Strictly’s Bruno Tonioli ‘earning £33,000 a minute’ for video link appearances

Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli is reportedly raking in £33,000 per minute for video appearances in this year’s series.

The telly star, 65, has not appeared in person because he is in the US filming Dancing With The Stars.

As a result he is believed to be earning half his usual £250,000 fee.

But he has so far appeared for a total of three minutes and 46 seconds on the ­current Strictly series.

That means he has earned roughly £33,185 per minute for his airtime.

However, insiders said the Italian works more hours off camera.

A source said: "Bruno is with us for around six hours each week – as with all talent, the time commitment for the show of course far exceeds on-screen time."

Bruno pops up only via video link on the Sunday results shows due to lockdown rules.

It comes after the BBC was accused last week of "pulling out all the stops" to get Maisie Smith into the Strictly final.

The EastEnders star, 19, who plays Tiffany Butcher in the soap, has been in the dance-off twice but survived.

A source said: "There are a lot of people involved with Strictly who felt that there was some preferential treatment going on.”"

A BBC spokesman said: "The suggestion that any of the couples receive preferential treatment is completely untrue and unfounded."

Maisie and her partner Gorka Marquez were the first pair to find out they had make it through to next week's final during Sunday's results show.

Good Morning Britain beauty Ranvir Singh and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice were the latest couple to get the boot from the BBC dancing competition on Sunday.

The pair found themselves in the dreaded dance off with Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing and his pro partner Karen Hauer.

While Motsi opted to save Ranvir and Giovanni, head judge Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood picked Jamie and Karen to make the final.

Four couples are set to battle for the Glitterball Trophy in the final next weekend.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday at 6pm

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