Have you ever wondered why some celebrities would sign up to do Dancing with the Stars? Given the collection of contestants lined up for season 11, there must be some major incentive to sign up to show off your dancing skills (Nicole Scherzinger) or lack of dancing skills (Kate Gosselin). Not only can the stars garner some major PR attention, but they can rake in the big bucks for taking part in the show.
So how much can they expect to earn?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, every star that signs up for the show receives equal compensation for showing off their dance skills. Their ultimate earnings depend on when they get eliminated.
There is reportedly a $345,000 payday up for grabs during for the entire 10 weeks of competition. The biggest paycheck comes for just signing up for the show, enduring three weeks of rehearsals, and competing in the first two episodes of the season.
The earnings potential starts to grow as competitors are eliminated. For weeks 3 and four, the dancers earn $10,000 an episode. The salary goes up to $20,000 for weeks five and six, $30,000 an episode for weeks seven and eight, and a whopping $50,000 for the final two weeks of the competition. On the other side of the dance pairings, the professional dancers only earn a reported $5,200 per episode.
That doesn’t mean a contestant can expect to receive a big paycheck for just showing up, they are actually expected to earn the money by participating in a strict rehearsal schedule. If a celeb opts to go light on rehearsals or skip out altogether, they will forfeit a portion of their salary. The reshearsals start out at six hours a day and ramp up to eight as they develop their dancing skills.
There are some extra perks that aren’t directly financial in nature. These typically come in the form of fancy hotels or top class transportion. (Kate Gosselin had a rehearsal studio built into the basement of her home.)
One perk that isn’t allowed – no-one can use their own hair and makeup team! Everyone must use the staff hair and makeup staff to keep an even playing field. Additionally, ABC does not grant contestants the ability to be involved in the partner-selection process. There are also no diva demands allowed when it comes to the dance partners, the production staff pairs up the dancers!
Who do you think will be the biggest diva of the season?