Strictly pros threaten to quit over £8,000-a-week pay cheque

15:08 26 October 2012

Aliona Vilani. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Aliona Vilani. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Strictly Come Dancing’s professionals have threatened to quit the live tour as they want to be paid £8,000-a-week, not the £6,000 they have been offered.

Seven dancers - including Aliona Vilani, Kristina Rihanoff and Pasha Kovalev - were unhappy to learn that their pay for the shows is frozen at last year’s rate of £5,500-a-week and say they will pull out if the salary isn’t increased.

‘Strictly’ bosses have now upped the offer to £6,000 - considerably less than the £13,000 their celebrity partners receive for the tour - but the professionals are holding out for £8,000, though they have yet to receive another response.

A source said: “The pro dancers work like dogs on tour. As well as dancing, they are responsible for choreography and preparing the celebrities for the performance.

“Some dancers feel the bosses have forgotten they are household names in their own right.”

The tour is scheduled to begin in January and ‘Strictly’ chiefs are hoping to sign up Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Lisa Riley, Dani Harmer and Louis Smith to take part in the live shows around the UK.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Read more
Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more

Latest Tech News