Dancing With The Stars’ Celebrity Salaries Revealed

I always wondered why some celebrities would sign up to do Dancing with the Stars – especially in the beginning of the competition. Now, it’s completely mainstream and popular – the producers are probably having to weed through celebrities trying to get ON. But during the first few seasons, whenever the list of names came out announcing who joined up I would always say, "WHY!?"

Well, this morning I read that the celebrity contestants actually get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to take part in the show. Now it all makes sense.

The celebs on "Dancing With the Stars," for example, get $200,000 for the entire season, [See celebrity reality TV payments on The Wrap] whether they’re booted or not, a bonus of $100,00 if they’re number one, a smaller bonus if they’re number two, an even smaller bonus if they’re number 3, a top TV agent told The Wrap.

Wonder if the caliber of celeb would have been the same without the paycheck? Either way, I’m having so much fun watching this season.

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  1. says

    Dancing with the Stars has broad appeal, offering viewers dazzling costumes, dancing, celebrity gossip, behind-the-scenes training and contemporary music performed by a live 15-piece band

  2. says

    Most of the contestants I’d never heard of and dont care if I never hear of again. If they got $200,000 for some of those pitiful performances I’d be very much surprised. I bet the instructors dont get that much and they MAKE the show .
    I would like to see, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon or Ali McGraw. These are real stars and are in very good shape.
    I felt sorry for the contestants who got early eliminations until I saw the $200,000 figure, (which I find very hard to believe)

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  5. Anonymous says

    200,000 is not a lot. Obviously there are some stars who are desperate for a paycheck so it sounds great but a lot of the stars are kind of current and/or not desperate. Most do it for the exposure or the fun of it. Usually the stars are on smaller shows like soap operas or the Disney channel or lower level current singers like Mario and Sara Evans. The athletes are usually very wealthy retired legends or recent Olympians who have lucrative endorsement deals. I doubt Steve Wosniac or Mark Cuban need the money.

  6. Anonymous says

    Well of course they get paid!!!! The so-called “stars” are for the most part “has-beens” or “wanna-bes”. With the rare exception of a few just interested in learning to ballroom dance or interested in a challenge – they’re just trying to get a paycheck and some exposure. Their agents are behind this one.

  7. Anonymous says

    Well they do open themselves up to scrutiny, invasion of privacy, embarrassment, etc. so more power to them.

  8. Anonymous says

    Uh…duh. Of course they’re getting paid, and for them, getting paid $200,000 for a couple months of work isn’t exactly raking in the cash. Most of them have lifestyles they have to support (and exes). These are mostly D-listers (at best) who need the attention and the paycheque. As for Melissa, the Bachelor alum, great for her! She wound up with 15 minutes of fame, now she’s making hay while the sun shines, doing something she’s great at, no less. Smart girl.

  9. write2ap says

    For the calibur of “stars” that the show put on, $200,000 is a lot. Drew Lachey says the salary is “ridiculous” but he forgets that he was just a washed up singer when he appeared on the show. Melissa Rycroft is just a girl who got dumped on the Bachelor. $200,000 is more than enough for those guys. I mean, please!

  10. Anonymous says

    Everyone keeps referring to these people as washed up, wannabes and has beens, but the truth of the matter is the public loves them. So they may not draw crowds they use to, or whatever, but the public hasn’t forgotten them. And gosh darn heck I’ve heard the the really big stars saying it’s one of their favorite shows – I think some of them wish they were washed up enough to go it. And since when is Sarah Evans a has been – she sells millions. You thing Ty Murray & Jewel (she got injured and couldn’t be on, but she was there every week) are has beens!

  11. Anonymous says

    I totally agree with you. Ty Murray does not need the money. I serious doubt that the Osmonds, Emmett Smith, or Michael Irving needed it either. I think they see it as a challenge and, let’s face it, they are all still promoting their various interests.