Strictly Come Dancing judges demand pay rise

Strictly Come DancingThe Strictly Come Dancing judges have reportedly demanded a pay rise because of the lucrative deals given to the coaches on The Voice UK.

The Sun claims that Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood have asked the BBC for a pay rise. According to reports they get £90,000 per Strictly series but the coaches on The Voice UK, which will launch shortly on BBC One, are on a much higher fee. The Strictly judges therefore want a pay rise to take them in-line with the counter-parts on The Voice which, after all, is a new show while Strictly is an established ratings winner.

‘There are some rumblings of discontent over what they see as the huge sums being spent on The Voice’ A “source” told The Sun but another ‘source’ told the tabloid that the success of the last series of Strictly would be reflected in their new contracts. ‘When they come to renegotiate their contracts, the BBC will bear in mind that last year’s series was one of the best ever – and their new deals will reflect that and they will be paid accordingly’.

The BBC is currently searching for a new judge to replace Alesha Dixon who quit Strictly to join Britain’s Got Talent. Several names have been put forward, by the press, as being in the running for the new judges role with Arlene Phillips – who was axed from the series to be replaced by Dixon – a viewer favourite for the role. Last week Craig Revel Horwood tipped Darcey Bussell, who has previously acted as a guest judge, for the role.

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