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'DWTS' Star Zendaya

I Can't Vote ...

But I CAN Cash Checks

4/15/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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She's only 16 years old, but "Dancing with the Stars" front-runner Zendaya is on track to rake in $345,000 during the ballroom battle ... IF she can make it to the finale.

According to her "DWTS" contract ... Zendaya collected $125,000 to kick off the competition and appear on the first two weeks of the show. After that, she gets paid weekly -- SOP for all the contestants.

The good news for the dance-savvy Disney star -- the $$$ goes up, the longer she can last. Here's the breakdown:
 
Weeks 3 & 4: $10,000 per week ($20k total)
Weeks 5 & 6: $20,000 per week ($40k total)
Weeks 7 & 8: $30,000 per week ($60k total)
Weeks 9 & 10: $50,000 per week ($100k total)

Grand total for all 10 weeks: $345,000

You gotta understand, Zendaya's been blowing away the competition -- meaning there's a good chance she could take home the mirror ball ... and with it, all that cash.

Sure beats flippin' burgers.

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Boy you're an idiot.

495 days ago
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tdr9    

Flipping burgers is not that bad, at least it's a job

495 days ago
3.

LDB    

of coarse she's good. she was on a Disney show about dancing

495 days ago
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birdman    

Why would they put a professional dancer on the show? Seems kind of unfair, no?

495 days ago
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bernergirl    

Isn't that less than Shawn Johnson got?

495 days ago
6.

NOT ELMO    

'DWTS' Star Zendaya
I Can't Vote ...
But I CAN Cash Checks....................i like Bella Thorne a Lot More in General, Just Saying !

494 days ago
7.

zombie    

This is an "exclusive" story? Lol. Okay then.

494 days ago
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smorbie    

She's kind of a ringer, being a professional dancer and all.

494 days ago
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TigersMom    

Ummmm...I wouldn't say "blowing away the competition", she hasn't been at the top of the leader board in 3 weeks. Kelly Pickler and Ali Reisman have.

494 days ago
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momofthree    

That girl has never flipped a burger. She also has several advantages over the other contestants, not the least of which are her age and the fact that she routinely does choreographed numbers on her Disney show, which I also can't stand.

494 days ago
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Loves you    

For some reason I was thinking the money was supposed to go to charity but maybe I have the wrong show

494 days ago
12.

Greg    

she is an awesome dancer, but I thought this competition was for people who don't know how to dance. I mean for christs sake she is on a nick show that show that is all about dancing. she rehearses and performs on a regular basis, of course she is going to win. If there was a reality show called so you think you can swin and one of the contestants was michael phelps it would be the same thing. anyways I don't care much if she win or not, she is very talented and beautiful though and I wish her much success in the future. lets just hope this doesn't go to her head.

494 days ago
13.

Tracey    

The Disney Channel kid last year, had a dance background. Didn't mean he could ballroom dance.

494 days ago
14.

Thyxxx    

Lots of the people that have been on DWTS have danced as pros and some (being actors) have a dance bkgd including some athletes.

494 days ago
15.

Tracey    

LOVE that kid!

494 days ago
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