Episode 9: Stuart gives his verdict
I've never been very good at sports, which is perhaps why I didn't win last years show. You see The Apprentice is a marathon event, and those that sprint towards the finish line like Vincent and Gavin et al burn themselves out long before the end. The key to winning The Apprentice it seems is consistency, stamina and ultimately common sense. The path to the final, littered with the shattered dreams of your oposition.
By week 9 the candidates will be feeling extremely tired, fatigued and missing their loved ones from home. It's a toxic combination that really does sort the BixMix from the HobNobs. More to the point, the longer you stay in the process, the harder being fired becomes.
Talking of biscuits, "Jammie Dodger" Jim's had more lives than a recycled carrier bag. Perhaps he will manage to perform his mind tricks on Lord Sugar, or more likely make a swift exit courtesy of our friendly black cab driver.
On the subject of consistency, Helen seems to have the perfect recipe. Take 1 cup of common sense, 1 cup of maturity and mix liberally with 1 cup of Lord Sugar. I'm giving her this weeks Stuart Baggs The Brand's Award For Excellence.
Melody wins no awards for people skills (abrading people like a sand blaster), but she is probably the most attractive candidate of all time (alongside yours truly). If Lord Sugar is running a beauty contest, he should have stopped week 1.
It's easy to critise candidates from infront of the TV screen, however it takes guts, determination and maybe just a hint of delusion to ever make it on The Apprentice in the first place.
Thanks for all your comments, please do keep them coming. I read every single one, even those insulting me.
Until next week,