Metro reports that on the eve of the final episode of this year’s Apprentice, which will be the interviews stage featuring four contestants for the first time, 67-year-old Nick shared his thoughts on the final four.
And they are of course, inventor Tom, 31, from London, Helen Milligan, 30, a law graduate from Northumberland, Jim, 32, an entrepreneur from Northern Ireland, and Susan Ma, 21, from Croydon.
Here’s the rest of Metro’s report…
And while he is full of praise for popular Tom, who is many people’s preferred winner this year, Nick has warned him that he needs to lose his trusting streak in order to bag the top prize ahead of the strong Irish contender.
‘Jim is very competent; I think he’s read a lot of self-help books, probably written by Americans,’ Nick wryly observes.
‘He’s manipulative, quite daunting as an operator, a great salesman, but I don’t find him charming.
‘He keeps talking about his bloody Irish charm, but ‘charm’ is a dangerous word.’
He is more positive when it comes to Tom, complimenting him on his manners and outlook, but expresses concern at his ability to play off the others’ weaknesses.
‘I like him. He’s a gentleman,’ Nick says of the 31-year-old.
‘But whether he can beat people like Jim, who’ll trip him up or persuade him to fall over…’
Nick slyly hints Helen could be a winner, but his verdict comes with a catch – she needs to let her hair down.
He says of the Stockport-born contestant: ‘A beautiful young woman.
‘She’s decided she’s the ice-cool corporate maid with the bun, but she’s a winner – if only she’d undo her hair.’
Nick goes on the defensive when asked about the final competitor Susan, praising her achievements, but he also adds he thinks she’s come on the show a little too early.
‘People say, “Bloody whinging Susan”. But why wouldn’t she whinge?’ he argues. ‘Until recently she was living in a paper bag in Shanghai.
‘She’s come here, taught herself English, got herself into University College London and left with a good degree. I know she can whinge in six languages, but I won’t have her rubbished.
‘So who’ll clinch it? If there’s a weak one in there I’d say, “Come back Susan in three or four years and you’d wipe the floor with the rest of them”.’
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