I thought that sixteen contestants on this year’s X Factor was too much.
But then, THEN, The Apprentice decide to go ahead and cast TWENTY candidates for the new series.
Although I never normally learn their names until a few weeks in, this was seriously over the top.
The entire opening episode felt chaotic and I simply couldn’t keep track of who’s who, let alone suss out who the main contenders were.
The only candidates standing out from the twenty were not potential winners but a gruesome twosome, named Sarah and Steven. This, in my mind, was a great shame.
Sarah, for staters, has to be one of the worst Project Managers in the history of The Apprentice. Her performance was like a master-class in how to not to lead a team.
And if I had a pound for every time she reminded her teammates she was, in fact, Project Manager…
Steven, on the not so other hand, was equally awful.
It was like he didn’t pack clothes into his suitcase, just sass. And I’m not talking Beyoncé sass, more Kelly Rowland drag tribute sass.
“This isn’t just potatoes,” Steven said to a potential buyer, “this is an experience.”
I’m sorry… What!?
The Apprentice is supposed to be a legitimate business process, but it’s hard to see it that way when the only people you remember are, frankly, idiots.
If there were less candidates, more air time could have been given to people like my early favourite to win, Ella-Jade.
In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, Ella-Jade showed fantastic vision in up selling coat-hangers.
I know that doesn’t sound very exciting, but – when a team produce something as terrible as #LONDON T-Shirts – extra pennies really count and a lot more could have been done around it.
With fewer candidates, maybe I’d even remember the name of the guy who was 6ft 7 and have reasons to write positively about him other than “he could beat me up”.
Lord Sugar should have stepped in to resolve what I’m calling death-by-candidates.
“Surely he’d appease us with a double or triple firing,” I thought.
No, no he wouldn’t.
It was only Chiles, (actual first name), who faced the finger and proved as unpopular in the boardroom as Adrian Chiles is in general.
It was a baffling move.
Why do we need “can’t sell, can’t manage” Felipe back for another week? It’s not like he adds anything to the show or has even the slightest chance of winning.
The only thing he was capable of was speaking about himself in the third person!
All in all, Harry Maxwell was feeling tired and a little confused by The Apprentice’s return with twenty candidates.
While I feel this has the makings of a great series, my only real high note is being back to blog at Yahoo! Celebrity.
I hope you enjoy what I have to say about the new series and look forward to reading your comments as the series progresses.