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    Posted: 06 Mar 2012 at 18:37

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Published: Today at 00:22

STRICTLY judges have demanded extra cash after seeing celeb coaches on new BBC1 show The Voice land big pay deals.


The experts on the Beeb's Strictly Come Dancing currently take home around £90,000 each for a series.

But as Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood get set to negotiate new contracts they have signalled they will be looking for more dough — and ARE set to get it.

All three are due to begin talking about salaries in the next few weeks, with another judge to be recruited to replace Alesha Dixon.

Singer Alesha was reported to have been on £100,000 on Strictly but left to join Britain's Got Talent on ITV for £350,000. Now the Beeb is splashing out huge sums on its new singing talent show The Voice, with US rapper Will.i.am understood to be on a deal worth £500,000.

Fellow coach Sir Tom Jones is estimated to be on £300,000 while it is thought Jessie J will pick up £200,000 and Danny O'Donoghue £100,000.

Big deal ... coaches on The Voice will get better pay
BBC1 controller Danny Cohen is said to be putting all his energies into The Voice, which is due to launch on March 24. But the stars of Strictly say THEIRS is the biggest entertainment show on BBC1 and want their salaries to reflect this.

An insider said: "There are some rumblings of discontent over what they see as the huge sums being spent on The Voice."

Sources said the Beeb had to spend more on securing The Voice coaches as they were already big stars, whereas Strictly turned its judges into household names.

Go figure ... stars' massive wage packets

A BBC spokesman said: "The role of the judges on Strictly is massively important to the show."

And a Beeb source added: "When they come to renegotiate their contracts the BBC will bear in mind that last year's series was one of the best ever — and their new deals will reflect that and they will be paid accordingly."

- THE X Factor has been rapped by Ofcom over Frankie Cocozza swearing live on the ITV1 show before the watershed. More than 100 viewers complained after Frankie, 19, said "F***ing have it" when told he was through to the next round.


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