God bless Margaret Cho. Because of her, we know for sure how much the Dancing With the Stars contestants get paid to hoof it!
The former DWTS contestant (who competed on Season 11 with pro Louis Van Amstel) went on the record earlier this year about her DWTS salary. The star revealed that contestants receive $200,000 for appearing on the show, which isn’t a number to sniff your nose at!
In addition, a previous report claimed that the final three also receive bonuses. The winner reportedly receives a $100,000 bonus, and the two runners up receive smaller bonuses based on where they finished.
By comparison, the DWTS pros reportedly make anywhere between $1,000 at $10,400 a week. So, the longer they stick around, the more cash they get. If a top-paid pro lasted all ten weeks, then he or she would earn a little over $100,000, which is half of what the stars get. And keep in mind that the stars get that $200,000 even if they are eliminated first!
Are you surprised that the DWTS contestants get paid so much?
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays onABC.