Katharine McPhee almost finished first place in the fifth season of “American Idol,” and only narrowly lost to Taylor Hicks in the finale. This didn’t stop her from pursuing a successful career in both music and entertainment. Her debut album ended up becoming a best-selling self-titled album and ironically reached second place on the Billboard charts as well.
McPhee used her newfound fame and fortune to pursue a career in acting as well. She has appeared in a few successful TV shows since, with the most notable role being Karen Cartwright on the NBC show, “Smash.” The singer and actress has since married 16-time Grammy award-winning Canadian musician, David Foster, who is worth about $80 million himself.
Taylor Hicks - $2 Million
Let’s just say that Taylor Hicks didn’t have the smoothest of launches after winning the fifth season of "American Idol." The veteran singer was immediately signed with a label, but his self-titled debut album underperformed and only reached second place at the time. This caused the label to drop him and put the rest of his career in a big question mark.
Luckily, the "American Idol" winner decided that he was not going to give up and continued on his own way. His next album was aptly called 'The Distance," and ended up peaking at number 58 on the Billboard chart. Hicks enjoyed a moderate amount of success ever since, both in his singing career and in various other entertainment and artistic ventures.
Nick Fradiani - $1 Million
Nick Fradiani is one of the recent winners of "American Idol," finishing first in the 2015 season of the popular singing show. Unfortunately, his well-deserved victory did not materialize into a commercially successful musical debut. His first and only album only sold around 5,000 copies, which is extremely low considering the amount of press he received.
Regardless of his initial commercial performance, Nick Fradiani has become a millionaire at this point, and will forever be the 2015 winner of "American Idol." It’s definitely not too late for the singer to have his first hit. Sometimes it just takes a while to really hit a chord with fans. We’ll have to see how his musical career comes along, but we’re quite optimistic about it!
Bo Bice - $2 Million
Bo Bice almost became the winner of "American Idol's" fourth season, but lost by a hair to Carrie Underwood, who went on to become a massively popular singer. Although he failed to secure the victory, that doesn’t mean the singer didn’t do exceptionally well on his own. One of his albums, "The Real Thing," ended up reaching number three on the charts and went gold.
Outside of his singing career, Bice used his fame to position himself as a small-time TV actor as well. He appeared in a couple of shows, including a highly entertaining episode of "American Chopper" that included a musical motorcycle. The singer has accomplished much in his career, from becoming the lead singer of "Blood, Sweat & Tears" to securing a net worth of over $2,000,000.
Brittany Kerr - $60 Million
Kerr was eliminated quite early in the show, and never really got a chance to get the media attention and publicity she wanted. What makes her different, however, is that the singer is quite possibly richer than the first thirty contestants on our list combined. You see, she’s married to country star Jason Aldean, who has a net worth of over $60 Million.
Regardless of whatever professional choices she may take in her singing career, let’s just say that Kerr has secured herself financially. During auditions, she managed to showcase her charm and abilities and even got both Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson practically drooling over her. Still, you need the singing abilities to back it up, and apparently, this one didn’t.