Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins star Alexandra Burke addresses 'favouritism' reports

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Photo credit: Pete Dadds - Channel 4
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Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins star Alexandra Burke has addressed reports that she was treated better than the other celebrities.

There have been rumours that Chief Instructor Ant Middleton favoured the former X Factor star and wasn't as tough on her as all the rest of the contestants.

However, Burke has completely dismissed this, saying on The One Show today (September 7): "I can absolutely just reassure people that there is no favouritism in this show at all whatsoever."

Photo credit: Pete Dadds - Channel 4
Photo credit: Pete Dadds - Channel 4

She continued: "I read that article and it really upset me because I was like, 'Really?' because you have your microphones on at every single given moment. They hear absolutely everything you're doing, they see what you're doing.

"And there's no favouritism so I just want to put that to bed and just say that did not happen at all. I wish I had favouritism. I broke my ribs for crying out loud."

For those out there thinking the show looks easy, Alexandra said that she didn't train for it, adding: "You can do as many HIIT (high-intensity interval training) sessions as you want but it doesn't prepare you to fall backwards out of a helicopter."

A representative for Middleton told The Sun that rumours of Burke's better treatment were incorrect and insisted Ant was "always disciplined and utterly professional" while on the series.

Photo credit: Pete Dadds - Channel 4
Photo credit: Pete Dadds - Channel 4

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A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said: "The course is as tough and exacting for all recruits, both celebrity, and civilian.

"The role of the DS is to push every recruit to their limits and then to build them back up and motivate them to go as far as they can on the course."

This SAS was Ant Middleton's last appearance on the show and since March of this year, both Channel 4 and the show's producer Minnow Films distanced themselves from Midleton's many controversial comments and ceased any further collaboration with him.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2021 airs on Channel 4.

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