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'Strictly Come Dancing' Celebrity Pay Structure Revealed As BBC Set To Pay Out £800,000 On This Year's Stars

13/08/2013 07:37 BST

If you ever thought the only reason why celebs put in so much time and energy into their training on 'Strictly Come Dancing' was for the glory of lifting the winner's trophy - think again.

For the first time ever, the fee structure for the show has been revealed and it shows that it really does pay to go as far as possible in the BBC dancing competition.

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Abbey Clancy, Vanessa Feltz and Sophie Ellis Bextor are all said to be taking part in this year's 'Strictly'

Every star taking part receives a standard £25,000 payment, but if they manage to stay on the dancefloor until the end of October this rises to £40,000 and jumps to £60,000 for anyone who makes it to the quarter finals.

The five celebs who reach the semis will pocket £75,000, with the winner walking away with £100,000 - and the glitterball trophy.

This means that the Beeb is shelling out more than £800,000 on this year's celebrity dancers, which so far include WAG and model Abbey Clancy, TV and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

But despite the big payouts, the cash is said to be a lot less than other celeb-based shows such as 'I'm A Celebrity' and 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

An insider told The Sun: “Strictly is pretty much a full-time job from the beginning of September to Christmas for those who stay until the end.

“It is very different to sitting around a house or eating bugs in the jungle.

“A lot of the contestants put in eight-hour days every day to practise their routines.

“It often means they have to give up other work they might have taken on to put their all into the show.

“Strictly is also seen as a prestigious show to be on, so it’s not all about the money.”

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