STRICTLY Come Dancing bosses are prepared to double celebrities’ fees to convince them to join this year’s series.
Producers want to ensure the BBC’s most-watched show has a strong line-up given much of 2020’s schedule has been left in tatters by coronavirus.
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Top stars are already thought to be paid in the “high five figures” with the best paid bordering on six.
A TV source said: “Coronavirus has made planning a TV show difficult but producers are keen for Strictly to remain the jewel in the BBC’s crown.
“Bookers have been told they can as much as double what they’ve paid for stars in the past.”
BBC chiefs also hope they can sign bigger names than ever because more are free due to cancelled projects.
A Beeb source added: “They’ve made some offers already and will be continuing to do so over the next few months to lock down a stellar line-up.”
A BBC spokesman declined to comment.
Last month The Sun revealed bosses were looking at ideas including putting stars and their pro partners in isolation together.
The move would reduce the chances of infection but might anger celebrities’ real-life other halves.
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