How much Strictly Come Dancing 2021 celebrities, dancers and judges are paid

The nineteenth season of Strictly Come Dancing has been on our screens for three weeks, with an ever popular line-up of celebrities.

But this year has had a major switch up, with former pro-dancer Anton Du Beke joining the the judging panel to replace Bruno Tonioli who was unable to participate in the show for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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People were quick to switch on for the new season, but one question everyone was asking is how much do they all get paid to be on the show?

The answer might surprise you in comparison to other popular reality TV shows.

How much are Strictly Come Dancing contestants paid?



Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova during the live show of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on Saturday
Dan Walker and Nadiya Bychkova during the live show of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on Saturday

The amount they get paid increases depending on how far they make it through the competition, giving them even more drive to stay on the show for as long as they can.

Each celebrity is given a standard £25,000 payment once they sign up for the series.

If they then manage to get through the first month or so, their paycheck is topped up to make £40,000.

The competition’s quarter finalists will make £60,000, and finalists will be paid £75,000.

The highest-paid competitor will obviously be the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 champion, who will reportedly walk away with prize money of £100,000.

How much are Strictly Come Dancing professionals paid?

The Strictly Come Dancing professionals reportedly get paid between £30,000 to £50,000 per series. However, some of the more experienced dancers can earn more than that.

Some of the more seasoned professionals in past years, such as Anton Du Beke have been said to earn as much as £65,000.

The pros can add to their payday by appearing on the Strictly tour, too.

How much do the Strictly Come Dancing judges get paid?

Each judge gets a different salary, according to widely-reported estimations, which can also vary by series.

Anton Du Beke



Anton Du Beke has replaced Bruno Tonioli as one of the judges on the show
Anton Du Beke has replaced Bruno Tonioli as one of the judges on the show

Former professional dancer Anton Du Beke is reported to be earning around £175,000 to £200,000 – which is a huge pay rise compared to his dancers’ salary.

Shirley Ballas

Head judge Shirley began on £180,000 when she joined the show in 2017 – which was at the time more than Craig Revel Horwood, who had been a judge on the show since 2004.

Since then she has negotiated a pay rise, bringing her Strictly salary up to a whopping £500,000 per series, according to The Sun.

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood has been with the show since it started in 2004 and started on a salary of £110,000.

This went up to £180,000 in 2019, but still meant he was the lowest-paid judge. In 2020, his pay was upped to £200,000, according to The Sun.

Motsi Mabuse



Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse is relatively new to the panel
Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse is relatively new to the panel

Motsi Mabuse was reportedly offered a starting salary of £200,000 when she joined the Strictly judging panel in 2019.

It is not known whether Motsi has received a pay rise, though, or is still on this salary.

Bruno Tonioli



Bruno earns millions on USA Dancing With The Stars
Bruno earns millions on USA Dancing With The Stars

Like Craig, Bruno Tonioli has been a judge on the show since it began in 2004.

Bruno usually takes home a salary of £250,000.

He won’t be earning in 2021, though, as due to coronavirus travel restrictions, the US-based star has been replaced by former pro dancer Anton du Beke.

Despite not being able to make it to the UK Bruno is also a judge on the American version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, where he’s said to earn £1,500,000.

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