Strictly Come Dancing is one of the BBC’s biggest shows so it’s not that surprising that winning it gets your a fair amount of cash.
But while the winner of the BBC’s primetime show earns a hefty fee, the same can’t be said for every contestant taking part.
How much are the Strictly Come Dancing contestants paid?
Each celebrity who signs up for the talent show is given a standard £25,000 amount. If they manage stay in until the end of October, they then receive an extra £15,000, taking their total to £40,000.
The stars who then manage to make it to the quarter finals get an extra £20,000 on top of that.
The Strictly Winner will receive a fee of £100,000.
Anyone who signs up to the live tour – which takes place in the Spring – can also be in for making some more cash on top of their show fee.
The Times revealed that the exact amount the star’s are paid was allowed to be kept secret after the new BBC Chairman Sir David Clementi backed keeping the “pay loophole”.
The BBC had to disclose the salaries of its highest earners earlier this year, but fewer stars will have their pay revealed as some shows are moving to BBC Studios, an independent production company – including Strictly – which means their pay can be kept secret.
How much do the professionals get paid?
According to reports, the professional dancers are paid roughly £30,000 per series, though some of the veteran performers, such as Anton Du Beke, are said to earn slightly more.
With the long hours they put in (they can work up to 14 hour days training the celebrities), some think they should be making more.
In 2012 the dancers weren’t happy when the received just £500 extra while the judges got a £20,000 raise.
“My money from Strictly just about pays the bills. I don’t have a car. I would like to get one, but until then I’m on the Tube.
“I don’t even own my house. I can’t afford it. I rent where I live,” Brendan Cole told Now magazine at the time.
But judge Bruno Tonioli fired back, saying: “Those are the terms of the negotiations. If you don’t like it, stop moaning and f**k off!”
How much do the judges get paid?
Judges Bruno, Darcy Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood are believed to earn around £110,000 for their Strictly spots. Shirley Ballas ‘ pay is unknown.
“Strictly Come Dancing is Saturday night fun. The pay’s not amazing,” Craig previously said of his earnings.
“The majority of the money comes from directing and royalties. Someone once did an expose of what the judges earned, and it was below the poverty line.”
When is Strictly Come Dancing 2018 back on BBC One?
Strictly Come Dancing is back with a red carpet event on Monday, August 27. The launch show will be filmed on Friday 31 August .
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