Strictly star announces inspiring life story is ‘being made into film’
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 17, 2023 - 12:15AM
Strictly Come Dancing’s Johannes Radebe’s life story has sparked interest from filmmakers (Picture: PA)

is in talks to have turned into a film.

The star wrote a detailed account of his story so far in his autobiography, Jojo: Finally Home, and it has sparked interest from the movie world.

‘Looking at the way things have turned out now, I could not have dreamt that one day people would be reading about my life story, so every day’s a milestone,’ he proudly shared with at an event held at Harold Pinter Theatre in .

He added: ‘But a beautiful thing has happened. The thing I am most looking forward to right now is that we have an opportunity to turn this book into a film,’ reports.

South Africa-born Johannes, 36, has written about how he ended up on Strictly Come Dancing, and what it took to make it.

He recalled how his mother and late aunt brought him up with ‘passion and strength’ which is why he’s the man he is today.

Johannes Radebe’s autobiography documents his journey to Strictly (Picture: David Fisher/Shutterstock for NTA)

In his early dancing days, Johannes would sleep in taxis and studio floors, and the star admitted on The One Show how at the time he simply thought this was ‘what it took’ to make it.

Over a year of writing the book – which was released on September 7 – Johannes retraced his childhood steps and chatted to everyone from his old primary school teachers to his mother.

‘The biggest thing was hearing mama talk about things that happened in the past, and hearing her admit to certain things’ recalled Johannes, who dubbed the process both ‘good’ and ‘challenging’.

Johannes previously made it to the Strictly final with John Whaite (Picture: PA)
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Realising that as a child he had not fully appreciated his mother’s struggles, Johannes then admitted: ‘And I was just like, “Jo, you should have been kinder to mum.” Because she is just also human and getting through things.’

Johannes is back on the line-up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, which begins tonight with the partner reveals!

Ahead of the official launch, speculation has been rife about who is partnered with whom, and clues are

As the new series begins, find out how much the judges, dancers and celebrities get paid on Strictly Come Dancing

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 became one of the most beloved programmes on British TV when it launched in 2004.

Nearly two decades later the ’s juggernaut series, which is hosted by  and , is now in its 20th season and viewers are still obsessed with it.

And now a new series for 2023 is set to begin tonight, with a new lineup of celebs ready to take to the dancefloor, including 

Giving their verdict on the stars’ dancing efforts are head judge Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and the notoriously difficult-to-please Craig Revel Horwood.

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It won’t be all fun and games as the stars have to deal with hours of grueling rehearsals, the entire nation watching their every move and the Strictly curse.

So how much do they all get paid for taking part in Strictly Come Dancing?

Here is everything you need to know about the contestants, judges and professional dancers salaries.

How much do the Strictly celebrities get paid?

While the BBC has kept schtum about the paycheque the celebs take home for dancing on the ballroom floor, reports suggest they each earn a

However, if the stars can master the mambo and win over the judges with their Waltz to make it through the first few weeks of the competition, that sum then goes up to £40,000.

The celebrities that make it all the way to the quarter-finals will then see their earnings shoot up to £60,000, while finalists will get paid £75,000.

And the winner doesn’t just earn bragging rights and the Glitterball Trophy, but will be dancing all the way to the bank with £100,000.

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How much do the professionals on Strictly get paid?

The professional dancer line-up may get a shake-up now and again with old favourites leaving, such as Oti Mabuse, but reports claim they’re all given a standard rate.

Dancers such as Gorka Márquez, Graziano Di Prima and Vito Coppola are paid a flat rate of between £35,000 – £50,000 to appear on the show.

However, they can top up their BBC fees by performing in the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour and, of course, use the juggernaut series’ platform to hustle for other gigs.

How much do the Strictly Come Dancing judges get paid?

 began on £180,000 when she joined the show in 2017 but has since negotiated a pay rise up to a whopping £500,000 per series, according to .

Craig, meanwhile, started out on a salary of £110,000 when he joined the show back in 2004.

More than a decade later, The Sun reports, he earned £180,000, which rose to 2020 in £200,000.


Newer judge Motsi was reportedly  when she joined the Strictly judging panel in 2019. Her current fee is unknown.

Former pro dancer Anton swapped the ballroom floor for the judging panel, replacing Bruno Tonioli, who left to concentrate on Dancing With The Stars.

The Sun claims the 56-year-old takes home between  £175,000 and £200,000.

Strictly 2023 starts on BBC One tonight at 6:35pm.