Strictly stars' earnings 'REVEALED': Contestants 'paid flat fee'

Strictly Come Dancing stars’ earnings ‘REVEALED’: Contestants ‘paid flat fee which rises throughout series regardless of how famous they are’

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The stars of Strictly Come Dancing reportedly earn a flat fee for appearing on the show, with the amount increasing the further they make it in the competition.

It is claimed the professionals are paid between £35,000 to £50,000 to appear on the show, and they can earn a further £35,000 if they are asked to perform on the Strictly live tour after the series, according to The Sun.

Meanwhile, the famous contestants are said to be paid the same flat fee each, starting at a minimum of £25,000 even if they leave in the first week.

If they make it to week four, they get an additional £40,000, and if they take part in the Blackpool special and the quarter final they get £60,000.

The semi-finalists reportedly bank £75,000 and the winner is said to get a massive £100,000.

Big bucks: The stars of Strictly Come Dancing reportedly earn a flat fee for appearing on the show, with the amount increasing the further they make it in the competition (actor Bobby Brazier and his professional partner Dianne Buswell pictured on show)

Raking it in: The famous contestants are said to be paid the same flat fee each, starting at a minimum of £25,000 even if they leave in the first week (Reality star Zara McDermot and her professional partner Graziano Di Prima pictured on Strictly)

A Strictly spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. 

The competitors are expected to put multiple hours into rehearsing with their professional partners each week before performing live on BBC One every Saturday.

Each week, the professionals choreograph the routines and they may also appear on BBC Two spin-off show Strictly: It Takes Two.

It comes after it was reported the Strictly Come Dancing judgers were locked in a pay row with show bosses ahead of this year’s series.

Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke were allegedly looking to received an 11 percent salary rise ahead of the BBC dance competition show’s new season.

But according to The Sun they accepted an offer of between 3 and 5 per cent.  

Head judge Shirley is reportedly already earning £500,000, Motsi and Craig rake in £200,000, while Anton is believed to be on £180,000. 

A source told the publication ‘There was a real stand off between the judges and the Beeb on this issue, with neither side willing to budge for weeks.

All over: The Strictly Come Dancing judges reportedly recently backed down amid their pay row with BBC bosses

Huge: Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke were allegedly looking to receive an 11 per cent salary rise

‘Thankfully they reached this resolution and are now breathing a sigh of relief and able to look forward to the new series.

‘The show simply felt that curing a cost of living crisis, and at a time when the licence fee has been frozen, they couldn’t justify an 11 per cent rise.’

The insider added that those involved with the show began to feel like the pay row was becoming a distraction from the upcoming 21st series this autumn.

The BBC was contacted by MailOnline for comment on the matter. 

It comes after the show’s professional dancers reportedly slammed the judges for demanding a huge pay rise. 

Despite training for long hours, the dancers – who include Giovanni Pernice, Dianne Buswell and Johannes Radebe – are paid flat fees of around £35,000 for their work on the programme.

The dancers apparently took to their group chat on WhatsApp in the wake of the news to slam the judges and are also considering asking for a pay rise.

BBC bosses were also ‘incandescent with anger’ after the demand for a salary increase. 

Agreement: But according to The Sun they have accepted an offer of between a 3 and 5 per cent rise

Moneybags: The initially requested rise would have seen head judge Ms Ballas, who currently earns £500,000 for her three month stint, earning a staggering £15,960 per hour on the show

A BBC source told the Daily Mail: ‘While there is always some negotiation that goes on when new contracts are signed each year, this is something else.

‘Their jobs are some of the very best on television and they are already very well remunerated for their work so when these negotiations began this time around, there was shock and anger.

‘It is also not like they spend any other time working behind the scenes like the professional dancers. They turn up, get their make up done and go in front of the camera.

‘The professional dancers work tirelessly for weeks on end and they work themselves to the bone for the smidgen of what the judges already earn, let alone what they want to earn.

How much do the Strictly judges earn? 

Shirley Ballas – £500,000

Craig Revel Horwood – £200,000

Motsi Mabuse – £200,000

Anton Du Beke – £180,000

‘You would think that they would be aware that they work for the BBC and that they are essentially paid for by the British public through the licence fee.’

MailOnline contacted representatives for Shirley, Craig, Motsi, Anton, and BBC spokespeople for further comment at the time.

This came after Shirley was reportedly given a ‘take it or leave it’ deal by Strictly bosses to stay on the show, after she revealed she may quit over online trolling. 

The head judge and Latin expert was subjected to much criticism last year in which trolls slammed her decisions and accused her of ageism and sexism.

But despite previously threatening to quit, Shirley has been in talks with bosses over a potential return to Strictly, previously revealing on the Jonathan Ross show that ‘their people are talking to my people’. 

Shirley joined the judging panel as head judge in 2017, following the departure of Len Goodman. 

Shirley recently hinted that she may not return to Strictly Come Dancing this year following the torrent of vile online abuse she received during the last series.

Negotiations: This comes after Shirley was reportedly given a ‘take it or leave it’ deal by Strictly bosses to stay on the show, after she revealed she may quit over online trolling

In a candid interview, she indicated the previous series may have been her last as she’d hit an ‘all-time low’ after the abuse ‘snowballed out of control’.

The ballroom dancer told how she was constantly left in tears after every show and struggled in silence, telling how it was ‘the most negativity’ she had ever faced.

She told the Mirror: ‘Last year I was struggling. It wasn’t just a little bit, it was a lot – the majority of it was in silence. I felt the abuse snowballed out of control and impacted me in such a negative way. I’m a pretty stoic person, and I tend to hold everything in.’

She explained that when the abuse began, it seemed ‘larger than anything else’, with the star telling how it left her ‘crying and emotional’, while she was ’embarrassed’ about how she felt and didn’t confide in anyone.

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 Nigel Harman and Katya Jones

 Bobby Brazier and Diane Buswell

Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe

 Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima

 Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice

 Angela Rippon and Kai Widdrington

 Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley

 Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu

 Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola

 Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk

 Jody Cundy and Jowita Przystał

 Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin

Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez 

 Les Dennis and Nancy Xu

 Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer







Angela Rippon

Age: 78 

Profession: Journalist 

Angela says: ‘Having been a fan of Strictly since day one, and as a former presenter of Come Dancing, this will be quite an adventure for me. A scary one, considering I’m about to be 79. But I’m looking forward to the challenge, and perhaps being able to learn to dance the Argentine Tango.’

Amanda Abbington

Age: 49

Profession: Actress

Amanda says: ‘I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly. I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things.’

Layton Williams

Age: 28

Profession: Actor

Layton says: ‘Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!’

 Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Age: 53

Profession: Journalist

Krishnan says: ‘I’m surprised, delighted and slightly confused to find myself taking part in Strictly on the basis of ‘You only live once!’ I can’t wait to start learning to dance, but I am slightly worried about my general decrepitude.’

Eddie Kadi

Age: 40

Profession: Comedian and radio presenter

Eddie says: ‘WOW. Anyone who knows me, understands that music and dance is so important and central to who I am. I’m so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 Team. I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. This is going to be a VIBE.

Angela Scanlon

Age: 39

Profession: TV presenter

Angela says: ‘I’m not particularly fit, I’ve no idea how my pelvic floor is going to react to this dancing. I’ve never done any dances apart from drunken jiving at a wedding!’ 

Zara McDermott 

Age: 26

Profession: Documentary maker and former Love Island star

Zara says: ‘I am so excited to be joining the world of Strictly! I grew up watching it every year with my nan and she was the biggest Strictly fan. We would dance around the house and I have such fond memories of that time in my life.’

Adam Thomas 

Age: 34 

Profession: Actor and presenter

Adam says: ‘I can’t dance to save my life but I’m buzzing to learn and have a good laugh with my pro. Get me on that dance floor…I can’t wait!’

Nikita Kanda 

Age: 27

 Profession: Radio and TV presenter

Nikita says: ‘I can’t believe I’m going to be on Strictly. This is a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself. I don’t think it will properly sink in until I step onto the dancefloor. I can’t wait to get glammed up and get out there. Throw the glitter on me!’

Ellie Leach 

Age: 22

Profession:  Coronation Street star

Ellie says: ‘It still doesn’t feel real that I’m going to be doing Strictly!! It’s always been a dream of mine so I guess dreams really do come true!!!!’

Jody Cundy 

Age: 44

Profession:  Paralympic champion 

Jody says: ‘I’m looking forward to the challenge and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, especially as I’m always last onto the dance floor. Can’t wait to get stuck in, bring on the glitter and sequins.’

Bobby Brazier 

Age: 20

Profession:  EastEnders star and model 

Bobby says: ‘I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly line up, I can’t wait to start training like a professional dancer and adding a few moves to my locker. I’m looking forward to performing in-front of everyone.’

Nigel Harman 

Age: 49 

Profession:  Actor

Nigel says: ‘I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it’s my turn…..gulp!’

Annabel Croft 

Age: 57 

Profession:  Broadcaster and ex tennis player

Annabel says: ‘I have always loved watching Strictly and can’t quite believe I’m going to be part of this magical show – swapping tennis balls for glitter balls and looking forward to finding some joyfulness in the process.’

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