Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood have all reportedly told BBC bosses that they will return to Strictly Come Dancing later this year, but only if they are offered a substantial pay rise.
The three dance experts know that they are needed for the 2012 series of the reality TV show, after Alesha Dixon jumped ship and moved to Britain’s Got Talent last month.
The men are due to enter negotiations with Beeb executives in a few weeks time and it has been claimed that producers are willing to up their wages, knowing that they have just spent a huge amount of cash on their panel for The Voice.
It has been reported that Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am was offered a huge £500,000 to take part in the new singing show – due to launch in just over two weeks time – while Tom Jones is commanding £300,000. It is thought that Jessie J will earn £200,000 over the series and The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue will bring in a respectable £100,000.
On last year’s Strictly, it is thought that Alesha was earning £100,000, but has now signed a deal worth £350,000 with Simon Cowell.
A source told The Sun that the dance panel want to make sure they aren’t forgotten about, when all the cash is being splashed, as they are aware that last autumn and winter, they were producing the most popular TV show in the UK. They explained:
“There are some rumblings of discontent over what they see as the huge sums being spent on The Voice.”
A BBC spokesman said: “The role of the judges on Strictly is massively important to the show.”
And a Beeb source added: “When they come to renegotiate their contracts the BBC will bear in mind that last year’s series was one of the best ever — and their new deals will reflect that and they will be paid accordingly.”
BBC bosses are currently on the hunt for a replacement for Dixon and last week, Craig Revel Horwoord admitted that he’d like to see former ballerina Darcey Bussell for the series.
However, show professional Ola Jordan thinks she’d be perfect for the job and would love a spot on the panel and Arlene Phillips is also said to be in the frame.
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