BBC Apprentice 2016: Meet the Candidates ★ The Shortlisted’s Player Ratings ★

Did you notice how much I do love Lord Sugar & co.? If you didn’t, go immediately to read Why Lord Sugar’s Best Business Lesson Has Nothing To Do With Money, and also read my interview with the BBC Apprentice 2015 Winner & Lord Sugar’s Business Partner Joseph Valente.

The new BBC Apprentice series kicks off this Thursday 6 October at 9 PM on BBC1 – so what does a Sugar Babe do when the new series is about to start? She goes and spies on all the new candidates’ ridiculous statements.

Lord Sugar The Apprentice

When Lord Sugar looks younger than Lady Brady.

The Shortlisted’s Official Player Ratings
of the BBC Apprentice 2016 candidates

★★★

 Aleksandra King

She owns and operates a business consultancy company. She says:
“I don’t fear any candidates. The only things I fear are Tsunamis, Volcanoes and Ebola.”
I think she will want to open an NHS branch with Lord Sugar. This is exactly what the guy has ever wanted.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 6/10

Aleksandra King

★★★

Alana Spencer

She started a chocolate company at the age of 17 before moving on to selling cakes. She says:
“It is much better to ask for forgiveness than permission.”
I know, it’s not profeshhh to give her a 10 only because she loves chocolate.

so, the The Shortlisted’s verdict is: 10/10

Alana Spencer

★★★

Courtney Wood

He designs and creates novelty gifts which he supplies to national and international retailers. I admit I had to google novelty gifts as I ignored their existence. He says:
“I’m awesome. Simple as that” & “I think it will be pretty easy to win.”
Shut up you bloody idiot.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 1/10

Courtney Wood

★★★

Dillon St. Paul

He is a freelance art director at a fashion magazine. He says:
“I can charm and manipulate situations to get results.”
His voice sounds just like Miley Cyrus’. Want to see him on the wrecking ball now.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 1/10

Dillon St. Paul

★★★

Frances Bishop

She is the owner of a children’s clothing boutique. She says:
“I believe you should have your own money and your own independence.”
She doesn’t say she is cool; that’s what makes her cool.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 8/10

Frances Bishop

★★★

Grainne McCoy

She owns her own make-up business and works on film sets and fashion shows. She says:
“I was born with this drive and enthusiasm to be successful”.
No opinion whatsoever. Let’s see her in action.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 6/10

Grainne McCoy

★★★

JD O’ Brien

He is the founder and owner of a men’s beachwear company. He says:
“I’m fun, outgoing, passionate, driven, ambitious and ready to go.”
Ready to go where?!

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 5/10

JD O' Brien

★★★

Jessica Cunningham

She is the owner of an online fashion company. She says:
“I don’t think anyone’s ever met anyone quite like me.”
Am I too logical or does this mean that she has never met quite anyone in her life?

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 4/10

Jessica Cunningham

★★★

Karthik Nagesan

He owns an IT consulting company. He says:
“I am the next billion dollar unicorn.”
For now, you’re just the biggest unibrow in town.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 4/10

Karthik Nagesan

★★★

Michelle Niziol

She is the founder and owner of three companies in mortgages, property and lettings. She says:
“I can teach Lord Sugar a few things about women in business.”
“I’m at work 15 to 17 hours a day, every single day.”
“No one intimidates me.”
Listen. You won’t teach Lord Sugar a few things about anything, honey. And I wonder who can ever work 17 hours every single day without having to sniff cocaine.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 1/10

Michelle Niziol

★★★

Mukai Noiri

He has lived in over six countries across three continents. He says:
“Il believe that if Mister Sugar… ahem… Lord Sugar could actually listen to my ideas…”
You’re fired.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 0/10

Mukai Noiri

★★★

Natalie Hughes

She owns and runs two beauty and clothing businesses. She says:
“I am number 1 in Scotland. This is a fact.”
You wonder whether she took elocution lessons with Duncan Bannatyne. And modesty lessons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 1/10

Natalie Hughes

★★★

Oliver Nohl-Oser

He is the founder and director of a sausage manufacturer. He says:
“I know pigs inside out. I used to keep them and cherish them just as pets.”
This guy can either be a good chap or a colossal fake. Let’s see what happens.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 6/10

Oliver Nohl-Oser

★★★

Paul Sullivan

He is the owner and director of a marketing company. He says:
“I’m a man’s man: sports, football, going to the pub. I like to have fun.”
You hear what he says and he may sound like a complete moron. But man, does he have clever eyes. He’s one of my favourites so far.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 8/10

Paul Sullivan

★★★

Rebecca Jeffrey

She is the owner of a marketing and design business. She says:
“I think people tend to underestimate me”, “I can win over anyone” and, finally: “I can make people like me”.
No, you can’t. I don’t like you. At all.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 1/10

Rebecca Jeffrey

★★★

Samuel Boateng

He is responsible for managing and generating new business for over 700 businesses across London. He says:
“My wife calls me Mr President.”
You know what, this little bastard could perfectly reach the final stage.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 7/10

Samuel Boateng

★★★

Sofiane Khelfa

He works in a high-end retail store, negotiating technology sales with high profile clients. He says:
“I am simply the best.”
Am I bored, man.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 1/10

Sofiane Khelfa

★★★

Trishna Thakrar

She is a recruiter, oh my Gosh.
“My only tactic is to be myself; this alone will make sure I win.”
Look, I should dislike her for being a recruiter, but well… just let’s see her in action.

The Shortlisted’s verdict: 6/10

Trishna Thakrar

Do you agree with The Shortlisted’s Official Player Ratings of the BBC Apprentice 2016 candidates? Go to the BBC official website, watch all the videos & tweet me your thoughts – I will slavishly follow all the process 😉

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