The 17th season of strictly come dancing is ongoing and it is as fun as ever and even much more popular. When the show first started in 2004, it was not half as popular has it has become today and it is thanks to the invention of the social media which has helped in making it as popular as it is today.
You may know all the previous winners, the likely winners this year but do you know how much the celebrities, professional dancers and judges earn to appear on the program? In this article, we will be taking a look at what each judge, professional dancer and celebrities earn for part taking in the strictly come dancing.
According to various reports, each celebrity who signs up for strictly come dancing stand to take home as much as £25,000. That amount, however, increases to £40,000 for celebrities who remain on the dancing floor till October.
Celebrities who get to the quarter-finals of strictly come dancing get extra £20,000 on top of the £40,000 ( which totals up to £60,000 ) and those who get to the semi-finals take home as much as £75,000 and the eventual winners get another £40,000 on top of £60,000.
Celebrities, however, earn more money by going on the live tours. The live tours often take place in the spring of the year after the series. For instance, the live tours for this year’s strictly come dancing show will take place in the spring of 2020.
Although to a mere blogger like myself, the amount of money earned by the celebrities look quite huge but there have been complaints by some of the celebrities about the pay package. Some of the celebrities believe the money they earn is not enough. One of the celebrities who are not happy with the money they are paid is Spice Girl Mel C. She was recently quoted by Daily Star as saying; “Strictly is really the only one of those shows that I would consider. I have had a meeting with them. They ask me every year to do it.
“The problem is if you do Strictly it’s so high profile and you’ll find yourself in the sidebar of shame every day. And the money’s s***!”
Now that we have an idea of how much the celebrities earn, but do the professionals get as much as the celebrities? The answer is No. According to a report by the Sun, each professional who signs up to partake in strictly come dancing get as much as £30,000 for each of the series. However, there have been reports that big gun celebrities such as Anton Du Beke earn as much as £35,000. The discrepancy in appearance fee has led to some of the professionals feeling cheated. And one can hardly fault them. Most of the professional dancers spend as much as 14 hours per day training their partners while the celebrities are known to be responsible for choreographing the weekly group dances!
Back in 2012, there were outcries from the professionals who wanted an increase on their pay packages but while the judges were given a pay boost as big as £20,000 each, for just watching the dancers dance and passing judgment while the dancers who do all the hard work could only get £500.
However, in 2017 ballroom dancer Brendan Cole in an interview he granted to Now magazine was quoted to have said; “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.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli has however told the celebrities who are complaining about the pay package to f off if they are not happy with the amount they are paid; “Those are the terms of the negotiations. If you don’t like it, stop moaning and f**k off!”
To further show the discrepancies in the pay packages, reports have it that likes of Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli take home as much £110,000 for every season of the series. Len Goodman who only joined the panel in 2016 is said to make as much as £120,000. What Shirley Ballas who also recently joined the show earns is however unknown as of the time of writing this article.
Attached below is a study by betway which analysis all strictly come dancing contestants over the last 16 series. With Betway’s infographic, you will be able to predict who is likely to emerge winner of the 17th series of strictly come dancing