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Just in time for the Season 13 premiere of American Idol, Forbes released their annual roundup of the top-earning alums from the reality show. Despite it’s declining ratings, the show still produces viable platinum-selling artists. Just look at previous winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips who’ve reversed the downward trend that hit rock bottom when Lee DeWyze took the Season 9 crown. It’s too early to tell if reigning champ Candice Glover can maintain the momentum, but I have high hopes.

After losing the title last year, Carrie Underwood earns bragging rights among her fellow Idols. According to the publication, Underwood earned $31 million from June 2012 through June 2013. Just to punctuate how huge that is, her earnings exceeded the annual earnings of last year’s judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Carrie’s total comes from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, highly-successful tour and multiple endorsement deals.

Phillips makes his debut on the list by scoring the most successful coronation song in Idol history. “Home” sold more than four million copies. He ties for third place with Adam Lambert. The person you’ll be shocked that made the cut is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. For the longest time, he was perceived as the worst Idol winner (that is before DeWyze came along). The Soul Patrol leader earns his spot by being the first and only Idol act to have a Vegas residency at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Check out the Top 10 list below. I’ve also added clips/music videos from each former Idol contestant to familiarize yourself with their recent work.

check out the entire list after the jump

Since I recapped the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 16, I thought I’d bookend the season by quickly discussing the finale. Another reason I wanted to write this post was to publicly pat myself on the back for doing a pretty good job with my pre-season predictions.

With exception to Dorothy Hamill (how was I supposed to know she’d injure herself week two?), I correctly guessed the first five eliminations. In addition, two of Season 16′s finalists were in my predicted Final 3. My track record with DWTS was a million times better than American Idol this season and I don’t even recap the dancing competition. Enough stroking my ego, let’s get to the results.

find out who won after the jump

DWTS Season 16: Week 1 Performances

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After watching the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, I feel content with the predictions I made prior to the first telecast. Most of the celebrities performed as I thought they would with a couple notable exceptions. Both Andy Dick and Wynonna Judd impressed and entertained with their debut performances. That said, I still think they’re going to be eliminated within the first five weeks.

The stars had to dance either a cha cha cha, a foxtrot or a contemporary on the first night. With no results show until Tuesday, March 26, all of them get a second chance to impress viewers next Monday. Check out all the performances below and find out which ones were my three favorites and worst pick.

check out all the performances after the jump

DWTS Season 16: Predicting The Final Three

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After going with an All-Stars edition, Dancing With The Stars is going back to basics for Season 16. While I enjoyed seeing returning favorites, I’m looking forward to tonight’s season premiere. While the star wattage isn’t as high as in previous seasons, I already have a few people I’m rooting for. Lisa Vanderpump, I’m talking about you.

Getting a first look at the “celebrities” with their professional partners is always exciting to watch. While I do enjoy witnessing the trainwrecks, I’m more stoked to see who comes bursting out of the gates gunning for the mirrorball trophy. Check out my predictions on how Season 16′s stars will fare.

The Early Boots

Without a doubt, Andy Dick will be one of the first to go. I just can’t see the 47-year-old comedian having any sort of rhythm. Former ABC sitcom star DL Hughley might have some dancing prowess, but don’t think he has the fan base to support him. Speaking of fans, everyone knows that country music has diehard ones. Normally I would put Wynonna Judd higher, but with Kellie Pickler also in the competition, I think Judd will suffer and be ousted early.

Also in this bunch is my favorite Lisa Vanderpump. While popular with Housewives addicts (myself included), she probably isn’t well known outside the Bravo universe. Hopefully her signature wit and sass will win over new fans quickly. Last in this list is boxer Victor Ortiz. I’m sure when it comes to demographics, there isn’t much crossover between DWTS and boxing watchers. His chances aren’t helped by being saddled with new professional, Lindsay Arnold either. I thoroughly believe, viewers also vote for their favorite pros.

check out my predictions after the jump

My favorite part of every Dancing With The Stars season is the first episode. After weeks of buildup and buzz, we finally get to see who has the stuff to take it all the way and who’s there simply for fodder and ratings. This season that title goes to Andy Dick. I just can’t see the Newsradio star doing well. Poor Sharna Burgess. After spending several seasons in the Dance Troupe, she finally gets promoted to the big time, but saddled with Dick. LOL. With that said, the duo looks like they having lots of fun in their official promo photo.

ABC just released all the competing stars with their professional partners. This crop of wannabe hoofers doesn’t have the star wattage as previous ones, but I’m really looking forward to this season. We have new pro blood in the form of STYCYD alum Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and the aforementioned Burgess. Based on first impressions Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy have the best chemistry with their stars. Check out all the photos below.

check out all the photos after the jump

Dancing With The Stars: Season 16 Cast Announced

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Dancing With The Stars is back with a new cast of celebrities ready to throw on their dancing shoes and compete for the mirrorball trophy, alongside their talented professional partners. The new cast were announced by hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet on GMA this morning, along with the cast members for this season.

As with every season, there is quite the mix of celebrities that include country music stars, comedians, actors, Olympians and pro athletes, reality stars, and as usual, one token Disney star.

The new season begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour season premiere from 8-10pm ET, with the results show taking place the following week on Tuesday, March 26 at 9/10pm ET. Check out the cast of DWTS Season 16 below and vote for who you think will win this season.

Meet the cast after the jump…

Since we’re in the Hollywood Week phase of American Idol Season 12, I thought it was a perfect time to catch up on some of our favorite alums. We’re one step closer to crowning this year’s winner. He/She or some of this season’s finalists might find themselves on this list in the coming years.

Forbes recently released their annual list ranking former American Idol contestants. Taking into account record sales, concert tours, acting jobs and other money-making gigs, the publication gives the low down on the earning power of your favorite Idol alums.

Last year’s top dog Carrie Underwood, loses her crown and drops to runner-up status. Making his debut on the list is Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery. He clocks in at No. 4. His addition bumps off Fantasia Barrino and Clay Aiken from the list. The two ranked No. 4 and No. 9 respectively on the previous rankings. Check out who’s the HBIC on the Idol campus now. I think you might have a good idea. Here’s a hint… they’re “stronger” than ever. I’ve also embedded each singer’s most recent music video below for those who aren’t familiar with everyone’s post-Idol career. Hope you enjoy the list.

check out the Forbes ranking after the jump

I’m not sure what it is but it’s like Anderson Cooper came out of the closet and with him came a whole lot of confidence, attitude and opinion. Lindsay Lohan was his first target by telling her to just “do her job.” Next in the line of fire? Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Teresa Giudice who was a guest on Anderson Live yesterday.

Anderson along with co-star for the day, Kellie Pickler were asking Teresa about the heated reunion show in which Teresa had said to Caroline Manzo, “you’ve got three rolls of fat.” Teresa quickly went on the defensive in explaining herself saying, “I had four women attacking me. I did nothing to any of them.” But, Anderson decided to chime in by saying, “no matter who’s attacking you, you don’t need to say to somebody, ‘you’ve got three rolls of fat.’” Teresa quickly replied back by saying, “you know what she said to me?” to which Anderson responded “I don’t care. You’re not 12 years old.” AH-MAZING! Watch Anderson and Teresa throw down below.

Watch the hilarious, yet awkward video after the jump.

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