As the countdown to new BBC talent show, The Voice, begins in earnest, the judges over on Beeb staple, Strictly Come Dancing, are feeling a bit miffed by all the attention.
The station has reportedly lavished over £22 million on the sparkly new talent search which has been translated from an American format.
BBC1 controller Danny Cohen is said to be putting all his energies into The Voice, which is due to launch on March 24 and it’s not going down well with the Strictly crew.
Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood are set to negotiate their £90,000 salaries in light of the news that The Voice judges will be taking home a minimum of £100,000.
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.
Over on The Voice’s coaching panel, Will.i.am is rumoured to be baggin’ a tidy £500, 000 pay check for his part in the show. Sir Tom Jones will take £300, 000, while it is though that Jessie J is on £200,000 and The Script frontman, Danny O’Donoghue, will collect £100, 000.
Having dominated BBC ratings for the past few years and instigated a ratings war with ITV giant, X Factor, the Strictly panel are now less than impressed with their pay-packets.
An insider said: “There are some rumblings of discontent over what they see as the huge sums being spent on The Voice.”
Despite BBC cutbacks aplenty, word on the street is that their new salary demands will be met…but according to the station, before Strictly it was a case of Craig Revel-Who now? Len Goodwhat?
Sources told The Sun that the Beeb simply had to spend more securing its big name Voice coaches, as they were already mega stars. Strictly, on the other hand, turned its judges into household names as a result of the show.
Put that in your pipe and insult it, Craig.