It appears “Dancing With the Stars” contestants walk away with more than just some sweet ballroom skills when they exit the ABC competition series. A new report regarding Season 21 star Bindi Irwin’s reported earnings have revealed just how much celebrity contestants are paid when they sign on to the reality show.
According to TMZ, Bindi’s contract for the 2015 season reveals she was promised $125,000 for starring on the program. The site reports that her contract states she would also be paid various amounts, starting off at $10,000 and going up to $50,000, for each week she remained on the show. If the contract holds true, ABC is due to pay Bindi, who passed the Week 8 mark Monday, $230,000 for her appearance thus far. If the 17-year-old animal activist and her partner, Derek Hough, are not eliminated, she will take home $30,000 for Week 9 and $50,000 for each episode for Weeks 10 and 11. Of course, if she is awarded first-place during the finale she will also win the Mirror Ball trophy.
Bindi’s reported earnings were made public after an L.A. Superior Court judge rejected her “Dancing With the Stars” minor’s contract, claiming the court was "unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract." The judge has reportedly ordered proof of Bindi’s father Steve Irwin’s death despite her mother Terri already signing off on the form and agreeing to give up the rights to her daughter's money.
Bindi’s rumored salary is identical to Season 18 “Dancing With the Stars” competitor Cody Simpson's. The then 17-year-old Australian singer’s contract with the show was revealed in March 2014. According to TMZ, the "Pretty Brown Eyes" performer was also guaranteed $125,000 for his participation and $50,000 per week if he made it to the final episodes.
According to a 2010 report from Gawker, Bindi’s base salary of $125,000 is given to each contestant that stars on the first two episodes -- including the star that’s the first to be eliminated. The site reported that, at the time, contestants that made it to the end earned $345,000 and that the show’s winners were not given an additional cash prize.
While her purported “DWTS” salary was released, it doesn’t appear to have fazed Bindi. The competitor updated her fans on her life via Twitter Thursday, sharing a photo of herself posing with Hough and fellow “DWTS” professional dancer Mark Ballas.
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) November 5, 2015
Catch up with Bindi on “Dancing With the Stars” Season 21, Week 9 Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.