Celebs are working hard for the money! The dance reality series, Dancing With The Stars hit the television screens on ABC in the year 2005. At that time, the show was an instant hit and it continues to be one of the most watched shows today.
Over the years, we have witnessed many changes in the dance show, Dancing With The Stars including the salaries of the contestants as well as professional dancers. Keep scrolling further to catch deep insights about the salaries of the contestants and the pros of the dance reality show.
How much do the stars and pros earn from the reality show ‘Dancing With The Stars’?
The show Dancing With The Stars premiered in 2005 on ABC. The first season of the show was hosted by Tom Bergeron and Lisa Canning. Samantha Harris stepped in as a replacement for Lisa Canning from season 2 to season 9.
Brooke Burke-Charvet co-hosted the show from season 10 to season 19. Then, Erin Andrews got on board to play the host of the show and he stood by Bergeron’s side until season 28. In 2020, the channel approached Tyra Banks to host the show and she gave a green signal to the channel.
Each season, celebrities are paired with professional dancers, and then, all the teams compete to take that beautiful mirrorball trophy home. Even though one person wins the trophy, others don’t go back home empty-handed. They get paid for their time on the show.
As per the reports of Variety, celebs take home a total of $125,000 for the rehearsal period and the first two weeks that they are present on the dance reality show, Dancing With The Stars.
The salary gets increased with each week
Yes, you read that right. After the first two weeks, the salaries of the contestants are increased for every additional two weeks they last. In addition to this, the contestants also get a bonus amount of $10,000 per week.
According to the reports of US Weekly, in 2010, the contestants were paid $10,000 per episode for the third and fourth week, $20,000 per episode for the fifth and sixth week, followed by $30,000 per episode for the seventh and eighth week, and $50,000 per episode for the final two weeks.
When we talk about the total amount, taken home by the contestants of the show Dancing With The Stars. It can easily be somewhat around $345,000. In 2020, Variety stated that the maximum a contestant can earn from the show is estimated to be $295,000.
Salaries of the Pros
As per multiple reports, the professional dancers are handed over $1,200 when they start their journey on the show. Then, their salaries increase with each episode. The pros returning to the dance show make closer to $5,000 an episode.
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