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Shawn Johnson

$cores Big with 'DWTS' Contract

3/27/2009 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shawn Johnson is raking in the cash on "Dancing with the Stars" -- although she may not think it's worth the hassle of dealing with alleged stalker Robert O'Ryan ... and we have her contract to prove it.

We've obtained a copy of Shawn's "Dancing" contract -- a public document filed with the L.A. County Superior Court. A judge had to approve the deal because she's a minor. Under the contract, Shawn gets a guarantee of $125,000 for appearing on the show. By surviving the first elimination, she gets an additional $10,000 a week for weeks 3 and 4.

If Shawn survives the next eliminations, the rate doubles to $20,000 a week for weeks 5, 6 and 7. For weeks 8 and 9 she scores $30,000 a week.

And here's where it really gets sweet. In weeks 10 and 11, if Shawn makes it through, she gets $50,000 a week.

Total take if Shawn makes it to the final 2 -- $365,000.

Under the contract, Shawn must train approximately 20 hours a week. As for the all important issue of injuries ... the contract makes it clear that "Dancing" has no liability. It reads, "Artist releases Producer, Network ... from any and all claims ... arising from physical or other injury resulting from Artist's appearance in the Series..."

Nice work if you can get it.


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haha now i see why people go on that show.

2038 days ago


I like the kinder, gentler TMZ. Specially regarding this story. Many celebs and innocent people could have been at risk from that whack job.

2038 days ago


Why does TMZ follow this socialist horsecrap that it's wrong for anyone to make money?

Hey, Shawn is a super lovely girl and deserves all the cash she can scoop up. Screw people trying to kill the idea of Capitalism. Nothing wrong with people getting PAID.

Make your own.

2038 days ago

dena al    


2038 days ago

remember REALITY    

I head the pervt is actually her bastard brother who staged the whole thing so the lesbian rumors about Shawn will go away!!!

2038 days ago


I had no idea they got paid that much. It makes the show less appealing to me. Seems like they are dancing for money and not the challenge/fun of it. Now I understand why the Bach girl was able to quit her job (who by the way should not be on the show because she has an unfair advantage due to her dance training.) 0

2037 days ago


By Obama's standard she qulifies as the wealthy, so the Governemnt should tax her at 40% so that would leave her with what ? $219,000. WOW share the wealth baby, too bad we won't actually get any of the real money, only Governemnt spending. And if she gets hurt she will probably loose more than that.

2037 days ago



2037 days ago

artie help    

you guys are the cheesiest bunch of ankle biters ever. Keep up the good work.

2037 days ago


I think it's a shame in our economy that stars still get paid enormous amounts of cash just to do things like dance. That money could be put to such better use than this.

2037 days ago

they don't even need to pay these dancing "stars" that much - most people who are on that show would probably do it for free.

2037 days ago


I was naive enough to believe the "stars" didn't get paid to dance. Glad to see others here thought the same thing.

We should have KNOWN though that these coddled "entitled" folks wouldn't do this simply to learn to dance! All about the big bucks naturally.

I feel really stupid because I didn't think they rec'd any money much less that much!

No wonder they all get so upset when they get the old boot or low scores!

Do the contestants on American Idol get paid to appear to? Wow.

I agree that the professional dancers probably only get a tenth of what these "stars" do and THEY are the ones definitely making the "stars" look good! The professional dancers on the show are all AWESOME and definitely deserve just as much or MORE than the "stars" receive!

As for Shawn, she's a beautiful young lady who has an amazing athletic career and I hope & pray that she doesn't get hurt like so many of the other stars have on the show. Seems like more and more of them are getting injured and with her career she certainly doesn't need that.

I'm also so sorry that she had to contend with this crazy man stalking her. Thank God they caught him.

I wish her well in everything she does.

As for the revelation to me that all the "star" participants in DWTS are getting paid such huge bucks has really turned me off to the show.

I haven't watched the current one at all, not even one show and I didn't watch the last group either.

I LOVED the show for several "seasons" because they had really entertaining celebs and it was fun. The last two seasons have had really BORING people IMHO so I haven't tuned in even once.

I LOVE the show and hope they get better and more exciting stars in the coming seasons. From what I've read online, I'm not the only one who has tuned out due to the dull factor.

I do miss watching the show because I LOVE all the pros on there. As I said, ALL of them are truly AWESOME and a joy to watch.

2037 days ago


Dude, people get paid to go on Oprah and Dr. Phil, so why the hell shouldn't they get paid to be on a competition show? And if you think the A.I. contestants aren't at least getting an "allowance" then you must have been born yesterday. Do you really think they're paying for their own rooms, food, clothes?? Get real. Capitalism at work. I have no clue why this would upset anyone. The Obama disease of "class envy" and hating anyone that makes a dime is really making people stupid and forgetting that Capitalism is what make this country great. Not moronic, sick, Socalism.

If you want to be pissed at people for making money, then why not Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, Chris Rock, Nick Cage, etc., who make 15-20 million bucks a pop just to produce more crappy movies. So shut up!!

2037 days ago


What partner could they give her who MIGHT be up to her flexibility level..........GUMBY?

2037 days ago


This chick is absolutely gorgeous!!! She should be on tv or movies. I'm so proud of her!!

2037 days ago
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