Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes on Dancing with the Stars?
From the hook-ups and the makeup to the pro who was nearly a judge, here are 22 things you didn’t know about the popular reality competition show!
1. It’s Based on the British Series, Strictly Come Dancing
Dancing with the Stars is based on the British Series, Strictly Come Dancing, which premiered in 2004. Len Goodman has been the head judge on both series.
2. Mark Ballas Dated Two of His Partners
Mark Ballas dated dancing partner Sabrina Bryan during the show in 2007. Two years later, he was rumored to be dating partner Shawn Johnson.
3. The Money is Worth It
The celebrity contestants get a pretty fabulous paycheck for their time on Dancing with the Stars, even if they don’t make it past the first elimination. Several have reported a base salary of $125,000, and that number goes up for the contestants who make it further in the competition.
4. The Show Really Wants Bill Clinton to Compete
How amazing would this be? Bill Clinton has been asked repeatedly to be on Dancing with the Stars, but he hasn’t said yes. Yet.
5. Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec
These two weren’t secretive about their budding romance when they were partners on the show, and that romance lasted. The two eventually got married, and they’re cuter than ever.
6. Last Minute Costumes
You might imagine it takes a lot of time to make those fancy costumes, but in reality, the constestants don’t get to wear them until dress rehearsal, and even then, they may not be totally complete. The final look usually isn’t ready until just before the show begins!