Gogglebox has been getting us through recently with its heart-warming interactions and clever wit as our favourite families like Jenny and Lee, The Siddiquis and more critique the week's TV. And although some of the contestant have had to stop filming due to the coronavirus restrictions, most of the regular favourites have returned for the brand new series. While getting paid to watch TV with your favourite family members sounds like The Dream, we can't help but wonder how much the stars are paid to be on the show. Want to know more? We've done investigating, and this is all you need to know about how much they're paid…
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How much do Googlebox families get paid?
While Channel 4 themselves have never confirmed the star's wages, according to The Sun, each family is paid the same monthly allowance of £1,500. The paper reported that the stars of the show are paid the allowance and it is then split between the family's members at their own discretion. On top of this, each family is reportedly treated to a takeaway during filming.
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Jenny and Lee have been on the show since the beginning
During her time on I'm A Celebrity, original Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt revealed that she had paid off her parents' mortgage with her earnings, but this was most likely due to her deals and endorsements than her Gogglebox salary. Sandra Martin also told the Mail On Sunday, "I paid tax on an income of £100,000. In fact, ever since I started doing Gogglebox in 2012, I have earned around £100,000 every year." Not too shabby!
What do the Googlebox stars need to do?
It might sound like easy money, but the Googleboxers have a job to do - and it involves putting in a lot of TV-watching hours. In exchange for the fee and food, each family is expected to commit to 12 hours of filming per week across two six-hour shifts. This means that a lot of them complete their watching work while juggling other full-time and part-time jobs. While watching, they need to share their opinions and views on the shows, which then brings us the entertainment!
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How do I apply to be on Googlebox?
Due to the new series recently starting, and the filming restrictions around the coronavirus pandemic, it's not known whether Channel 4 are recruiting new families. However, in the past, viewers have contacted the show to formally apply by contacting production company is Studio Lambert. Past applicants have got onto the show by emailing email@example.com.
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