|Sam & Amanda Merchant|
Samanda at the premiere of Fool's Gold in London's Leicester Square in April 2008.
|Born||Amanda Louise Merchant
Samantha Joanne Merchant
26 June 1988
Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
|Alma mater||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Occupation||Television personalities, models, singers, students|
|Known for||Big Brother 8 contestants|
Amanda Louise Marchant and Samantha Joanne Marchant (born 26 June 1988), better known as Samanda are a female duo, consisting of identical twin sisters who first came to fame on Big Brother in 2007, in which they jointly achieved second place.
Their second single titled "Honey Love" entered the chart on 22 August 2008 at number 125.
Amanda and Sam finished runners up in the eighth series of Big Brother in the UK despite being bookmakers favourite to win the show in the run up to the final. During their time on the show they received the nickname "Samanda" by the press.
Before their fame they were social-care students at Manchester Metropolitan University. While they were still students at university, the girls took part in an advertising campaign for a new travelcard that offered half-price travel to students. To help publicise the cards, the girls took part in a photoshoot at Manchester Piccadilly railway station with a local magician who performed a double version of Sawing a woman in half, in which he sawed both girls in half and apparently switched their lower halves before reassembling them.
Samanda currently hold the longest duration as housemates spent in the house in Big Brother UK history after being in the house for a total of 94 days, also they are the only housemates ever to reach the final of the series without receiving a nomination.
Amanda and Sam have their own skincare and fragrance range. Samanda by Young and Pure is aimed at girls aged 10–22 and was released on 5 November 2007. They signed a two year contract with Young and Pure line of natural skin care products for teens worth between £40,000 and £150,000.
In 2008, the girls released a keep fit DVD entitled, Samanda - The Twins: Dance Workout. They were also signed by Hello Kitty as the faces of their social networking website as well as online bloggers for the site.
On GMTV with an interview with Ben Shepard Sam and Amanda stated that they made over £1,000,000 between them. They have released two music singles since leaving Big Brother : A cover of Aqua's "Barbie Girl", and "Honey Love" which is a cover of Puppy Love by Donny Osmond with slightly different lyrics featuring the Honey Monster from the Sugar Puffs adverts.
A further unreleased song "Whistle for a hottie" has been leaked on YouTube. The duo were celebrity guest judges at the Miss and Miss Teen Galaxy UK pageant, at the Thistle hotel in Manchester on 29 March 2009. They hosted a Q&A session with their fans on 27 April 2009, and a proportion of revenues generated was donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
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|2010||"Whistle For A Hottie"||—|
- The Sentinel:BB Twins aim for chart success
- Samanda twins set to release "Barbie Girl" after Big Brother + video - Band Weblogs - The Music Blog
- Colothan, Scott (2007-10-15). "Sugababes Score A Chart Double". gigwise.com. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
Big Brother twins Sam and Amanda (Samanda) only managed to chart at 26 with their Aqua cover ‘Barbie Girl.’
- Big Brother 8: Sam and Amanda | Why Did I Go Wrong ... ?
- Hill, Ciara (2008-07-04). "SAMANDA TWINS LIVE THE DREAM BUT SAY NEW BB IS 'A NIGHTMARE'". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-07-09.