It's official: Candice Glover is the Season 12 “American Idol” champion. She's the first female victor since Jordin Sparks won in 2007 and the fifth girl overall to ever win the singing competition. Now, the question is if Glover will go on to become one of the most successful "Idol" winners of all time. She'll have these folks to compete with:
5. Fantasia Barrino
Soulful singer Fantasia Barrino won Season 3 of “American Idol” in 2004 at the age of 19. She took home a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her tune “Bittersweet” and made Forbes’ list of “Top-Earning American Idols of 2012,” coming in at No. 4 with $4 million.
Barrino recently debuted her latest album “Side Effects Of You,” which went to No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and houses the single “Without Me” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. However, things haven’t always been good for Barrino: she lost her $1 million mansion in April.
4. David Cook
Rocker David Cook was the Season 7 “American Idol” winner in 2008, and Celebrity Net Worth reports that he has $5 million in earnings. Unfortunately, Cook was dropped from RCA Records in 2012, but has bounced back with a new single titled “Laying Me Low,” released in April.
3. Jordin Sparks
In 2007, Jordin Sparks became the youngest winner of “American Idol,” coming out victorious in Season 6 at the tender age of 17. She has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million and has sold over 1.2 million albums in the United States alone. Sparks also starred alongside Whitney Houston in the legendary singer’s last movie before her death, “Sparkle.”
2. Kelly Clarkson
As the first person to win “American Idol,” Kelly Clarkson has had a successful career, winning three Grammy Awards and has an estimated $24 million in net worth. That number may have changed in the last year as she released her "Greatest Hits: Chapter 1" in November 2012, which features her latest single “People Like Us” and has sold over 331,000 as of this past March.
She also spent most of 2012 on her “Stronger” tour.
1. Carrie Underwood
In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Underwood revealed that fame hasn’t always been easy for her.
"At the beginning of my career, I used to have panic attacks,” she explained. “People were touching me, screaming -- it made me really nervous. In public, I just get nervous. It's a physical reaction, feeling like the walls are closing in. The fans are great. It's not their fault. I don't ever want to come across as ungrateful. But on my end, it is hard for me to process. Because I am still just me."
Check out Underwood performing her new single “See You Again” during Season 12 of “American Idol.”