American Idol was a bona fide cultural phenomenon, making superstars out of the most unlikely of people. And while millions of viewers tuned in every week to see the judges dress down contestants, some of those hopefuls actually walked away from the show and straight into million-dollar deals. Here are the 20 richest Idol alumni, who could never have imagined that a simple TV audition would change their lives so much.
20. Bo Bice – $1.5 million
Bo Bice lost the fourth season of American Idol to Carrie Underwood, but apparently he didn’t actually want to win anyway. In fact, in 2005 he told Rolling Stone magazine that during the Idol finale he prayed, “Please, God, don’t let me win this thing.” And now, while he might not have the vast fortune Underwood has, he’s happily married with a family and making more than enough to support them.