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Shawn Johnson Makes Big Money on Dancing with the Stars

The following was dug up by Reality TV Magazine when they found some court documents that details what Shawn Johnson was being paid to be on Dancing with the Stars. My commentary will follow:

According to the contract filed in court between Johnson and BBC Worldwide Productions, which produces the show, Shawn Johnson is being paid a guarantee of $125,000 to do the show, Access Hollywood has reported. The guarantee covers training, the first two weeks of Dancing With The Stars and her appearance at the finale.

Shawn Johnson will receive $10,000 for getting through the third and fourth weeks of Dancing With The Stars.

For weeks 5, 6 and 7, the gymnast will take home $20,000 a week. She’ll earn $30,000 for weeks 8 and 9, and if she makes it to weeks 10 and 11, Shawn Johnson will earn $50,000 a week, for a grand total of $365,000.

If Dancing With The Stars chooses to produce specials of the show she can earn $30,000 for each one made.

The money doesn’t end there either. Future Dancing With The Stars programming which would complement her Dancing With The Stars run would earn Shawn Johnson $10,000 per show, and $5,000 for each in studio interview promoting the possible new official programming tied into the show. She is not paid, however, to do publicity for the show.
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Ok, so we all knew that Dancing with the Stars was paying a reasonably large amount of money for the stars to participate. It’s just fun to see the actual numbers. Seems like a reasonable sum to me considering she’s going out of her comfort zone and dancing in front of 30 million people LIVE each week. I’m really happy for her and I’m glad that she’s getting paid. I’m sure she’s doing alright for herself, but being a gymnast isn’t the most lucrative job in the world I’m sure. Granted, she is probably the highest earning gymnast in America. Regardless I’m cool with the amount. Doesn’t sound too outrageous to me.

What would be interesting is to know how much Woz and Mark Cuban got paid/are getting paid. They are both billionaires and so $365,000 (which they’ll get much less) is just more than a rounding error for them. Hopefully they did something nice and gave it to charity.

I bet Melissa must be really happy. I wonder how much she’s getting paid to step in at the last minute and do this. Enough for her to quit her job. I’m actually glad she’s getting paid after Jason Mesnick screwed her over. There’s always a silver lining.

March 31, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Woz to Walk Karina Smirnoff Down the Aisle

Seriously? Something seems wrong here. Why would Karina have Woz walk her down the aisle? Sure, invite Woz to the wedding. That’s cool. However, asking Woz to walk you down the aisle sure looks like a young russian girl trying to get in the pocket of a rich nerd.

Here’s the quote from the report:

“She said I could walk her down the aisle, and it touched my heart,” Wozniak told The Insider on Thursday.

More power to you Woz. You are dancing to your own beat and can do what you want with your life. This just doesn’t sound and feel right. Maybe Karina just has no friends and family that REALLY care about her and the Woz really does care about people in general. Would people really be surprised if this was the case?

Although Karina is having trouble setting a date since she has “so many family members”:

“We started talking about it and figuring out when and where we’re going to have it,” Smirnoff told Us last month. “But there’s so many family members that have a say that we got to try to make sure that everyone will be happy. But we think it will be sometime before the end of this year. So, not so long.”

Maybe Karina was just drunk and said it off hand. Who knows. Either way, it’s odd that she asked him to walk her down the aisle.

March 30, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Music for Woz on Dancing with the Stars 8

I just saw an interesting tweet from a number of Geeks who are joining together online to support Woz on DWTS. The tweet said that Woz will be dancing a Cha-Cha to Bachman Turner Overdrive’s song “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”Bachman-Turner Overdrive - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bachman-Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Seems like a fitting song for Woz.

If Woz can stay on for a couple weeks, I think people will be surprised how many geeks across the world get together to back him.

March 7, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Picture of Steve Wozniak Practicing for Dancing with the Stars

Tonight on twitter I saw a number of people post a recently released picture of Steve Wozniak practicing for Dancing with the Stars. It looks like the picture was posted on the Seattle Times. Check out this picture of Woz preparing for Dancing with the Stars.

How great is it going to be to have Woz on Dancing with the Stars? More on that soon.

February 11, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.