The Big Money Winners on “American Idol” | Time
06 Apr 2016
For the last 15 years, American Idol has been bringing us different singers and musicians. To commemorate its final episodes, MONEY took a look at the numbers behind the singing competition. There have been 11 judges during American Idol’s run, but Ryan Seacrest has always been the host. In 2009, he signed a contract for $15 million.
Adam Lambert made a reported $10 million in 2015 thanks to his reunion tour with the rock band Queen. Country singer Carrie Underwood made $8 million and Chris Daughtry made $6 million.