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'Dancing with the Stars Juniors': How Much the Kids Get Paid

Updated on October 21, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors is a spinoff show of Dancing with the Stars. It premiered on ABC on September 7, 2018 with 12 pint-size celebrities and children of celebrities. They range in ages from 9 to 14.

There are some obvious differences between the two dancing shows. What is the same is that the kids get paid just like the adults.

Differences Between the Two Dancing Shows

The spinoff show doesn't have the same rules as the original show. However, they have the same dances. It seems as though the dance routines are shorter.

The rehearsal times are different to be in compliance with California Child Labor Laws. Besides, the kids are in school and cannot rehearse as much as the adults.

The adult show is a live broadcast while the junior show is pre-taped. Viewers get to vote for their favorite contestant each week on the adult show. That is not the case with the juniors. Fifty percent of the judges' scores are combined with 50 percent of the votes from the live audience.

The kids have 10 episodes while the season for the adults is a little longer. Also, there are more couples on the regular show.

Contestant on "Dancing with the Stars: Junior"
Contestant on "Dancing with the Stars: Junior"

How Much the Kids Get Paid

It has been reported that contestants are paid $125,000 just for signing up to compete on the adult show. They are then paid additional money for each episode. The little stars receive $50,000 just for signing up to be part of the show. Then they get paid for every episode they stay on the show, according to TMZ.

  • For episodes 2 and 3, they get $5,000.
  • For episodes 4 and 5, they get $7,500.
  • For episodes 6 and 7, they get $10,000.
  • For episode 8, they get $15,000.
  • For the finale, they get $20,000.
  • The junior star who becomes the winner will take home $130,000 along with the Mirror Ball Trophy. The kid will also have bragging rights for being the winner of the first Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
  • The winner and those who make it to the finale of the adult version get $345,000. The only difference is that the winner gets the trophy and bragging rights.

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson
Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson

Kid Celebrities

Nine of the kids are celebrities who get paid for acting. The money they make on the dancing show is a big addition to what they get for acting. One of the most talked about celebrity is 12-year-old Alana, “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson. She already has a net worth of $800,000.

Alana has been a child star most of her life. She made money from her beauty pageants when she rose to fame on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras. Then she and her family became even more famous when they launched Here Come Honey Boo Boo also on TLC. She has made up to $50,000 per episode on that reality show.

The other eight kids who make their own money include Black-ish star Miles Brown, Stuck in the Middle actress Ariana Greenblatt, Jason Maybaum star of Raven's Home, songwriter and actress Mackenzie Ziegler, snowboarder Sky Brown and Akash Vukoti, recent winner of Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Thirteen-year-old Addison Osta Smith was eliminated the first week. She was the winner of “MasterChef Junior." Hudson West, the 10-year-old actor on General Hospital was eliminated on the second week of competition.

Tripp Johnston Palin was also eliminated the first week, but he is not a celebrity. He is the grandson of former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin and the son of Bristol Palin who was a contestant on DWTS in Season 11 in 2010 and again in the All Stars Season 15. She was partnered with Mark Ballas and did not win either time.

Everybody Gets Paid on the Show

Everyone on the show gets paid. Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz are hosting the show. They were the winner and runner-up of Season 25 of DWTS.

The three judges are Mandy Moore, Val Chmerkovskiy, and Adam Rippon. The team of mentors and pros are also on ABC's Dancing with the Stars payroll.

Everyone on the show is dancing all the way to the bank.

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