How the Strictly professionals rake in thousands

Who’s the best paid Strictly star? How the professionals rake in thousands with cruise ship shows, weekends at Alton Towers… and even choreographing drag queens!

With their showbiz smiles firmly in place, the stars of Strictly Come Dancing certainly know how to rake in the cash.

Though the professionals earn a flat-rate fee of £50,000 — regardless of how well they do — most will try to top this up with extra work.

So who is the best-paid face on Strictly? ALISON BOSHOFF reports on what the stars of the show earn in a year.


Busy boy: A.J. Pritchard with 2019 contestant Saffron Barker

EARNINGS: £360,000

A.J. Pritchard is prolific on TV. Last year, he was in Celebrity Hunted and this year Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Pointless, The Last Leg and the Jeremy Vine show.

Including Strictly, his TV work should net him £120,000. 

He also does the Strictly Live Tour, (£70,000), and is in panto (£100,000). In May, he was in Strictly Come Dancing, The Professionals, another spin-off tour, (£35,000) plus the same amount for a solo tour. 

He will be a choreographer on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, starting on BBC3 next month.

Busy boy: A.J. Pritchard with 2019 contestant Saffron Barker


Excitable Bruno Tonioli (left) is paid £250,000 per season and Crag Revel Horwood (right) is paid £180,000

£1.85 Million

Excitable Bruno Tonioli, 63, is paid £250,000 per season and, although he is the best-paid judge, he often grumbles that it’s pin money — he gets £1.5 million per season for Dancing With The Stars, the American version.

For eight weeks, the shows coincide and he shuttles across the Atlantic to do both.

Aside from this, Bruno takes part in the Strictly Come Dancing Tour in January (£100,000).

Last year, he presented a BBC Radio 2 series on opera, and in 2012 issued an autobiography.

His friend, Simon Cowell, is interested in casting Bruno in a show like The Greatest Dancer, which runs on ITV in January, but Bruno said: ‘You need to be careful when you’ve been on Strictly for 14 weeks, to then go on another show with just a month’s gap for another ten weeks would be tiresome of the viewers. If he made a U.S. version, I’d be more likely to do that.’

He is a director of Fulvia Limited, and latest accounts at Companies House show that it has £2.27 million.



Waspish Craig Revel Horwood, 54, has been with the show since it started in 2004 and has had a pay rise which took him from £110,000 to £180,000, which means he is actually the worst-paid judge — a fact he is reportedly not best pleased about. 

A bone of contention is that Shirley Ballas was brought in on a higher salary in 2017. 

He does make the most money from the Strictly Tour which he choreographs (about £200,000 a year). 

Like Shirley, he does panto (£100,000) and has been a judge on Australia’s version of Strictly (£125,000). 

More money comes in from renting out his London home (he lives in Hampshire). 

The accounts of his company, Acid Clutch Productions, show net assets of more than £187,000 and that he was personally paid £156,000.



New judge Motsi Mabuse, 38, is getting the biggest payday of her career, with Strictly offering £200,000 per season.

The sister of dancer Oti, she is paid rather less as one of the panel of the German version of Strictly, called Let’s Dance, where she is thought to make around £75,000 per season.

She makes further money from the dance school in Germany which she runs with her Ukrainian husband Evgenij Voznyuk.

Motsi is a face of Weight Watchers in Germany, for which she is paid a further £50,000, but could sign many more lucrative contracts in the coming months.

Asked if she was being paid the same as the other judges, Motsi said: ‘I don’t care, because, for me, it’s just such an honour being here. It doesn’t concern me right now. I’m just concentrating on doing a good job.’



Head judge Shirley Ballas started on £180,000 and has had a pay rise which takes her to £250,000 per series.

She can make a further £100,000 if she joins the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour in January — which she did last year.

The judges for this year’s tour have not yet been announced.

Shirley also makes a further £100,000 from appearing in panto over Christmas. She met her current boyfriend Danny Thomas when they were in Jack And The Beanstalk in Liverpool last year.

Shirley also teaches at a dance school in Streatham, South London.

Regarded as one of the best Latin coaches in the world, she has trained the majority of the top Latin professionals, earning further money.

With personal appearance fees and TV cameos on ThroughThe Keyhole and Celebrity Juice, this may net her £50,000. 

Fearsome foursome: (l-r): Bruno Tonioli, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood


Oti Mabuse has been on the show since 2015, and is paid £50,000 per series


Oti Mabuse, 28, has been on the show since 2015, and is paid £50,000 per series. She did not do the Strictly live tour last year, but did perform on the 35-date Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals tour in the spring which will have netted her around £35,000.

She did one P&O Cruise, earning her around £15,000, and made £150,000 for being a judge on ITV’s The Greatest Dancer.

She was also on Celebrity MasterChef, making a further £60,000. She has done advertising work for Tesco and Specsavers — she is their spectacle wearer of the year, earning a further £100,000. 



Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman, 47, appears to be all daft fringe and silly banter, but she makes serious money.

Documents released by the Beeb revealed that in 2017 she earned between £450,000 and £499,000 and was the best-paid woman at the Corporation.

Last year, the BBC stopped revealing her Strictly pay — as it comes via the commercial offshoot of BBC Studios — and her declared BBC income dropped to between £370,000 and £379,000, which means that she is paid around £150,000 to present the show, with the rest coming from her radio show and other BBC projects. She is also richly rewarded for beauty endorsements, with an estimated £250,000 a year from Head & Shoulders shampoo and £200,000 from Boots to be an ambassador for its No 7 brand.



Tess Daly, 50, is paid £150,000 per series to co-present Strictly — the same as Claudia, who started in 2014. 

Tess adds to this with a further £170,000 worth of work for the BBC, including presenting Children In Need. 

She is an ambassador for a vitamin brand and plugs Under 18s horse racing days (another £250,000). Her contracts with L’Oreal and Pandora jewellery have come to an end. 

Strictly presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly are both paid £150,000 per series to co-present Strictly

Kevin Clifton won the Glitterball with Stacey Dooley last year, and waltzed off with her as a real-life partner, too. 

Nicknamed ‘King Kev’ by Stacey, he is paid a relatively mere £50,000 a series, the same as all of the dancers, and last year he did not take part in the Strictly Tour. 

Instead, he filmed the ITV show All Star Musicals, and was paid around £80,000 as a judge.

He also spent more than 20 weeks on tour with dance shows Burn The Floor and Rock Of Ages. In both cases, his name was ‘above the title’ meaning tickets were being sold on the basis of his star name. He could then have made up to £10,000 a week, a total of £220,000.

There is also talk that he will bring out an album of songs. In August, he shared a video from a recording studio with him and a friend singing the jazz number, The Lady Is A Tramp. Earlier this month, he started a podcast, The Kevin, which is not likely to be making much money yet. 



Dancer Gorka Marquez will have earned £50,000 for the show and £35,000 for Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals tour. 

The Spaniard was also in spin-off stage show Here Come The Boys (£20,000).

Dancer Gorka Marquez was in spin-off stage show Here Come The Boys  where he earned £20,000


Divorcing dancers Katya and Neil Jones earn £100,000 between them for Strictly


Divorcing dancers Katya and Neil Jones earn £100,000 between them for Strictly. 

They did not go on the Strictly Live Tour in January, but will have earned a further £50,000 for Somnium, their stage show which had a short run over the summer. 

They went on three P&O Cruises between June and August — giving demonstrations, lessons and signings — and earned £90,000 over 12 weeks.

Add in Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour in May which would have brought them £70,000, and themed dance weekends at Alton Towers, a further £12,000 each. 



Married dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara earn £100,000 between them for Strictly and pick up a further £140,000 for the Strictly tour. 

They went on one short P&O Cruise (£30,000 between them). 

Aljaz was also in the Here Come The Boys dance tour with Gorka Marquez, and will have made £20,000 for that five-week engagement.

Married dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara earn £100,000 between them for Strictly



Anton Du Beke tops up his £50,000 from Strictly with his own lucrative tour, alongside professional partner Erin Boag, which will make him around £65,000. 

He also appears at Dancing With The Stars weekends at Alton Towers, netting £12,000 and released a novel, One Enchanted Evening, (thought to have made a further £45,000).

Anton, who previously released a CD, From The Top, doesn’t do the Strictly tour.

Anton Du Beke tops up his £50,000 from Strictly with his own lucrative tour, alongside professional partner Erin Boag

Source: Read Full Article