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Stars Still Dancing to the Bank?

10/10/2006 3:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

graphic of a question markDo the celebs get paid to be on "Dancing with the Stars"?

Dancing with the StarsAs it turns out, Frances, the celebs who appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" do get monetarily rewarded for all of the blood, sweat and tears they put into those grueling practices. However, according to past celebs, like season two winner Drew Lachey, the payoff is pocket change compared to the big ratings the network receives. It is reported that they get a measly (if that's what you want to call it) $245,000 for up to eight weeks of dancing. And for those of you too lazy to do the math, that breaks down to $30,625 a week. Do with that what you will.

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This fabulous actress isn't down for the count, though. She'll be appearing in a number of movies next year.

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chopchop    

Of course they get paid! Most of the "stars" on this show are washed up has-beens!! I'm sure they wouldn't set foot on that dance floor without some type of payment!!! I don't know about you, but $245,000 sounds pretty good to me!!!!

2881 days ago
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SP    

I vote for Springer all the way. He dances like us real people.

2881 days ago
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chopchop    

The Hills is so boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was very disappointed with the 1st season. Lauren seems to be wishy-washy about everything she does!!

2881 days ago
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Rosebud    

Oh, I feel SO sorry for them. Over 30,000 per week? That's just pitiful. Tell them to come crying to me when they dip down to a paltry $400/week and living paycheck to paycheck. This article makes me want to gag.

2881 days ago
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ha!    

I think Mario should star in Schreech's next movie "SAVED BY THE SMELL2 revenge of the ass"

2881 days ago
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Jenna    

If I were a "washed up" star, as all of these stars who are "Dancing with the Stars" are, I wouldn't complain about $30K per week. I also wouldn't call it "measley." I would call it an opportunity to get your career back on track and to pay some bills. It just seems like some of these "b" stars are so greedy and ungrateful..

2881 days ago
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TJ    

All you jealous people, shame, shame!! You are calling them washed up..but they are successful and good at what they do. You guys will spend all your lives as wannabees and leading mediocre lives, scraping by..and spending all your time blogging and criticizing everyone else you are jealous of.

2881 days ago
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Vicki    

Oh Kelly, Kelly. No one is jeolous of anyone. They are has beens and are greedy! Come on now, you make $245,000. for eight weeks worth of work? I think not unless you are doing something nasty. Drew Lachey is the biggest has been around he should be grateful for working at all!!!

2881 days ago
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chopchop    

Kelly #6, Admit it, they are washed-up and looking for any opportunity to be back in the spotlight. And who are you to call anyone's life "mediocre"? You seem like a miserable BITCH!!!!!!!!

2881 days ago
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chopchop    

Dear Kelly: GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!! # 7 & 8 are right on target!!!!

2881 days ago
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Eli    

Mario is hot, if he f**** the way he dances ,he could do me anytime!

2880 days ago
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Art    

This show is a huge joke. This is not about who is the best dancer, instead, is is all about which contestant the audience like the best. Go back over last few years, and you see that those that could not dance a lick was kept on over those that where the better dancer. My wife watches this show, and she knows that I am always right because I only debated the issue I know about. Those in America that watches this show got to half a very low IQ among many other issues.

2880 days ago
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Eli    

#11 your a hater!!!!!!

2880 days ago
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Gina    

No. 11:
Most of the people I know are college graduates that watch the show-but to you I presume that is the lower half of the I.Q. range. You say your wife watches the show? Is that what you think of her? I hope not. It looks like you watch the show as well.

Personally, it's a scam that the really good dancers are voted off and the ones with fans stay on-but we know that going in to the show. I didn't know the amount of money they receive, and some of the posters are correct. It would be greed no to be grateful for that amount of money, or any money at all. As far as has beens most of the stars are not people that are easily recognizable, unlike Harry Hamlin or perhaps Vivica A. Fox in movies. Jerry Springer also.

I agree with Suzy's comments, No.5. It is a chance to be seen and maybe kick start a career again.

2880 days ago
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Michele    

That's it, I will no longer watch the program. Why are these people getting paid. If they want money to be taught by a professional dancer, then they should pay for it themselves, not $30,000.00 a week. They are not all well known, they should be happy for the little bit of fame they are getting. No wonder their were 11 couples this year, I'd take the gig.

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