Bristol Palin, 19, is the latest “star” to be rumored as part of the Season 11 cast of Dancing With The Stars. The single mother, if she can dance (and/or have a huge fan base to vote her through each week) could potentially make a nice salary on ABC’s mega-hit show.
Toss in there her speaking engagements at around $14,000 a gig, well, the teen mother may be sitting pretty in the financial department, something her ex, Levi Johnston, seems hell bent upon doing at practically any cost (for example, running for the Mayor of Wasilla Alaska on a reality show).
Palin has already made her acting debut on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” in a cameo appearance as herself. But with her role on DWTS Palin could make some serious money.
There are varying reports on the web stating how much stars make on DWTS, anywhere from $245,000 to $500,000. Of course it depends on several factors but more than likely, the actual amount a star make is probably kept close under wraps.
For example, a report on the DWTS website (click here) states that Howard Stern’s wife, Beth Ostrosky was offered a base salary of $125,000 just for appearing on the show. After that, had Ostrosky accepted the offer, she would have made $20,000 per week for each week she stayed on the show. Stern also stated that a $50,000 bonus was offered if DWTS extended to a ninth week recap show (that was during Season 3 when fewer stars and episodes were shown).
However, if you are Kate Gosselin you may make a little bit more than that. A report by PopEaters states that the single mom of eight earned nearly half a million dollars even though she didn’t get through week five.
While there doesn’t appear to be concrete evidence of what a star makes by appearing on Dancing With The Stars, reports that Bristol are making $14,000 for each speaking engagement regarding teens and pregnancy are fairly consistent.
Palin is due to speak in Louisville, Kentucky on September 8 on behalf of LIfehouse which is an organization helping single mothers with raising their children.
Sources: http://www.dwts.org/page/DWTS+salaries%3A+How+much+do+the+stars+make%3F, http://www.wlky.com/r/24722172/detail.html, http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/don_tripp_fAockwDkF3cv0v4UVhV10N#ixzz0xnlFcHlPhttp://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/08/24/bristol-palin-to-earn-14-000-speaker-fee-levi-johnston-files-c/,