May 07, 2011 10:00 AM by Allyson Wells
Dancing with the Stars can be a lot of work on the stars that sign up for the show. Not only do they have day-long rehearsals, they also must be away from their family and loved ones. However, the cast members do get paid for their time on the show. Keep reading to find out what the stars are earning for donning dancing shoes.
Popeater is reporting that the celebrity contestants on the show get paid a hefty paycheck. An insider revealed to them, “When you sign up, every contestant gets $150,000 for 6 weeks rehearsals and the first two shows.” For those stars who are lucky enough to make it to the finals, the financial incentives are even greater. “Then every week you survive you make an extra $10,000, then $20,000, then $30,000 and so on, so the winner takes home $350,000.”
A past contestant claims that the pay is not enough for the amount of work that the celebrities do. This contestant revealed to Popeater that they have “12-hour work days and ridiculous amounts of stress and strain on the body.” The former contestant, who is not on the current cycle 12 said, “The show doesn’t pay for massages or anything else. The amount of physical stress and strain they put your body through, rehearsing six days a week, eight hours a day, is ridiculous. I have never worked so hard in my life. Our call time was 6:00 am and we were rehearsing with the band by 8 and then live on the dance floor that evening. That’s a 12-hour day.”
While the celebrities seem to be compensated nicely for their stint in the ballroom, it appears they have to find their own health care coverage like the rest of us.
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