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Carrie Underwood continues reign as highest-earning American Idol star

Pregnant Carrie Underwood has retained her title as American Idol's top-earning star for the second consecutive year.

The Before He Cheats hitmaker topped the Forbes magazine poll in 2013 with $31 million in earnings, and she has repeated the feat again for 2014, although her takings have dropped to $10 million .

She beats new mom Kelly Clarkson, who places second with $8 million , despite spending much of 2014 away from the spotlight.

Idol's 2011 champion Phillip Phillips, who raked in $5 million last year (14), is third, while country singer Scotty McCreery and Taylor Hicks tie at number four on the annual earnings countdown.

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