American Idol is responsible for some of the best, and worst performances when it comes to singing. The show is well known for featuring some of the most hilarious bad auditions ever seen, but also has some of the most competitive and tense competitions in the genre. While every season begins with a heavy mix of great and terrible singers, once the actual competition starts, things get really serious.
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Many singers who won the title of American Idol have gone on to create incredible careers for themselves. We’ve tracked their progress, and ranked them by the most financially successful finalists from the show. One thing is for sure; they all have some of the most inspiring stories of hard work, dedication, and eventual payoff. Take a look at the wealthiest American Idol participants who started off on the show.