Staggering money Stars, dancers and judges are strictly winning – and getting £ 320,000 pay raise

Strictly Come Dancing has been plunged into chaos this year as AJ Odudu was forced to retire hours before the final due to an excruciating ankle injury.

It’s been a tough streak, with Covid, illness and injury forcing several celebrities to step aside, some for good and others just for a week of isolation.

As John Whaite and Rose Ayling-Ellis face off in the two-horse race on Saturday, the bookmaker’s favorite is the EastEnders Rose actress.

But maybe the real winners are the Strictly Hosts and Judges, some of whom earn over half a million for their few weeks of working on the show.

But what do the stars of Strictly actually pocket in each series, and who tops the list?

Let’s take a look at their estimated income ranked.

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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

Hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are the top earners on Strictly



Host Claudia is said to be the highest paid woman on the BBC, with an annual income of almost £ 1million.

In addition to the £ 150,000 a year she earns on Strictly, like Tess, Claudia hosts several other BBC shows as well as radio programs.

She is also the face of partnerships with brands, including her famous Head and Shoulder and No.7 at Boots ads.

Tess Daly makes £ 150,000 per set on Strictly, but she also has a finger in a lot more pies.

She is the face of the Wellwoman brand, hosts Children in Need, and has been a brand ambassador for big names like L’Oreal and Pandora, meaning her annual income is estimated to be over half a million.

Tess’ outfits are also said to be up to three times more expensive than Claudia’s.

Shirley ballas

Shirley Ballas cut her salary from £ 180,000 to £ 500,000

Shirley, 61, was named the new Chief Justice on Strictly in 2017 when Len Goodman left the show.

Nicknamed the Queen of Latin, Shirley has made a name for herself in the ballroom world and now also works as a dance teacher in South London.

When she first started on the hit BBC show, Shirley was paid £ 180,000 per series, but thanks to her popularity and scathing comments, her salary skyrocketed over the past three years. last years.

She now earns £ 500,000 per streak and also makes money with panto appearances.

Oti Mabuse

Oti would earn almost half a million



A fan favorite on Strictly since 2015, Oti is one of the biggest earners of his time on the dance floor.

The talented dancer completed her £ 50,000 package with £ 35,000 from the Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals tour.

Oti also embarked on a P&O cruise in 2018, which reportedly earned her £ 15,000 and she was reportedly paid around £ 150,000 to be a judge on The Greatest Dancer.

Proving that she is a woman of many talents, Oti has also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef and was reportedly paid £ 60,000 for her time in the kitchen.

The stunning dancer has also landed a series of lucrative contracts with Tesco and Specsavers, which would earn her an additional £ 100,000.

Earnings – £ 410,000

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood also led the Strictly Tour



Craig’s razor-sharp comments and scathing reviews made him a favorite on the bench.

Along with Bruno, Craig is one of the original judges of Strictly and is said to earn £ 200,000 per set.

Aged 56, he is also a successful composer, choreographer, author and director.

Craig has run Sister Act and has been leading the Strictly Tour since 2012, which is expected to earn him an additional £ 200,000 per year.

He also plays in the panto and owns properties that he rents.

Earnings – £ 400,000

Motsi Mabuse

Motsi Mabuse is not only a strict judge, she also has a lucrative brand partnership.



Motsi joined the jury in 2019 after Darcy Bussell left and reportedly started with a salary of £ 200,000.

The 40-year-old runs a dance school with her husband and is an ambassador for the German Weight Watchers.

Motsi has also appeared in Let’s Dance, the German version of Strictly.

Earnings – £ 325,000

Anton Du Béké

Anton’s salary more than doubled when he joined the jury



This year, Anton Du Beke has gone from senior pro to panel judge replacing Bruno Tonioli.

The sun report that the father of two would be paid between £ 175,000 and £ 200,000 for his post as judge, which is an impressive increase from the £ 65,000 salary he would have cashed as a professional dancer.

Even though Anton’s new payslip is significantly higher than before, the publication added that he “will not earn as much as Bruno because of his experience” but that he will be “graciously paid”.

In addition to his Strictly Fee, Anton is also touring with his professional partner, Erin Boag, which is said to earn him around £ 65,000.

In addition, he appears at Alton Towers on the Dancing With The Stars weekend, with an estimated salary of around £ 12,000.

And Anton is not only known for his sophisticated footwork, he has also published a novel, One Enchanted Evening, which has reportedly grossed around £ 45,000.

Importantly, the father of two does not participate in Strictly tours.

Earnings – £ 332, 000

Gorka Marquez

Gorka Marquez with Strictly 2021 Partner Katie McGlynn

Gorka, who was in a relationship with Katie McGlynn this year, has strong earning power in the series.

He earns £ 50,000 for the show, it has been learned, as well as £ 35,000 for the Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals tour.

In 2018, Gorka also starred in the Strictly spin-off Here Come The Boys, earning him around £ 20,000.

Earnings – £ 105,000

Katya and Neil Jones

Katya and Neil Jones split in 2019 after six years of marriage


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The former couple still have a lot of income together


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The couple may not be together as a married couple anymore, but Katya and Neil Jones’ earning power as a duo is immense.

In addition to their joint costs of £ 100,000, the divorcing couple are said to have earned £ 50,000 from the Somnium tour in 2019.

On top of that, they spent the summer of 2019 on three P&O cruises, which could have earned them up to £ 90,000 in just 12 weeks.

This is before factoring in the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour, which would net them £ 70,000 and their dancing weekends at Alton Towers, which could cost up to £ 12,000.

Earnings – £ 334,000 combined

Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec win around £ 290,000 combined

They are very much in love and it seems like married dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara can smile up to the bank.

The adorable couple raised £ 100,000 for taking part in Strictly and then another £ 140,000 when they took part in the Strictly tour.

A single P&O cruise would have earned them £ 30,000, while Aljaz joined Strictly, Gorka, on the Here Come The Boys tour, which reportedly paid him £ 20,000.

Earnings – £ 290,000 combined

The dancers

Professional dancers are paid between £ 30,000 and £ 50,000, according to reports


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It is widely reported that professional dancers are paid between £ 30,000 and £ 50,000 per set, depending on the length of their presence on the show.

But the BBC never made the information public.

However, oldest pro Anton du Beke is said to have pocketed £ 65,000 before becoming a panel judge this year to replace Bruno.


Strictly stars get paid the longer they stay on the show

Each of the celebrities participating in Strictly receives the same lump sum – no matter how famous they are.

Just to hit the dance floor each star is paid £ 25,000. If they pass the fourth week they are paid £ 40,000.

Then those lucky enough to stay in the competition until the quarter-final receive £ 60,000, with the semi-finalists earning £ 75,000.

Whoever wins Strictly gets paid £ 100,000 – but more importantly, he walks away with the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

However, it was reported earlier this year that many big names had snubbed the chance to appear on Strictly due to the fees.

Celebrities are said to shun the BBC dance competition because they are not offered enough money, it has been claimed.

An agent said The sun: “There is a new curse of Strictly – they don’t pay and appearing won’t do anything for your career.

“It’s not just the luck that you waltz with your partner, now the money is poor and you waltz in the dark. Nobody wants to do it.”

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