What task will contestants have to face this week?
The task is to design a children’s comic from scratch, with a hi-tech “augmented reality” cover design. But the candidates are handicapped by having their teams split up at key points, forcing them to make creative decisions via fractious speakerphone chats, which is never good.
Well, actually, they’re more hamstrung by not being creative to start with: as they flail around brainstorming (“Come on, come on!”) tinkling music on the soundtrack mocks their efforts. But you have to say, Apprentice-style editing could make Stan Lee look clueless at this. Tough questions include how to spell “Whoah!” and “patisserie”.
What happened last week?
Series 14 started with a surprise: the first challenge was a trip to Malta where the go-getters had to go get. Their task was to bag nine Maltese items for the lowest possible prices before reuniting back at the airport.
The boys, headed by Kayode, won the task, despite buying n actual octopus instead of the diving equipment of the same name.
Girls team leader Jasmine chose to bring back Jackie and Sarah into the final boardroom where Lord Sugar fired Sarah for being “argumentative”.
What does the winning candidate get?
As in previous years, the show’s winning contestant will nab a £250,000 business investment from Lord Sugar. This not only means that the winner will receive a huge cash injection for their business, but Lord Sugar will also assist them to make a success of it.
Who won the show last year?
For the first time ever, two candidates – James White and Sarah Lynn – walked away with a business investment. James now runs Right Time Recruitment, an IT recruitment agency specialising in web security, while Sarah went on to develop her confectionary brand Sweets in the City.
Who are Lord Sugar’s advisors?
To help him sift through this year’s candidates, Lord Sugar has once again called on the assistance of Karren Brady and Claude Littner.
Baroness Brady is vice-chairman of West Ham United and former managing director of Birmingham City. In 2014 she was made a life peer by the Prime Minister and received a CBE from the Queen for her services to business, entrepreneurship and women in business. Brady appeared as a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice in 2007, winning the task as project manager. In 2009 she joined the show as a regular advisor.
Littner has appeared in every single series of The Apprentice, first featuring solely in the interview stages before becoming an aide to Sugar in 2015. He replaced Nick Hewer.
Sadly, if you want to be on the show, you’ll have to wait until 2019 if you want a shot at winning Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment. Or appearing on Celebrity Big Brother (looking at you, Andrew Brady).
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