Samira Mighty hits back at Strictly judges claim Islanders are fame seekers

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Craig Revel Horwood can dish it out – as we see every weekend on Strictly Come Dancing. But Love Island star Samira Mighty is fighting back after comments he made about the talent that comes out of reality shows.

An offended Samira has clapped back at Craig after he said that Love Island contestants shouldn’t go on Strictly because they are “fame-seekers with no discernible talent”.

She has hit back about those remarks from Craig, telling OK!: “I just thought, 'I’m a trained dancer and I’ve been dancing since the age of 12!' We’re not stupid, how dare you just typecast people?”

Craig – known for being the toughest judge on the show – previously said: "Love Island is for people who aren't celebrities, who've done nothing in their life and are trying to be someone and get something to be famous," he said.

"Strictly is meant to showcase people with talents in acting, singing, sports, journalism… not fame-seekers with no discernible talent."

Samira started off her career on the West End stage, starring in Mamma Mia! and Dreamgirls, so it’s understandable she’s keen to prove that people from reality shows are full of talent.

In fact, Samira goes one step further and lays down a challenge – calling for BBC bosses to invite her on the show to prove her point.

She says: “I mean, I think I’d probably win [laughs]! No, but if anything, all these things make me work harder. Kill them with kindness or kill them with success, that’s my mantra at the minute.”

Certainly since finding fame on the fourth series of Love Island in 2018, Samira Mighty has wasted no time in showing off her singing talents, appearing on the likes on The X Factor: Celebrity with her fellow Love Island co-stars, as well as Celebrity Karaoke Club .

Now she’s now working on her own music when we catch up for a chat. The 25-year-old has been recording in the studio and hopes to release her solo stuff soon.

And you never know, Strictly could come calling. Watch out, Craig!

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