By Alice Hughes
Time to pull on your sharpest suit and get ready to cringe as BBC hit show The Apprentice is back!
Lord Sugar back in his boardroom to challenge (and shout at) the hopefuls, and once again is joined by his loyal advisors Karren Brady and Claude Littner to help him decide who to hire and who to fire and the candidates are as outspoken as ever.
So who are this rowdy lot? We’ve done some digging to reveal just who’ll be fighting for the coveted title of The Apprentice 2016.
What he does: IT consultancy owner
What you probably didn’t know about him: Already famed for his eye-catching monobrow, Karthik certainly isn’t afraid to stand out, stating, ‘If I wanted to be like everyone else, I’d have waxed my monobrow.’ We’re sure Lord Sugar would be raising his eyebrows at that comment…
What she does: Cake company owner
What you probably didn’t know about her: The youngest entrepreneur has already caused controversy before the show has even begun, after her racist tweets from several years ago were uncovered. The baker has since apologised for her comments stating, ‘I am truly sorry if my comments have offended anyone. They were the words of a naive young girl from a number of years ago and I would never write such things now.’
What she does: Make-up Studio Owner
What you probably didn’t know about her: The make-up artist isn’t just into sharing her flawless make-up looks on Instagram, she’s been showing off her talent with plenty of zombie make-up recreations too. Maybe she can scare Lord Sugar into giving her the much-desired Apprentice title…
What she does: Property consultancy owner
What you probably didn’t know about her: Outspoken Michelle claims she ‘has no fear of anybody else’ and that she can ‘teach Lord Sugar a few things about women and business.’ We’re not sure the man himself will be on board with that Michelle!
What he does: Sales manager at a car brand
What you probably didn’t know about him: The Sheffield Hallam University graduate is a self-confessed ‘perfect guy’, claiming it’s a ‘natural God given gift to sell’ and his wife calls him ‘Mr President.’ At least he’s not short on confidence!
What he does: Fashion digital marketing manager
What you probably didn’t know about him: He’s described his personality as pizzazz, bang, woosh and bizarrely ‘ping pong’ and he’s ALREADY insulting previous Apprentice candidates, claiming ‘I feel sorry for Lord Sugar because previous applicants have been weak.’
What she does: Children’s clothing company owner
What you probably didn’t know about her: The petite ex-pageant hopeful competed in 2013’s Miss Great Britain and is married to Scunthorpe footballer Neal Bishop.
She describes herself as a ‘pocket rocket,’ but it’s yet to be seen if this beauty queen will be awarded The Apprentice crown…
Dillon St Paul
What he does: Magazine art director
What you probably didn’t know about him: Dublin born Dillon is no stranger to TV, having previously starred in Irish reality show Fade Street. The social butterfly also has a penchant for Instagram selfies and admits he ‘can charm and manipulate situations to get results.’
What he does: Technology senior sales executive
What you probably didn’t know about him: Sofiane claims he moved to the UK 13 years ago, with just £180 to his name. But he believes it’s his adaptability that will ensure he’s the apprentice winner, quipping: ‘I’m like a chameleon, I adapt to anything, anywhere, anytime.’
What she does: Hair and beauty salon owner
What you probably didn’t know about her: The Scottish Apprentice hopeful has had her fair share of scandal, having faced drug dealing charges four years ago. Natalie was found not guilty at trial but her husband was charged and jailed for over two years…
What he does: Marketing agency owner
What you probably didn’t know about him:
The self-assured businessman seems to be mates with TOWIE’s James ‘Lockie’ Lock tweeting, ‘@JamesLock_ is not a good dinner date #badfriend’ alongside a picture of the reality star in October last year. Well, if The Apprentice doesn’t work out for you Paul, maybe there’s a spot for you in another well-known reality show…
What she does: Owner of an online fashion brand
What you probably didn’t know about her: The glamorous fashion expert and mother of three owns online clothing boutique prodigalfox.com. The brand’s a celeb favourite, with collections designed by Love Island’s Katie Salmon and Jessica Hayes, so we’re guessing she’ll be the best dressed in the boardroom!
Oliver Nohl Oser
What he does: Owner of a sausage company
What you probably didn’t know about him: The sausage entrepreneur admitting he could be prone to a bit of an outburst, saying in his audition tape, ‘I do have a temper, things do flare up from time to time.’ Let’s just hope he manages to keep his cool in Lord Sugar’s boardroom.
What he does: Owner of a novelty gift company
What you probably didn’t know about him: Despite describing himself as ‘awesome’, Courtney seems to be pretty quiet on the social media front, having only recently joined Twitter. His first tweet predicts ‘The calm before the Twitter storm #borntodoit’- we think he might be right!