Eighteen candidates are back for the chance to win £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar in The Apprentice 2015, but have the new candidates got what it takes? Erm, judge for yourselves…
The New Judge
He’s been part of the interview episode for years but now the fearsome businessman Claude Littner is taking up the job of Lord Sugar’s right-hand man, after Nick Hewer’s departure last year. Straight-talking Claude is a one-liner legend.
Even Better Tasks
Spoiler Alert! The first task is all about fish. No really, expect some seriously fishy business as the candidates are expected to get their hands dirty to make a profit. But when one team’s profit is under £2, the judges are very unhappy.
For the first time ever, Lord Sugar is mixing the boys and girls teams in the first episode, which already provides some, er, interesting debate about the opposite sex. And let’s not get started on the team names. #ridiculous
It’s more intense than ever. Karren’s eye-rolling is off the scale and Lord Sugar won’t tolerate anyone hiding this series: “When I started my business I loaded the lorries, I designed the product, I stood on the production line and I marketed the product and that’s what I’m looking for here. A complete all-rounder.’
Forget ‘Everything I touch turns to sold’ because this year’s candidates have it covered. Joseph thinks he’s ‘the godfather of business’, Elle’s ‘disgustingly ambitious’ and Rich believes he’s the ‘swiss army of business skills’. Sure.
The Ones To Watch:
Selina Waterman-Smith, 31
She owns her own Dubai-based events company and is keen to be project manager straight away.
Scott Saunders, 27
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Easy on the eye Scott is obsessed with making his first million – but is happy to strip off for tasks.
Elle Stevenson, 21
Don’t be fooled by her age, despite being the youngest in the competition, Elle is a fierce contender.
The Apprentice starts Wednesday 14th October, 9pm, BBC One followed by the second episode on Thursday 15 October, 9pm, BBC One