How much do Strictly dancers get paid?

Their wages REVEALED - plus the judges and hosts

Strictly pros salaries

by Marianna Manson and Louella Berryman |

Strictly Come Dancing was one of the few shows in 2020 that didn't fall victim to covid. Despite implementing a number of restrictions - like no studio audience and dancers forming bubbles – the show went off without a hitch and this year is delivering just as much glitz and glamour.

But while we sit and enjoy the spectacle from our sofas, for the Strictly cast and crew, the show is a MAJOR undertaking, and you can bet your bottom dollar it takes a LOT of hard work.

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With the 2021 series in full swing, we thought we'd take a deep dive into the salaries of the professional dancers, the judges and hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and look at how much they earn when they're not on our screens every Saturday night.

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The lowest salary in the line up but certainly not one to be sniffed at, on top of Gorka's £50k Strictly salary last year he brought home an extra £35k for the Strictly Professionals live tour and £20k for the one off show, Here Come the Boys, with fellow dancer Aljaz Skorjanec.

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Married couple Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara have an estimated household income of nearly £300k, thanks to their combined salaries from Strictly and the live tour. They've also raked in some extra cash from various P&O Ferry cruises.

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New recruit Motsi, sister of Oti, was offered a starting salary of £200,00 when she joined the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel for this season. The German dance school she runs with husband Evgenij Voznyuk and her contract with German Weight Watchers brings home some extra bacon.

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They may no longer be married, but in previous years Neil and Katya Jones have raked in a combined amount of over £340k. On top of their £100k joint salary, ticket sales from their stage show Somnium, as well as P&O Cruise and Alton Towers contracts, raked in plenty more cash for the former lovers.

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Returning for her fourth year this year, Oti is thought to earn just over £400k with her Strictly salary and The Professionals tour money. She also works as a judge on The Greatest Dancer with Cheryl and Matthew Morrison, not forgetting her various reality TV work.

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Head judge Shirley Ballas began on a meagre £180k – but negotiated a pay rise, bringing her Strictly salary up to a whopping quarter of a million quid per series. She's also earning a pretty penny from appearing on Panto each year, and teaching at a dance school in Streatham, South London.

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Tess is thought to earn £150k for her presenting role on Strictly Come Dancing, but a number of other work commitments hike her yearly income up to well over half a million quid. She also presents Children in Need each year and was a brand ambassador for global mega brands L'Oreal and Pandora.

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He might be the "lowest paid" judge on the panel, but residents Mr Nasty Craig certainly makes up for his "lacking" salary with his various other sources of income. For one, he is the main choreographer for the Strictly Live Tour, thought to earn him around £200k a year, as well as his work in Panto and renting out property.

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Claudia is apparently the highest paid woman on the BBC's books so it's no wonder her yearly income is nearly £1m. On top of her £150k Strictly salary – the same as co-host Tess Daly's – she also earns a pretty penny for her Radio shows and various other BBC commitments. Other major sources of income are her big bucks beauty partnerships, including Head & Shoulders and No 7 at Boots.

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After spending a whopping 16 years as a professional dancer on the show, in 2021 Anton replaced Bruno Tonlioni as a permanent judge after winning over fans when he replaced Motsi for two weeks in 2020 when she was isolating.

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Top of the leaderboard (in the salary stakes) is Italian Stallion Bruno, who is the highest paid judge, with a Strictly salary of £250k. It's rumoured he still received his pay cheque in 2020, despite not actually judging on the show due to coronavirus quarantining rules - he's also a judge on the American version of the show, Dancing with the Stars, where he reportedly earns an eye-watering £1.5m.

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Claudia Winkleman and her #goals fringe also come up trumps - she's reportedly the highest earning woman at the BBC and takes home a hefty £875K per year for her various TV commitments.

The professional dancers and judges don't hang up their dancing shoes when the show is over - most of them have tours and do pantos, earning them some extra cash in the bank.

It's hardly surprising that villainous judge Craig Revel Horwood has played numerous nasty pantomime characters in the past.

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