BGT bosses risk wrath of Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon over ITV show pay row
Britain's Got Talent bosses have risked the wrath of Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon after giving their co-star Bruno Tonioli a pay rise, according to reports.
The ex Strictly Come Dancing judge, 67, joined the ITV show earlier this year and is has been reported that he's been given a boost in his wages ahead of the next series, which is usually filmed in January. Sources have claimed it could upset co-stars Amanda and Alesha.
Earlier this year, it was claimed the long-standing judges were "furious" that Bruno could end up getting the same salary as them. Amanda has been on the show since it started back in 2007 and Alesha joined the show five years later in 2012. Insiders have claimed the pair would be unhappy if Bruno entered on the same wage despite their longevity on the show.
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Ahead of the latest series, reports have suggested Simon Cowell has stepped in to make sure Bruno earns less than his female co-stars. However, it is not confirmed that Bruno may receive a higher salary than his co-stars but sources say that the atmosphere on the show remains positive.
A TV insider told The Sun: "The moment Amanda and Alesha get wind of this they will be asking some serious questions of the execs on the show. It's nothing personal aimed at Bruno, both of his fellow judges love him and feel he's fitted in brilliantly, and they know the show's bosses aren't about to give him a higher wage than them.
"But Amanda has been on BGT for 16 years and Alesha has clocked up 11 years, and there's now the prospect of him bagging a pay deal that brings him close to them after just one series." Bruno's contract is allegedly renewed annually, whereas both Amanda and Alesha have a three-year contract they are believed to have signed earlier this year." Daily Star has reached out to ITV, Amanda, Alesha and Bruno's representatives for a comment.
It comes after Amanda, 52, dressed to impress for the Global Radio's Make Some Noise charity event. She rocked up to the gala in a stunning black semi-sheer gown with an extremely plunging neckline. With her bra on show, the mother of two beamed as she made her way through London before posing for snaps on the red carpet.
Her show-stopping gown also featured an eye-popping thigh split and the Britain’s Got Talent judge teamed her latest outfit with a killer pair of open-toe heels. Global’s gala raises money for its Make Some Noise charity which helps disadvantaged young people and their families up and down the UK.
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The event, run by Global, Heart FM's parent company, raised a whopping £1,120,617 for small charities and projects across the UK. Amanda posted snaps of her stunning outfit from the night on Instagram, writing: "Always a special evening for #MakeSomeNoise – supporting projects across the UK making sure nobody is left facing their biggest challenges alone."
Fans were quick to compliment her, calling her "beautiful" and "ageless". Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly responded with two 'flame' emojis, while another fan dubbed her a "gorgeous lady".
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