Strictly 2023: Do the celebrities get paid to take part?

Strictly Come Dancing is one of the biggest shows on TV – but do the celebrities get paid to take part?

Unlike other reality shows, including I’m a Celebrity, each star who signs up to Strictly is given the same flat fee to appear and is unable to negotiate with producers.

According to a 2021 report in The Sun, every celebrity receives £25,000 just to appear.

It turns out there’s more incentive to remain in the competition until the very end – not only could you win the honour of taking home the Glitterball trophy, but fees are said to rise to £40,000 if you make it to the end of October.

Last year’s final few – DJ Fleur East, presenter Helen Skelton, EastEnders star Molly Rainford and eventual winner Hamza Yassin – reportedly made £60,000 for getting to the quarter-finals.

Contestants reportedly earn another £15,000 if they get to the semi-finals (netting them £75,000 in total), with the eventual winner earning a reported £100,000.

Find out how much the professionals get paid here.

On Saturday (9 September), it was reported that one of the professionals has been omitted from the new series.

According to reports, they were “devastated” upon learning they will not be partnered with a celebrity contestant, meaning they will not be able to compete.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return to host the 21st series of Strictly, which will feature stars including veteran broadcaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy, reality star Zara McDermott and controversial Sherlock actor Amanda Abbington.

Find the full 2023 line-up here.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on 16 September.