What Do The 'Dancing With the Stars' 2021 Winners Get? Prize Revealed

The Dancing with the Stars 2021 finale takes place on Monday, November 22. For the past 11 weeks, famous faces have been taking to the ballroom floor in a bid to make the Top 3 or 4, and a chance to be crowned the winners.

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the big prize the winners of Dancing with the Stars receive at the end of the season.

What Do The Dancing With the Stars 2021 Winners Get?

After 12 weeks, the winners of Dancing with the Stars will have the privilege to take home the famous Mirrorball Trophy.

They will also earn the title of Dancing with the Stars winners and take home the pride of beating the other top couples.

There is no prize money at the end of Dancing with the Stars, but the winning couple will take home significantly more than their competitors for making it to the very end.

The salaries of the Dancing with the Stars contestants have never been revealed, but according to Parade.com, all of the celebrity contestants earn the same amount.

In 2019, Variety reported the final three contestants on the ABC show can take home a maximum of $295,000.

TV Insider explained the pay for each contestant increases the longer they stay in the competition, starting from Week 3 onwards.

The Mirrorball Trophy, pride, and some decent dollars is not the only thing some contestants can win, for many winners, appearing on and winning the show can help boost their careers overall.

For example, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Riberio (who won Season 19 in 2014) has gone on to host America's Funniest Home Videos.

Brooke Burke-Charvet, who won Season 7 in 2008, went on to co-host Dancing With the Stars for nine seasons, while Erin Andrews landed the role as a sportscaster for Fox Sports.

Country music Radio Host Bobby Bones is also a huge success story. He won Season 27 in 2018 and went on to appear as a mentor on American Idol. He also served as a host in 2019 when Ryan Seacrest had to miss a show due to illness.

There are also former contestants who may not have won the show, but there is no doubt their appearance on Dancing with the Stars propelled them back into the spotlight.

For example, actress Melissa Joan Hart competed on Season 9 of Dancing With the Stars in 2009, and in 2010 she made her return to television in ABC's Melissa and Joey, starring alongside Joey Lawrence who appeared on the show in Season 3.

Kim Kardashian's appearance on Season 7 in 2008 most certainly helped boost her popularity and her family's show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which had only been on the air for one year at the time.

Soap star Lisa Rinna made it to the Top 4 in the second season of Dancing With the Stars back in 2006. Since then, her career thrived and today she can be seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The most recent famous face to win Dancing with the Stars is The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe. She won the competition with professional dancer Artem Chigvinstev.

Kaitlyn Bristowe Dancing With the stars
Kaitlyn Bristowe returned to Dancing With the Stars last week (Nov 8) to perform. ABC/Eric McCandless

Catfish host Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson finished in second place, while singer Nelly and Daniella Karagach and actress Justina Machado and Sasha Farber came in third and fourth place, respectively.

Since winning Dancing with the Stars, Bristowe has returned to The Bachelorette as a host, alongside fellow former Bachelorette Tayshia Adams and together, they have co-hosted two seasons of the show.

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday's at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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