Carrie Underwood has been named the top-earning American Idol alumni.
The country music star and 2005 winner topped Forbes magazine's annual list thanks to her staggering $31 million income over the last year, with a sell-out tour, albums and beauty deals under her belt.
Kelly Clarkson, the first ever Idol winner, came in second place with $7 million with the earnings of two albums and concerts, each scoring her quarter of a million dollars. The third spot on the list is a surprise tie between season 8 winner Adam Lambert, who landed a guest role on Glee, and 2012 winner Phillip Phillips, with $5 million each. The lesser-known Phillips' winner's single "Home" fared better than any in the show's history, shifting over 4 million copies.
Chris Daughtry was third with $4 million thanks to performing over 80 shows with his eponymous rock band. Baby-faced country singer Scott McCreery ranked sixth with earnings of $3 million, while season 5 winner Taylor Hicks - who is the only Idol alumni with a Las Vegas-residency - came seventh. Broadway star Fantasia Barrino, Dancing with the Stars contestant Kellie Pickler, Smash singer-and-actress Katharine McPhee and Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson rounded out the top 10.
Elisha Cuthbert has been named the most beautiful woman on TV. The Happy Endings star has been awarded the annual title by the editors of Maxim magazine and admits the honor is "very flattering."
The 30-year-old blonde beauty said, "To think that one person could be the most beautiful when there's Kaley Cuoco, Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel? They're all stunning. I'm not gonna fight anyone about it, though. I'll accept it with grace. But being on a show with two other beautiful women [Casey Wilson and Eliza Coupe], this is gonna make going to work very uncomfortable. I don't know, this might be a curse."
The former 24 star also admits that she has no problem being an object of lust and thinks that her character as a porn star in the 2004 movie The Girl Next Door was a huge hit because she was subtly sexy: "To be honest, I think one reason guys liked that character so much is because I didn't go fully nude. My character really could be the girl of every guy's dreams, instead of having them see her naked and going, 'Oh, that's not my thing.' Remember Weird Science? Kelly LeBrock never got naked. She didn't show you everything. I think that's why it resonated with more men than it probably should have."
Sofia Vergara has been named the highest-earning television actress.
The Modern Family star earned around $19 million between May 2011 and May 2012, thanks to her role on the show, endorsement and licensing deals - including a clothing line at KMart and advertising campaigns for Diet Pepsi, Burger King and Cover Girl - and earnings from her media company LatinWE, figures compiled by Forbes magazine show.
The acclaimed financial tome placed Kim Kardashian in second place with $18 million over the same time period, $7 million more than her sister Khloe Kardashian, who placed fifth, made in that year.
Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria ranked third thanks to her $15 million earnings. While she and her co-stars on the drama - Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross - all earned around $8 million for the final series of the show, Eva's earnings were boosted by endorsement deals with L'Oreal and Pepsi Next, sales of her cookbook, two fragrances and earnings from other acting roles.
Last fall, I took a moment to air a nagging question I had about Pushing Daisies. This time around, I have a list of thoughts concerning a show I’ve watched more times than I could possibly count.
When I was a young child, I became addicted to episodes of Little House on the Prairie. Now, thanks to the Hallmark Channel, I could continue watching the show at least 4x a day.
And while I love the program, years of watching the series have left me with a bunch of questions. Questions in some cases that could never be answered. I merely present my random musings to those who might enjoy a trip back through Walnut Grove.
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