Though "Idol’s" judges and producers earn far more than its contestants, some of the show’s most successful alums have gone on to have lucrative careers in music and film. And though "Idol" still collects a sizeable chunk of recent winners’ paychecks—up to half, in some cases—the show still serves as a viable launching pad. Read on to see which former contestants made the most last year.
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