Strictly pros 'fighting for pay rises' after coronavirus halts live tours

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional team have reportedly asked BBC bosses for a pay rise as the coronavirus pandemic leaves them out of pocket. 

The team are currently earning an estimated £50,000 each per series, but increase their income via the Strictly live tour as well as their own shows and performances. 

However, with the pandemic putting a stop to live audiences for the foreseeable future, with social distancing guidelines possibly continuing for up to 18 months, the team are now looking for extra help. 

‘The pros feel they are struggling now that the tours have all had to be cancelled,’ a source told The Sun. 

‘They feel they deserve more considering how much work they put in for six months of the year, and often the days can be really long and arduous.’ 

It was added that the pros, which include Anton Du Beke, Dianne Buswell and Oti Mabuse, are now stars within their own right away from the series and that should be reflected. 

Currently, it’s rumoured that the judges of the show – Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel-Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Motsi Mabuse, are earning £100-£150,000 each.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Strictly reps for comment. 

Among the upcoming dates cancelled was Strictly: The Professionals, which has been pushed back to next year, and Dianne’s 10-date tour with boyfriend Joe Sugg, The Joe and Dianne Show.

The new reports come after it was claimed that Strictly bosses are determined to keep the show running, with double eliminations a possibility if they are given a shorter run time. 

It’s also been claimed that pros and their celeb partners are going to be put in self-isolation together in order to follow safety guidelines and allow them to perform together. 

To keep fans going during lockdown, a three part special of Strictly highlights are set to air, celebrating the themed Movie, Blackpool and Film weeks from years gone by. 

Strictly Come Dancing is available on BBC iPlayer and is scheduled to return this Autumn to BBC One.

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