What can celebrities do to earn a Mega Moolah jackpot sized windfall?
There once was a time when celebrities became celebrities because of their expertise within their chosen field. Footballers became famous because they played football, actors and actresses for starring on television shows and films, newscasters for reading the news and so on.
However, one of the most common trends in modern times has to be to encourage celebrities to undertake tasks well beyond their chosen field of expertise and perhaps the greatest example of that is the TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, which came to a conclusion recently in the UK.
Shows such as this have offered celebrities the chance to increase their earning power in a different way, by appearing on these shows. So, the question I have to ask is, whether chomping your way through a pile of sheep's eyeballs and kangaroo testicles is going to earn celebrities a bumper payday, say matching the amount they would land through a typical Mega Moolah jackpot win?
Celebrity Appearance Fees
If you have the money (and you will need a lot of it), then you can book a number of celebrities to appear or even entertain guests at your big event. It was recently reported that Beyonce was one of a number of high profile guests to attend a wedding between two members of a couple of the richest families in India, while there have been examples of other stars being booked to perform or even just attend a party somewhere exotic around the globe.
Having a star name attend your bash though doesn't come cheap.
Rihanna is reportedly willing to turn up and sing a few of her hits for an astonishing $8 million, which is a fair bit more than what Madonna, who was once paid $5m for a private concert in Dubai. Kanye West was once paid $3m for a private show by the president of Kazakhstan, while if you want to spend a little less then you could hire Miley Cyrus or Bruno Mars for around $1.5m. Justin Bieber was reportedly ready to sing at your party for $1m, although we feel that price may have risen since then.
However it is not just singing superstars that can earn big money for simply appearing at a party, if you fancy Simon Cowell turning up to your bash, then that's going to set you back $100,000, while Kylie Jenner and sister Kim Kardashian would set you back around $100,000 and $500,000 respectively.
Clearly, if you are a big name in demand, then you can land Mega Moolah by simply turning up or performing at private shows.
I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here appearance money
A show where you get to watch a number of frequently D-list celebrities indulge in minor arguments and a succession of squeamish tasks which makes you struggle to hold onto the contents of your evening meal. I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has been a huge success since its release.
For the celebrities taking part, the first windfall comes in their appearance money, however there is a striking difference between what the top celebrities are paid to appear, compared to some of the lesser known faces.
For example, in the 2018 version, Malique Thompson-Dwyer received the lowest amount for his stay in camp, reputed to be around £15,000. The majority of other celebrities in the show receive between £40,000 and £60,000 for their participation.
Rita Simons took home between £80,000 to £100,000 while the more recognisable John Barrowman and Nick Knowles both reportedly earned £200,000 for their stint in the jungle. However, it was Harry Redknapp and Noel Edmonds who landed the top fees with Redknapp pocketing £500,000 and Edmonds £600,000 simply for appearing on the show.
Factor into that the amount of money these celebrities can now go on to make following their increase in profile and fame due to their participation on the show and it is easy to see why chomping your way through a grub or being buried with rats is so appealing to so many.
However, despite the money the contestants earn, the real winners on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is the presenting team, with the two presenters, who were Ant and Dec but this year saw Holly Willoughby replace Dec, reported to be earning £2.5 million per series for presenting the show.
The staple of the Christmas theatre in the UK, pantomime is one of the festive traditions that remains strong in the UK as families, young and old alike, attend the theatre to watch any number of popular Christmas productions.
It is also a relatively well-paying gig if you are a famous face willing to slap on some greasepaint and an ill-fitting wig. Eastenders pair Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale) and Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) reportedly took home around £130,000 apiece for their roles in pantomime in 2017.
Loose Women presenter Colleen Nolan received an even bigger fee of around £300,000 for her work over the festive period in panto last year.
Celebrity Big Brother
The famous reality TV show which saw a celebrities movements tracked 24-hours a day, 7-days a week was a potential earner for celebrities up until the final series this year. Over the years a number of famous faces have earned a fair bit of cash for their efforts in the Big Brother House.
Perpetually annoying Irish duo Jedward were rumoured to have pocketed £500,000 each for their appearance on the show back in 2011, while Katie Price appeared in 2015 and reportedly pocketed £400,000 for her time on the show.
The late David Gest was paid around £600,000 for his appearance on the show in 2015 and he was the highest paid housemate ever until Ray J, a man whose primary claim to fame was producing a sex tape with Kim Kardashian, reportedly earned around £810,000 ($1,000,000) for his appearance on the show a year or so later.
It is relatively clear therefore, that if you are a famous enough face, that turning your profile and appearance into money can be relatively easy. Perhaps it may only be the true megastars that can earn Mega Moolah sized jackpot amounts from a single appearance or performance, but for the majority of stars, it is still possible to earn a fair bit of cash because of your name.
Although you may have to trade a little dignity and consume a few unpalatable meals in order to land that big payday.
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