The Apprentice moment we've all been waiting for is finally here!
After 12 weeks of challenges, it's now time to find out which one of the remaining Apprentice 2022 candidates will be named as Lord Alan Sugar's latest business partner and secure a £250,000 investment.
From 16 contestants we're down to just two - dessert parlour owner Harpreet Kaur and pyjama line owner Kathryn Louise Burn.
The final episode will see the duo going head-to-head as they rebrand, recreate, and pitch their new businesses to Lord Sugar and his team of advisors, including Baroness Karren Brady, and Tim Campbell, who filled in for Claude Littner on the 16th season.
Of course they won't be doing it all alone, with some of the former candidates, such as Akeem Bundu-Kamara, Naveed Sole, Akshay Thakrar and Nick Showering returning to help them.
And it looks like things could be about to get very heated. In an awkward preview of the Apprentice final, Amy Anzel clashes with Harry while filming Kathryn's pyjama advert.
At the end of the challenge, one of the candidates will be revealed as Lord Sugar's newest business partner - but who will it be?
In an exclusive RadioTimes.com poll, The Apprentice fans predicted Harpreet will win tonight’s final.
The poll was close though, with 56.7% voting for Harpreet, and 43.3% choosing Kathryn as this year's winner.
Viewers will have to wait and see which one of the ladies comes out on top.
As we get ready for the final, here's everything you need to know about The Apprentice.
What time is The Apprentice 2022 final on?
The Apprentice final will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer tonight (Thursday 24th March 2022) at 9pm. It will see either Harpeet or Kathryn named as Lord Sugar's newest business partner - although Sugar has chosen two winners in the past, so there could be surprises!
Ahead of the final, Tim, Harpreet and Kathryn surprised commuters at London's Liverpool Street, and there was a special appearance from a life-sized version of one of this year's peculiar logos - can you guess which one?
You can watch all the action below:
The Apprentice 2022 release date
Season 16 started on the channel and streaming service on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 9pm.
Episodes air weekly on Thursday nights, until the final, where one of the candidates will be crowned this year's winner.
The new season comes after the show was put on hold for two years, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it sounds like that will be the last of the breaks for now, as Lord Sugar revealed has no plans to quit The Apprentice.
Speaking to press, including RadioTimes.com, the entrepreneur shared his hopes to get the show to season 20, and then some.
He said: "First of all, I publicly stated that I really wanted to make it to 20 years. So this one is 16 and I’ve got four more to do to achieve that goal."
He added: "I’m not going nowhere, and the programme’s going nowhere. Please enjoy this current season, which I’m sure you will, but I can assure you there’s going to be a lot more. While I’ve got health and strength in my body, I will carry on!”
Alan Sugar previously hinted there'd be two seasons of The Apprentice in 2021, which of course hasn't happened. Speaking to the MailOnline, one of the options Sugar said the broadcaster was considering was having "two series air in one year", so it could happen in 2022.
What day is The Apprentice on?
New episodes of The Apprentice air on Thursdays on BBC One. Episodes are also available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Who are The Apprentice 2022 contestants?
This year, 16 candidates entered Lord Sugar's boardroom. You can see a full list below, including who managed to make it to the final.
Apprentice final four:
- Brittany Carter, 25, from Bristol
- Harpreet Kaur, 30, from West Yorkshire
- Kathryn Louise Burn, 29, from Swindon
- Stephanie Affleck, 28, from Kent
- Aaron Willis, 38 from Lancashire - Fired in Week 10
- Akeem Bundu-Kamara, 29 from London - Fired in Week 10
- Akshay Thakrar, 28, from London - Fired in Week 9
- Alex Short, 27, from Hertford - Fired in Week 4
- Amy Anzel, 48, from London - Fired in Week 6
- Conor Gilsenan, 28, from London - Fired in Week 2
- Francesca Kennedy Wallbank, 26, from Surrey - Fired in Week 5
- Harry Mahmood, 35, from West Midlands - Fired in Week 1
- Navid Sole, 27, from London - Fired in Week 3
- Nick Showering, 31, from London - Fired in Week 8
- Sophie Wilding, 32, from Cheltenham - Fired in Week 7
- Shama Amin, 41, from Bradford - Withdrew in Week 3
Who won The Apprentice in 2019?
Artisan baker Carina Lepore was crowned the winner of The Apprentice 2019.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com afterwards, Carina said: “I’m so excited, I can't wait to start building the empire. There’s going to be new shops in 2020. Hopefully get Dough’s Bakehouse in other locations."
Who are the advisors to Lord Sugar?
Claude Littner will be taking a one-series break from the new series as he recovers from an operation. Tim Campbell (MBE) will be covering for Littner as one of Lord Sugar's boardroom aides alongside Karren Brady. Campbell won the first series of The Apprentice in 2005, founded charity the Bright Ideas Trust which helps young people to set up their own businesses, received an MBE in 2012, and now runs his own digital marketing agency.
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Littner has appeared on every series of The Apprentice and first featured solely in the interview stages before becoming an aide to Sugar in 2015. He replaced Nick Hewer.
Littner said in a statement: "I’m hugely grateful to all the surgeons and nursing staff at St Mary's Hospital for their incredible care and getting me on the road to recovery. Whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be out and about covering the tasks or in the boardroom for this upcoming series, I’ll most definitely be glued to the action from my sofa.”
Lord Sugar added: "Claude has been part of the series since the beginning and is leaving an important boardroom chair to temporarily fill. I’ve been speaking to him regularly about his recovery, and of course hope we see him back in the boardroom very soon. In the meantime, my former winner Tim Campbell will step into Claude’s seat and be my eyes and ears as the candidates face a tough set of business challenges in the upcoming series."
Meanwhile, Brady joined the show in 2009, after appearing as a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, which she won in 2007. She 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.
Can I apply to be on The Apprentice?
Unfortunately, applications are now closed for the show – however, this may well change soon if they decide to do two series in 2022.
You can keep an eye on the application page.
What is the prize for winning The Apprentice?
As in previous years, the show's winning contestant will bag a £250,000 business investment from Lord Sugar.
Not only will the winner receive a huge cash injection for their business, Lord Sugar will also be on hand to guide them along the way and make their business into a real-life success!
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The Apprentice 2022 final is on BBC One on Thursday 24th March at 9pm, followed by You’re Hired on BBC Two. The Apprentice is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.