This year’s show might be as popular as ever, but the current crop of Apprentice candidates aren’t exactly Britain’s brightest of business brains.
While the entertainment factor is definitely high, there have been one of two wannabes who have left us with serious ‘WTF?’ faces.
And now Lord Sugar’s right-hand man, Nick Hewer, has admitted that the would-be entrepreneurs aren’t *always* picked just because of their business prowess.
When we asked him about the lower calibre of candidates, he told us:
“I hear that, but also I would argue that this pulls something like 10 million across the week. If you had some wizards who were really brilliant, the average punter wouldn’t be able to understand what was going on…five people would watch it on BBC 17 at 4 in the morning and the commissioning editor would be shot.
“This is all about numbers.”
He added: “if 10 million people think they could do better then the business lessons that are there in each task, submerged in an entertaining soup, are being learnt.”
We hear you, Nick.
The 70-year-old, told us: “The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den count for something in the real world.
“Alright, some of the guys, you think ‘bloody hell, what are you doing there’ but it’s a vehicle to get that knowledge across.”
Things have been getting *very* tense this series, with some rather bitter candidates being whisked away in THAT black cab.
Nick told us: “think the ones that have gone, by and large have deserved to go when they did go and listen, we’ve of time to get rid of them.
“Very few people complain. They put themselves up for it, they know what it’s about, they’ve all seen it previously so it’s no good crying into their beer if they don’t come across as being the most brilliant young people in the whole world, you know?”
While we couldn’t imagine the show without Nick’s hil-arious quips and funny faces, he reckons that he’s holding on by the skin of his teeth.
He told us: “I’m just clinging on for dear life while this express train rolls fast. It’s such a big show and I’m just hanging on for dear life, wondering what the hell is going on. Karen and I, we muck along, any idiot could do what we do.”
Nick might have recently reached his big milestone birthday, but he’s still feeling super young at heart. Apparently.
“I do get very wound up and furious about things – and really I should have some balance. I’m quite good in a crisis but I get really hacked off about little things. I’m a panicker.
“I’m not sure if I’ve discovered the secret to unwinding – I do love to read though and I wish I could do that more.
“I know a number of people who are angry at aging but I’m still 23 , so I hope I’m quite young… although my body is falling apart. The best thing to do as you get older is to become philosophical about death and God help those who can’t manage it.”
Age is just a number, eh, Nick?
Nick Hewer shared his tips on work/life balance as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 campaign. Join the conversation and share your suggestions using the hashtag #notes4life on Wednesday 19th November.
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