How much do reality TV stars get paid?

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Have you ever considered just how much money it would take to persuade you to eat a witchety bug - or to demonstrate your dad-dancing in public?

The stars of shows like I'm A Celebrity certainly do. Every series brings with it a round of negotiations as the stars haggle over their rates, based mainly on their popularity and fame.

Late last year, the pay packets for I'm A Celebrity were reportedly leaked - and they varied enormously. Carol Vorderman was said to be the highest-paid celeb, taking home £200,000.

But while most of the stars earned between £70,000 and £150,000, the lowest-paid - Diversity star Jordan Banjo and former Skins actor Joel Dommett - were said by the Daily Express to be taking home just £25,000.

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You might think that getting stranded in the jungle would merit a bit more money than living in a comfortable house. However, last week, the Sun revealed a few details about the pay packets for this year's Celebrity Big Brother - and it's more than you might expect.

Speidi - aka Heidi Montag - and Spencer Pratt, who married in 2009, are reportedly earning £570,000 between them for what will be their second stay in the Big Brother house.

Meanwhile, rapper Ray J is expected to at least equal the £810,000 he pulled in last time; and Katie Price and both of the X Factor twins Jedward are likely to be looking to match their previous £500,000 fees.

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But one exception to the haggling is Strictly Come Dancing, which offers all its celebrity contestants the same fee.

They get a minimum of £25,000 for taking part, but this rises to £40,000 if they manage to stay in until the end of October.

Get as far as the quarter finals, and their pay goes up to £60,000, with the semi-finalists bumped up to £75,000 - and the winner netting £100,000.

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And you don't even have to be a celebrity to get paid simply for appearing in a reality show - though not on quite the same scale. According to the Sun, the families appearing on Gogglebox get £1,500 a month each, in return for 12 hours of filming.

Most reality shows don't pay quite so well - although many give the chance of winning a big prize. You can apply to take part in Channel 4 programmes here; BBC programmes here and ITV here. You may not pull a half-million-pound fee, but you'll certainly have an interesting experience.