How much do DWTS 2021 judges, contestants and professionals get paid?

FANS of Dancing with the Stars have long speculated how much the judges, cast, and pro dancers take home after every season.

All figures have never been confirmed. many have guesstimated at what the show is paying out.

How much do DWTS 2021 judges, contestants and professionals get paid?

On DWTS, the couples are judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.

All four judges provide feedback to the dancers as well as determine the scores

In 2021, the full cast and pro's list included the following:

Stars:

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Melanie C
  • Christine Chiu 
  • Brian Austin Green
  • Melora Hardin
  • Olivia Jade
  • Matt James
  • Amanda Kloots
  • Martin Kove
  • Suni Lee
  • Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
  • Kenya Moore
  • Cody Rigsby
  • Iman Shumpert 
  • Jojo Siwa

Pros:

  • Brandon Armstrong 
  • Lindsay Arnold
  • Alan Bensten
  • Sharna Burgess
  • Cheryl Burke
  • Witney Carson
  • Artem Chigvinstev
  • Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Sasha Farber
  • Jenna Johnson
  • Daniella Karagach
  • Pasha Pashkov
  • Gleb Savchenko
  • Emma Slater
  • Britt Stewart

According to several sources, including Variety, the starting salary for celebrities is $125,000.

This includes at least 20 hours a week of professional training.

For stars who make it to weeks three and four, there is an added bonus amount of $10,000 per week.

Week five sees an additional $15,000 tacked on, weeks six and seven add $20,000 per week, and weeks eight and nine equal $30,000 extra for the celebs.

There is an additional $50,000 for those who make it to the semi-finals and finale.

It is rumored that a starting salary for a pro is $1,600 per episode, but seasoned pros can make up to $5,000 per episode.

The reported cap for a professional dancer is said to be $100,000 per season.

In the early days of DWTS, it was reported that judges made $250,000 per season.

After season 2, however, it has been reported that some judges can make up to $1.2 million per season, as per ReelRundown.

ABC and DWTS have not confirmed these figures.

Are Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten dating?

Due to their closeness on the show, Amanda and Alan have faced speculation they are romantically involved.

However, she has shut down rumors saying that they "share nothing but friendship".

Amanda spoke in detail about their relationship in an interview with US Magazine.

Not only did she insist that she has a “beautiful relationship” with Alan, but also described themselves as “best friends”.

She said: “We work through everything together because we know … we have to be together in order to take this thing home.”

How can I watch DWTS?

Dancing with the Stars will air live on ABC every Monday at 8pm-10pm.

The thirtieth season of the show premiered September 20, 2021.

Last season, Kaitlyn Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev won the dance competition while Hannah Brown and her partner Alan Bersten won the year before.

Both stars come from ABC’s hit show The Bachelorette. 

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