Dancing With the Stars Cast: How Much Do They Make?

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How much do Dancing with the Stars cast members make for being on the show? It varies from one to another, but here's an example that proves it can be lucrative:

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy

Front-runner Zendaya Coleman, 16, collected $125,000 to appear.

After that, she gets paid weekly depending how long she lasts ...

  • Weeks 1 & 2: $125,000 guaranteed at the start
  • Weeks 3 & 4: $10,000 per week ($20,000 total)
  • Weeks 5 & 6: $20,000 per week ($40,000 total)
  • Weeks 7 & 8: $30,000 per week ($60,000 total)
  • Weeks 9 & 10: $50,000 per week ($100,000 total)

Potential grand total for all 10 weeks: $345,000!

So front-running teenager Zendaya, who some say benefits from an unfair advantage of youth, could rake in a huge amount for just three months of work.

It's unclear if any of the cast members make more than she does, and given this season it's not as likely, as the star wattage is dimmer than in the past.

Still ... not a bad gig if you're Zendaya. Or Sean Lowe.

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I think it is AWESOME and I commend you for bringing on stars that have disabilities like Valerie Harper and Jack Osborne. However, I think it is VERY disconcerting that you bring on professional dancers...that certainly is NOT fair to the others!!!

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Wish video worked better

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I think Derek and Kellie were the best ever of DWTS since it started back when. Derek is the best dancer and choreographer.
As for Brook, they need to get rid of her, she is always asking stupid questions. I think Kellie would be a good one to take her place. She's darling and has the cutest personality.

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More money for Zendaya

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@ raquel

I agree. I like the previous host they had before Brook. Kellie would also be a good host..
Brook tried to get Kellie to tell her who was the front runner the other night. Kellie said the were all doing a good job Brook continued to press her for an answer. Kellie was smart enough to stick with her original answer.

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I think all the stars do wonderfully for first timers, and I really enjoy the show and all the gorgeous outfits. I just don't think Brook's question's make any sense. Tom can do both parts alone , because he's so funny. Get rid of Brook.

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I was a big fan for Many years but tonight I am So d├ęsapointed to see That the judges din't like Max And now it is Val.Sorry but it was my last Time to watch you.

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I MISS MAX -- the best looking guy on the program. He got all the matrons, the heavyweigjhts & difficult contstants while Derek gets the potential winners. Brooke is a dud -- nwhat happened to the cute gal who was there originally with Tom?

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Derek Hough is my favorite all time professional dancer. He is a cross between Fred Astier and Gene Kelly. I would like to see him dance Gene Kelly's singing in the rain dance. How awesome that would be!

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@ nancy parry

I like Dereck but his sister was awesome as well, Julianne, but you're right about Brooke with that fake smile.

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believe me when I say: JUST ENOUGH TO BUY NEW CLOTHES & GROCERIES.

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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