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Forbes.com: The 10 Top-Earning 'American Idols' of 2012

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5. Jennifer Hudson ($3 Million)

Though she didn’t actually win "Idol", the season three contestant continues her rise. With a "Dreamgirls" role and two gold albums under her belt, Hudson earned terrific reviews for her performance of Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You" at last year’s Grammys. She also added to her coffers with a Weight Watchers endorsement deal and fitness memoir "I Got This."
(AP)

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