So, you won American Idol. Now what?

The storied franchise has launched both massive music stars and flashes in the pan -- but in the end, nabbing that Idol crown isn't the end-all-be-all for career success. In fact, some of Idol's most successful alumni didn't even win!

As we gear up for Idol's farewell season, premiering Jan. 6 on Fox, we take a look back at some of the show’s most successful losers.

Lambert was the runner-up in the show's eighth season, finishing behind Kris Allen in what many dubbed as the biggest upset in Idol history. No matter! Lambert went on to become a multi-platinum, GRAMMY-nominated artist with three studio albums under his belt -- and a high-profile guest role on Glee. Oh, and he's spent the last few years touring with Queen. (No big deal!) On Wednesday, Forbes named Lambert the top earning Idol of 2015 with a career-high of $10 million in earnings.

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