contestants are made to sing songs or do things they are not comfortable with, I just watch for the heck of it. At least three of the contestants that I know of over the years were made to look bad because of the show’s choices for them, and then the poor, miserable, small-talent winner last year–well, that kind of did it for me.

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
8:23 am

oops, irrelevANT.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
8:38 am

I agree with Harriett about AGT. There are way too many side show acts that make it through. I think there are more this year due to Howie Mandel (who, I think, is doing a surprisingly good job as a judge) and his tastes.

But that said… there have been a number of great acts. Some of my faves over the last couple of shows:

The Glow in the Dark Gang (Amazing!)
Kite Boy (Where did he ever think to come up with that?)
Soldier Magician (He needs to dress the part. If he’s gonna wear a uniform, wear the Class As!)
Rock Wall Dancers (Strength AND grace? Amazing.)
The Bangra dance troupe. (Very colorful and fun to watch.)

They need to put through only those acts that can truly headline a show in Vegas. Barbara Padilla could headline in Vegas. They never should have put Kevin Skinner through.

And here’s a name that’ll give the ladies something to smile about…. Lawrence Beaman. :-)

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
8:41 am

Morning!

Another hot, grubby day expected in Atlanta, with bad air

Heather MacDonald

June 24th, 2010
8:43 am

Sigh…. Lawrence Beaman. LOL

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
8:47 am

Those of you who know me know that my big *sigh* of all AGT is Donald Braswell. He is a true opera singer who was NOT allowed to showcase this talent because of Neal E. Boyd, who could not carry his shoes, talent and looks-wise. I loved Lawrence, but Donald has my heart! ;)

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
8:51 am

In other news…

Lady Gaga (who has appeared on Idol) feel while walking on some really tall shoes through the London airport.

When reached for comment… Gene Simmons said “I couldn’t wear those things. I’m afraid of heights.”

Pictures: http://projects.accessatlanta.com/gallery/view/music/lady-gaga-falls/

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
9:09 am

Hi, All! I’m heading to Atlanta in a few, so all you other motorists, you’ve been warned!!!!!!!!!!

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
9:18 am

Thanks for the warning, Rosita. I think I’ll stay off the roads.

So if you need me, I’ll be “Up in my studio… studio.” :-)

(AGT reference. :-) )

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Rickster, you’re a wise, wise man . . . man.:-)

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
9:29 am

Highlander, check out some of those pictures… Adam IS more manly than those guys. Of course they might be French.

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
9:53 am

Well, Rosita…wave when you go by the southside…if indeed, you do.

Agree on AGT. What are they thinking? It gets worse as time passes. And the deliberate attempts to manipulate our emotions with sob stories makes Idol look heartless. Don’t like the show and only pay attention to the truly talented. Which should tell you why I ignored that Skinner guy last year.

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
10:16 am

Totally agree, Dierdre! Too many truly talented folks get short shrift on the program, anyway. I watch for the rare real talent.

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
10:16 am

So has AGT aired the Portland episodes yet? I will probably watch that, but otherwise it has never done anything for me.

kelly&carriefan

June 24th, 2010
10:18 am

Hey y’all,

I can’t get into AGT for some reason. But I’ve been watching SYTYCD…the new format is taking some getting used to. I do think having the All Stars is a nice feature. Shame Idol hasn’t found a way of incorporating the alumni in a more meaningful way.

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
10:24 am

Rosita, the sale at Needless Mark-Ups is 60% off starting today…

For your learned ones in the bloggery, is this I-phone thing worth investing in? 5,000 lined up to buy it at Lenox Mall, ATl early this am.

For manly men (and the women wholike to watch) I can recommend fashion story in today’s NYT, “The Ornamental Man: As gigolos and playboys (or their look-alikes) saunter down runways in Milan, La Dolce Vita never looked so good.” Hysterical pictures.

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
10:28 am

KCF, I have been watching SYTYCD, too, and do like the new format with the former dancers as “all star” partners. The only drawback I see is that sometimes the all-stars outshine the contestants. Case in point–Ade. He shines like crazy, to the point I want to watch him and not his contestant partner.

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
10:30 am

I’m gonna email the fashion story to Deirdre, and if she sees fit, she might pass on the link. One guy is a DEAD RINGER for Adam.

Quote from story: …”as Ermenegildo Zegna remarked on Monday morning, ‘We are seeing a feminization of the male customer.’ (We are not seeing it at Versace, which is still mining the played-out machismo of rockabilly…) “

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
10:52 am

“We are seeing a feminization of the male customer”

Sissification. It’s time to man up. Gay porn stars are more manly than most of the sissy metrosexuals that are running around. Fight male-feminization, you can be sensitive to others, but you don’t need to do so at the expense of your own dignity.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
11:15 am

Actually, JT… they aired ‘em Tuesday & Wednesday night. If you want to watch ‘em, I think you’ll have to view them on-line.

Beautiful scenery up that way!

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
11:24 am

JT… in the “next week’s show” previews, they showed a couple of belly dancers that I’d think oughta do something for you.

AGT is one of the perfect shows that justify the invention of the DVR.

There’s so much useless stuff (crowd shots, scenery shots, judge fluff, etc.) that when you DVR it, there’s only about 30 – 35 minutes of stuff worth watching. They could get 5 – 10 more acts in if they’d just stick to highlighting the contestants, rather than the host/emcee, the judges, and the crowd.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
11:35 am

I’m sitting here listening to my Pandora Radio, and Sarah McLaughlin’s “In The Arms of An Angel” is playing, and I immediately started thinking about the kids with the kite on AGT.

That was really something to see.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
11:52 am

To: AI Blogsters
From: Rickster
Re: Previous post

Please delete ’s’ from “kids” in previous post.

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
12:15 pm

Headline of the week: “Daniel Radcliffe on Bieber: I thought he was a girl”

Harry Potter can’t be wrong! I’ve seen pictures of Harry with a horse… he’s a real man. Can’t say the same about the Bieber.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
12:22 pm

What bothers me the most of that headline is the “Daniel Ratcliffe on Bieber.” Brings to mind an image I don’t want to think about. The “I thought he was a girl” sounds like an excuse! :-)

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

Rickster, do you think that Harry wants to use his staff on Beiber? He may carry a wand in the movies, but he is packing a staff in real life. Just being honest.

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
12:28 pm

Sorry Mercedes(aka Siobhan zealot) I left the house just before you emailed me. I’ll post the link but I don’t see any guy in the pictures who reminds me of Adam.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/fashion/24MILAN.html?emc=eta1

And isn’t the “ornamental male” similar to the metrosexual?

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

I can tell you right now that my male is not ornamental and would probably divorce me if I suggested he try it! ;-)

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

Is an “ornamental male” the gender equivalent of a “trophy” wife/girlfriend/etc?

wreckedpizza

June 24th, 2010
1:12 pm

Deirdre’s got male!

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
1:12 pm

Personally, every wife should be a “trophy wife” – ’cause a guy should feel like he won the big prize when he marries up (as I do.) :-)

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
1:17 pm

Thanks, Dee!

Adam lookalike, on the slide show, page 4, far left.

kelly&carriefan

June 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

Harriett, yes. I do agree that a few of them definitely are way below the All Stars. But I just love getting to see Pasha, Dominic, Neil, and Lauren back.

JT, “yeah.”

Ornamental males? Trophy wives…too funny.

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

Pasha did not dominate his partner. She kept right up with him, but Ade’s was a different story. And, I agree about seeing them all back. Love it! You are right about Idol maybe taking a leaf from that book!

Heather MacDonald

June 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

Rickster, I like your approach!! That’s really sweet. :-) Highlander, are you reading this? LOL Just kidding. You’re phenomenal!

Rickster is clueless in modern society

June 24th, 2010
4:11 pm

What is an “ornamental male” anyway?

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
4:21 pm

“Ornamental male” = gigolo in dress-up. Not quite metro-sexual, which to me implies city guy who cleans his nails and uses hair products.

Rodney Ho

June 24th, 2010
4:26 pm

Just interviewed Kris Allen, who is at the Alpharetta AT&T store now. New blog entry up now.

Rodney Ho

June 24th, 2010
4:28 pm

And yes, I was oddly mesmerized by indoor kite kid on AGT. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYKaoq509-U

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
6:48 pm

And JT would be familiar with how gay male porn stars look because . . . .? :-)