While only one contestant on Season 22 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” will be declared the winner, everyone gets paid for strutting their stuff on the ballroom floor. Ahead of Monday’s 2016 premiere of the dancing competition series, the celebrity contestants’ paycheck details have been revealed.
Radar Online obtained paperwork from the reality show that reveals one celebrity was offered a base pay of $125,000 for participating in rehearsals, two weeks on the show (before the first elimination) and an appearance in the grand finale (in which all contestants, even those previously eliminated, perform). The letter also reportedly revealed celebrities who makes it past week two will receive money each week they stay in the competition, with a total of $345,000 up for grabs.
So, what does the winner receive other than a major payout? As previously reported, besides the coveted Mirror Ball trophy and an extra 15 minutes in the spotlight ... pretty much nothing! The “DWTS” winner does not get any additional prize money for winning the show, but, along with the second- and third-place finishers, walks away with the maximum payout.
Radar Online’s findings match up to a report regarding Season 21 winner Bindi Irwin’s “DWTS” paychecks. In November, TMZ found that Irwin’s contract stated she was due to earn $125,000 for starring on the show with the possibility of walking away with $360,000 if she made to the finale.
This season, viewers will watch as “Fuller House” star Jodie Sweetin, former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, former “O.C.” actress Mischa Barton and more strut their stuff on the ballroom floor. The 12 celebrity contestants and their professional partners will be performing either a foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, quickstep or jive in episode 1.
Check out the full list of “Dancing With the Stars” Season 22 contestants here and don’t forget to tune in to the 2016 premiere on Monday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC!