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Five Londoners are among the next crop of Apprentice contestants hoping to impress Lord Sugar, including one who calls herself ‘The Blonde Assassin’.
Katie Wright, a 26-year-old editorial and research director, is a married Fulham football fan who wishes she had been the brains behind Heinz baked beans.
Ahead of the new series of The Apprentice starting on March 21, she said: “I would call myself ‘The Blonde Assassin’. I let people under-estimate me just so I can blow them out of the water.”
Another Londoner hoping to show her entrepreneurial streak and win the business talent show is Bilyana Apostolova, 25, a risk analyst who “got myself from a Communist block of flats in Bulgaria to the top of a skyscraper in the heart of the city of London”.
She added that she “started off her career” at the age of six, collecting snails from her grandparents’ farm to sell to pharmaceutical companies.
Gabrielle Omar is a 29-year-old architect who could turn out to be a beast in the boardroom.
She said: “When it comes to business I can be like an animal and I will roar my way to the top.”
Two London men also feature in the show.
Michael Copp, a 31-year-old managing director of a kitchen and bedroom furniture retailer, makes the bold and bizarre claim of being “better than unique”.
Meanwhile, West Ham fan Tom Gearing is a 23—year-old director of a fine wine investment company.
He said: “I’m confident, charismatic and some people say I’m quite good-looking, so that adds to the bill.”
The London hopefuls are among 16 ambitious contestants competing in this year’s series of The Apprentice.
Lord Sugar, 64, is offering to become a partner and plough £250,000 of investment into the winning candidate’s business idea.
The eighth series of the hit BBC1 show kicks off with the tycoon warning the wannabes in typically abrasive style: “Don’t try and hide. We’re not playing ‘Where’s Wally’ here.
“I’m not looking for Lord Lucan, I’m looking for somebody who is going to put themselves forward and show me that they have got the aggression and business acumen to be my partner.”
He tells them: “If I wanted a friend, I’d get a dog. I’m looking for a partner, the Marks to my Spencer, the Lennon to my McCartney.”
Nick Hewer and Karren Brady return as Lord Sugar’s trusted advisers, whittling down the contestants as they perform a series of tasks over 12 weeks.
In the first week the candidates are divided into two teams - boys versus girls - and are set the challenge of starting their own print business.
They have to buy £500 worth of materials, from mugs to mouse mats, create designs to print on them and then sell their products before their boardroom showdown.