The twentieth season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Sunday night with a number of popular Australian celebrities hitting the dance floor.
This year’s cast includes a variety of famous faces showing off their best moves, including actors, Olympians, singers, and reality TV winners.
How much money are they being paid?
For the first time since the show premiered back in 2004, the cast members are reportedly being paid the exact same amount.
According to Woman’s Day, the 14 stars are all receiving “just under $50,000” for their appearance in the competition.
“The cast all rehearsed and trained as if they were going to the finale. They all put in the same amount of time, so they were all paid for five weeks of their time,” a source told the publication.
“It was a one-price-fits-all of just under $50,000 each.”
This season of the reality show features The Bachelor’s Laura Byrne, former MasterChef judge Matt Preston, Home and Away actress Emily Weir and Australian Idol star Paulini battling it out for the mirror ball trophy.
Better Homes and Gardens' Charlie Albone is also trading his gardening gear for dance attire alongside The Chase Australia's Supernerd Issa Schultz and Human Nature’s Phil Burton.
Rounding out the cast are actors Mary Coustas, Pia Miranda, Virginia Gay and Christie Whelan Browne, football legend Gavin Wanganeen, and Olympians Sally Pearson and James Magnussen.
Major change to this year's season
It was announced earlier this year that long-time judge Helen Richey won’t be returning to the show after her husband Robert underwent major surgery.
Sharna Burgess, who briefly served as a judge on the show when it aired on Channel 10, has since taken up her spot on the panel alongside Mark Wilson and Todd McKenney.
Craig Revel Horwood has also replaced Paul Mercurio, who left the show to concentrate on his political career, while hosts Sonia Kruger and Daryl Somers have returned for another season.
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