When Strictly Come Dancing debuted in 2004, it quickly became one of the most popular shows on British television.
The BBC’s blockbuster programme, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, is now in its 20th season, and people are still enthralled with it.
A new season for 2023 is due to begin tonight, with a fresh cast of superstars ready to go to the dancefloor, including Zara McDermott from Love Island, Bobby Brazier from EastEnders, and Krishnan Guru Murthy from Channel 4.
Head judge Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and the famously difficult-to-please Craig Revel Horwood deliver their judgement on the stars’ dance abilities.
The stars will have to contend with hours of gruelling practises, the entire nation monitoring their every move, and the Strictly curse.
So, how much do they all get paid to be on Strictly Come Dancing?
Here’s all you need to know about the incomes of the participants, judges, and professional dancers.
How much do the Strictly celebrities get paid?
While the BBC has remained tight-lipped regarding the celebrity’ salary for ballroom dancing, rumours say they each get a fixed sum of £25,000.
However, if the stars can learn the mambo and impress the judges with their Waltz in the first few weeks of the competition, the prize money will be increased to £40,000.
Celebrities who go to the quarter-finals will see their pay increase to £60,000, while finalists will get £75,000.
And the winner will not only receive bragging rights and the Glitterball Trophy, but will also walk away with £100,000.
How much do the professionals on Strictly get paid?
The professional dancer roster may change from time to time, with old favourites like as Oti Mabuse leaving, but according to sources, they are all paid the same wage.
To feature on the show, dancers such as Gorka Márquez, Graziano Di Prima, and Vito Coppola are given a fixed fee ranging from £35,000 to £50,000.
They may, however, supplement their BBC earnings by participating in the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour and, of course, use the behemoth series’ platform to hustle for additional engagements.
How much do the Strictly Come Dancing judges get paid?
Head judge Shirley began on £180,000 when she joined the show in 2017 but has since negotiated a pay rise up to a whopping £500,000 per series, according to The Sun.
Craig, on the other hand, began off on a £110,000 salary when he joined the programme in 2004.
According to The Sun, he made £180,000 more than a decade later, which increased to £200,000 by 2020.
When Motsi joined the Strictly judging panel in 2019, she was allegedly promised a starting salary of £200,000. Her current hourly rate is unknown.
Former pro dancer Anton took to the judging panel in place of Bruno Tonioli, who resigned to focus on Dancing With The Stars.
According to the Sun, the 56-year-old earns between £175,000 and £200,000 every year.
Strictly 2023 starts on BBC One tonight at 6/35pm.
Source My Celebrity Life.