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Forbes Names Carrie Underwood Top-Earning 'American Idol' of 2009

Forbes' just-unveiled list of 2009 Top-Earning "American Idol" contestants sees country singing sensation Carrie Underwood securing the No. 1 spot. Winner of the hit singing competition's 4th season is listed to have taken in an estimated $14 million earnings in the last year alone. The tally reportedly comes from her touring income, recording royalties and endorsement deals. Coming in 2nd place is Jennifer Hudson. The finalist of the 3rd season of "Idol" is said earning $5 million during 2008, an amount which is believed to have been bolstered by her endorsement deal with GAP. The 3rd Top-Earning "Idol" in the list is Kelly Clarkson, whose earning is estimated at $4.2 million. Winner of " American Idol " season 6, Jordin Sparks, also makes the list, banking an estimated $3.1 million in the past year, Forbes reports. Rounding out the Top 5 is Kellie Pickler, having made $2.3 million, thanks to the strong sales of her albums and her Sexy Hair product endorsement deal. Forbes' Top 10 "Idol" Earners of 2009: 1. Carrie Underwood - $14 million 2. Jennifer Hudson - $5 million 3. Kelly Clarkson - $4.2 million 4. Jordin Sparks - $3.1 million 5. Kellie Pickler - $2.3 million 6. Clay Aiken - $2.2 million 7. Chris Daughtry - $2 million 8. David Cook - $2 million 9. David Archuleta - $1.3 million 10. Taylor Hicks - $300,000 Source here

Video: Black Eyed Peas and More Singing in 'American Idol' Finale

Video performances from the star-studded result show of " American Idol " finale have been found, featuring Black Eyed Peas, David Cook and many more. Black Eyed Peas shared the stage with the Top 13 girls and sang Stacy Ferguson's single "Glamorous", while David performed solo with his song "Permanent". Other musicians rocking the May 20 result night were Jason Mraz, Keith Urban, Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie and Carlos Santana. Jason delivered his hit single "I'm Yours" with Anoop Desai, Alexis Grace and the rest of the Top 13, while Keith made a duet with this season's Idol winner Kris Allen, singing "Kiss the Girl". Furthermore Cyndi collaborated with Allison Iraheta, delivering "Time After Time", and Lionel performed "All Night Long" alongside Danny Gokey. As for Carlos, he appeared with a few of the Top 13, singing "Black Magic Woman" and "Smooth". Beside being glittered with performances from those singers, the Idol show also lined up Steve Martin, Rod Stewart, Queen and Queen Latifah as other musical guests. Steve took the mic with Megan Joy and Michael Sarver, performing the rendition of "Pretty Flowers", while Rod joined forces with the Top 13 boys in a song called "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy". Queen, on the other hand, teamed up with Adam Lambert and Kris in hit single "We Are the Champions". Source & Video

Kris Allen Wants to Enjoy Married Life Post Winning 'American Idol' Title - Featured

Interviewed by E! News backstage after being announced as winner of " American Idol " eight season on Wednesday, May 20, Kris Allen said he is longing to enjoy his married life with wife Katy Allen, whom he married to in September last year. "We haven't been able to be married for the last nine months," he said. "She's amazing. She's just the coolest chick in the world. Hopefully, me and my wife will get to spend some more time together." On getting the Ford Fusion for winning the singing competition, Kris jokingly said, "I think my wife is more excited about it than I am." He then quickly added, "[But] I try to be very eco-friendly." In addition to the new ride, Kris will also sign a recording contract to release an album. Asked about his speech on-stage upon winning the "American Idol" title, during when he said fellow contestant Adam Lambert deserved to win, Kris explained, "I actually feel that. He deserves this just as much as I do. He's an amazing performer and a gifted guy. And a really amazing guy. It was fun doing this with him. Adam does his thing and I'm going to do mine. That's what I did throughout this whole competition and I think it worked. Obviously, it worked." Source Here

Adam Lambert Stays Positive With 2nd-Place Finish in 'American Idol'

Finishing second at " American Idol " finale after losing the competition to fellow contestant Kris Allen, Adam Lambert stays positive. "First or second, it doesn't matter to me; I got to sing with two great heroic rock bands," he told OK! Magazine in the wake of winner announcement on Wednesday, May 20. "I felt so good. I got to sing with Queen and KISS!" The 27-year-old guy, furthermore, admitted he wasn't surprised with the result. "I knew it was going to be a close race," he claimed. "I think Kris is incredibly talented and he's a good person, so to me it was like, we know it's going to be close; whatever happens, happens. We've made it this far, got to do a really cool finale and we're both going to get to do great things now in the future." He then continued, "For me, it's not really about what happens tonight. It's about tomorrow. It's about next", adding, "I know that we're going to start working on some music right away, and that's what I can't wait to do - to collaborate, to write, to co-write and create visuals that go along with the music, too. I think that's going to be really exciting." Kris Allen himself accepted the honor as winner of "American Idol" eight season with a humble heart. On-stage after hearing his name called as the new champion, he said, "It feels good, man, but Adam deserves this ... I'm sorry. I don't even know what to feel right now. This is crazy. Thank you so much." After that he cried on his wife Katy Allen's shoulder. Source Here

Carrie Underwood - At the American Idol Season 8 Grand Finale in LA, May 20

Carrie Underwood, who won the fourth season of American Idol, was a guest and a performer at the show's eighth season finale yesterday (May 20) in Los Angeles. Carrie posed for the cameras on the red... See the pics here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - Featured

* American Idol (8 pm/ET Fox) The epic sing-off signs off in tonight's Season 8 finale. It's been a zigzaggy, sing-songy journey - a four-month, spaced-out odyssey that rocketed through the preliminary auditions (remember Bikini Girl?), the Hollywood rounds, catty group performances and the cuts at the judges' mansion. (Got drama, Tatiana?) Over 100,000 hopefuls auditioned this season, and it all comes down to the Top 2 and the crowning of either Kris Allen or Adam Lambert. On tap is a big pop celebration with special performances, surprise guests and a reunion of the Top 13. From the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. * The New Adventures of Old Christine (8 pm/ET CBS) Richard and New Christine's wedding day arrives with pranks, tears and quite a few surprises. The laugh-rich Season 4 finale reunites Christine with father-of-the-bride Papa Jeff (Scott Bakula), whom she dumped but is now suddenly hot for again. Romance sparks for Barb, too, with one of Richard's single friends, and Matthew continues his giddy pursuit of the bride's adventurous sister, who is determined to spice up the proceedings with a little naughty fun. * Criminal Minds (9 pm/ET CBS) The fourth season comes to a close with two back-to-back episodes that send the agents on a chase that takes them across the U.S. border. It begins in Detroit, where the BAU searches for a serial killer who targets those on the fringe of society. It concludes with the team pursuing the psychopath into Canada, where an agent's life is threatened. * Blueprint America: Road to the Future (8 pm/ET PBS) Will the influx of federal stimulus money to the states and localities be used wisely or just used? This timely documentary from former CNN reporter Miles O'Brien explores the nation's present and future infrastructure and transportation needs, and highlights innovative projects that are being considered or developed in Denver, New York City and Portland, Ore. * Clean House: Search for the Messiest Home in the Country (10 pm/ET Style) Niecy Nash and her team of clean freaks scoured the nation to find the seven messiest, cluttered and overall disgusting houses in the U.S. for this new limited series. And they found them! Seven homes. Seven states. The brave cleaning crew begins their chores in St. Louis with a family that includes three monkeys who sleep with their owners. Eeewww! Source Here

Analyzing Idol's Top 2: Was Kris Able to Close the Gap?

During these final weeks of American Idol , as each sing-off signed off, has checked in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini to get their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judges' review most rang true. For this final week, Caldwell weighs in on finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen and whether this season could turn out to deliver one of the closest votes ever. To Read More Click here .

Kara DioGuardi Poses for "Divine" PETA Ad

Kara DioGuardi hopes to be an idol - or better yet, an angel - for dogs. The American Idol judge is the newest face of PETA's Angels for Animals campaign. She posed with her Chihuahua Tikki for a "divine" new ad. Wearing angel wings, and with golden light emanating from her head, DioGuardi urges you to "Walk your dogs every day. Don't ever crate or chain them." DioGuardi, who formed a charity that helps homeless and needy animals, says Tikki gave her newfound appreciation for animal welfare. "What I think people can do to help animals is just be sensitive to them - be aware when you see an animal in the street that's wounded or one that looks lost," she tells PETA. "They're really sweet, precious souls, and they need to be treated accordingly." Source Here

Video: Carrie Underwood Singing in 'American Idol' Finale

Video footage from " American Idol " finale featuring Carrie Underwood's live appearance has just been put out. Wearing black outfit, the winner of the Idol season four delivered a cover version of Motley Crue's 1985 track "Home Sweet Home", which serves as this season's farewell song. Prior to her performance, the Idol remaining contestants Kris Allen and Adam Lambert sang for the judges and the audience. Adam sang Tears for Fears' "Mad World" and Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come", while Kris performed Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". Greater than that, they also showcased their rendition of the winning song "No Boundaries". The "American Idol" finale is divided into two parts. The first part, which features Carrie, has been aired on Tuesday, May 19. Meanwhile, the other one will be broadcast on May 20 with star-studded performances from Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie, Carlos Santana, Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah, Keith Urban, David Cook and Steve Martin. Source & Video

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

* Dancing with the Stars (9 pm/ET ABC) And the winner is...Tonight, we find out if Melissa Rycroft, Gilles Marini or Shawn Johnson takes home Season 8's coveted mirror-ball trophy after they each perform a final dance. Then the three of them must endure being roasted by comedian Jeffrey Ross. In addition, Lady Gaga performs, and a winner of the professional dancer contest is chosen. In the end, the "replacement," the formerly little-known Frenchman or the young Olympian gets to add Dancing with the Stars champion to his or her resume. * American Idol (8 pm/ET Fox) It wasn't okeydokey for Gokey last week. Oh Danny boy put forth a sterling effort this season, his magnetic charm and husky vocals carrying him to the Top 3. But three's company, and despite his knockout delivery of "You Are So Beautiful," a record-setting 88 million votes didn't turn his way. So that takes us to tonight's penultimate episode, the final performance edition featuring the Top 2. In one corner: front-runner Adam Lambert, with his high-registered Plant-esque wail and Presley swagger. In the other: Kris Allen, a dark horse with strong giddyup, evidenced by his intoxicating spin on Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," perhaps one of Season 8's best performances. * The Mentalist (9 pm/ET CBS) After his turn as the dark and dubious lead character in The Guardian, Simon Baker has found success as the charming and complex Patrick Jane. And as the first season of the crime drama comes to a close, Jane may get the chance to capture his nemesis, Red John. A girl is murdered, her twin sister is abducted, and the case seems to point to Red John, but Lisbon has reason to believe that the killer is also orchestrating a trap to lure Jane. * Glee (9:01 pm/ET Fox) Disney might own the High School Musical franchise, but Fox has... the glee club. Snicker at this nerdiness if you will, but creator Ryan Murphy ( Nip/Tuck ), adds no small amount of edge (lower-key than on Nip/Tuck - this isn't FX ) as he introduces us to William McKinley High's ensemble, New Directions. In the pilot, club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) even gets a jock to join his nerds. Of course, he must use subterfuge to do it. Glee is scheduled to begin its regular run in the fall. * 90210 (9 pm/ET The CW ) Prom night turns out to be a revelatory, life-changing event for some of West Beverly's teens as Season 1 ends. Adrianna goes into labor and finds herself with more than just Navid for support when Brenda shows up at the hospital. At the after-party, Annie reacts in a surprising manner to Naomi's accusations about Liam and storms off to do something she's sure to regret. And tempers continue to run high when Dixon and Ethan come to blows over Silver. Now that's a season finale! Source Here