'Strictly Come Dancing' star wants pay rise

'Strictly Come Dancing' star wants pay rise

Bruno Tonioli wants a pay rise from 'Strictly Come Dancing' bosses.

The 56-year-old choreographer – who has been a judge on the BBC One show for eight years – earns a salary of £90,000 (€67,658) for his work on the series, in comparison with 'The Voice' coaches Jessie J, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue, who bag up to £300,000 (€225,527) for their work on the talent competition.

After hearing about the wage gap with his BBC co-stars, Bruno fumed: "Are you kidding? Don’t even go there!

"I’ll make some phone calls to check those figures and then we’ll talk about it. I think the BBC are going to have to make a phone call! It’s about time."

However, the Italian dancer – whose former 'Strictly' co-star Alesha Dixon defected to rival show 'Britain's Got Talent' earlier this year in a rumoured £400,000 (€300,702) deal – is resigned to the fact that BBC bosses will never be prepared to match the salaries of panellists on 'The X Factor'.

He added to the Daily Mail newspaper: "I know one thing – they will never pay 'X Factor' figures."

Despite her significantly larger pay cheque on rival channel ITV1, Alesha recently claimed her move had nothing to do with money.

She said: "It's not about the money, it's about doing different things and new challenges. It really isn't, I honestly don't make decisions based on money.

"It was time for a change and it's been a great change. The chemistry has been brilliant and I've had a lot of fun."

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