Tonight on The Apprentice, Lord Sugar will hire one of his last remaining candidates and invest £250,000 into their proposed new business.
Bianca Miller and Mark Wright are the final two standing in the BBC show, with twenty aspiring entrepreneurs whittled down over eleven weeks of rocketing stress levels.
Bianca wants to fill a gap in the market with a hosiery brand for different skin tones while salesman Mark plans to launch a successful search engine optimisation (SEO) company.
But who should triumph in the boardroom this year?
Why Bianca Miller should win
London girl Bianca, 25, impressed Lord Sugar and his aides in the interview round with her bright idea for a business addressing the lack of hosiery for women of darker skin tones.
She was criticised by interviewers and fellow candidates for “having no personality” and “hiding behind a mask” – comments that led her to tears during her interview with Ricky Martin.
Regardless of her emotional side, Bianca is determined to launch her hosiery brand with or without Lord Sugar’s support.
Lauren Riley, Daniel Lassman, Felipe Alviar-Baquero and Katie Bulmer-Cooke are returning to help Bianca set up her company in tonight’s final task.
Where are the Apprentice winners now?
Where are the Apprentice winners now?
1/13 Leah Totton - Winner in 2013
Leah used her prize money to set up a cosmetic skin clinic in East London, offering anti-ageing treatments, laser hair removal and effective alternatives to surgical liposuction.
2/13 Ricky Martin - Winner in 2012
Ricky won over Lord Sugar with his business plan for a specialist science recruitment company.
He is the founder and managing director of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, a consultancy dedicated to science and technology industries.
3/13 Tom Pellereau - Winner in 2011
Tom became the first apprentice to win a £250,00 investment as part of a format shake-up.
Known as 'inventor Tom' on Twitter, he is at the helm of various projects.
He still has success with Stylfile, which he sold alongside Lord Sugar. He is also working on extra safe baby feeding brand Babisil, as well as a screen to prevent musicians’ ear drums from being damaged.
Tom has launched a children’s story app with his sister called Timmy Tickle.
4/13 Stella English - Winner in 2010
Stella now works as a host on Crowd Box, the world’s first crowd funding TV channel.
In 2013 she took Lord Sugar to an employment tribunal, claiming she was treated like 'an overpaid lackey' and given menial tasks, but lost her case. The mother-of-two said afterwards she was 'ready to move on'.
5/13 Yasmina Siadatan - Winner in 2009
Yasmina is the creative director of Start Up Loans. It aims to provide mentors and loans to 30,000 entrepreneurs and is funded by the UK Government.
She also co-owns the Mya Lacarte restaurant in Reading, which specialises in produce grown in Britain.
6/13 Lee McQueen - Winner in 2008
Lee was infamously picked to be Lord Sugar’s apprentice despite lying on his CV about the amount of time he spent at university.
He spent two years working for Amscreen, where he became a development director in 'digital signage' and worked under Lord Sugar’s son, Simon Sugar, who was CEO.
In 2010 he set up a recruitment and training company called Raw Talent Academy based in Oxfordshire. He has also developed Talent Hub, a division of the business which specialises in experienced sales people.
7/13 Katie Hopkins - Second runner-up in 2008
The professional rent-a-gob calls herself ‘the only candidate to say no to Sir Alan’ on her Twitter account after she was forced to withdraw from the show before the final in 2006 due to childcare problems.
After several notable appearances on daytime TV mouthing off about ‘chavvy children’s names’ and why ginger babies are ‘harder to love’, Hopkins gained her own column in The Sun.
She recently decided to put on over four stone to prove to ‘fat people’ how easy it is to lose weight if they want to.
8/13 Simon Ambrose - Winner in 2007
Simon became one of the longest-serving apprentice winners after he was hired as a surveyor in Lord Sugar's business Amsprop Estates.
He most recently became proprietor of Hoxton Basement, a multi-purpose venue that puts on gigs, art exhibitions and private parties.
He is also a partner in Red House - 'a charming pub and dining room situated in Chelsea Green' - as well as a board member of BlueSigma Capital Ltd, which carries out investment research.
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9/13 Michelle Dewberry - Winner in 2006
Michelle has had a diverse career since leaving the show, including writing an autobiography called 'Anything is Possible', becoming a motivational speaker and appearing on Sky News as a current affairs commentator.
She is soon to launch ‘Let’s Get Britain Working’, aimed at helping job-seekers get back into work.
10/13 Tim Campbell - Winner in 2005
Tim describes himself as 'The Frank Bruno of the business world' on Twitter.
In 2007 he founded social enterprise Bright Ideas Trust, which helps young people in London who aren't in employment, education or training to start their own business. In 2012 he was appointed MBE for his services to enterprise culture.
He also works as a property consultant for London-based company Estate Office in their acquisitions and investments department.
11/13 Luisa Zissman - Runner-up in 2013
The cupcake entrepreneur described herself as having the ‘sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit’ when she first appeared on the show, and hasn’t stopped taking full advantage of her looks ever since.
After losing out to plastic surgery pro Leah Totton, she posed for a number of lads’ magazines and tabloids before signing up to Celebrity Big Brother last month.
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12/13 Raef Bjayou - 2008 contestant
The distinctive former public school boy made a name for himself during the series with catch-phrases such as ‘the spoken word is my tool’.
But he has since forged a career in TV, rather than becoming a columnist, making appearances on shows such as Celebrity Come Dine With Me, Ready Steady Cook and BBC Breakfast.
In 2012, he appeared alongside fellow Apprentice star Stuart Baggs where he planned a wedding for a young couple on Channel 5’s Celebrity Wedding Planner.
Earlier this year, Raef founded Zephyr:Media, a ‘multi platform PR, arts and media portal based in Mayfair, London’.
13/13 Saira Khan - Runner-up in 2005
The fiery runner-up on the first series of the Apprentice became a regular face on TV for a few years afterwards, presenting the BBC’s anger management series Temper You Temper.
She also presented a number of documentaries for the BBC, including one that followed her as she tried to adopt a baby from Pakistan.
She currently runs a natural baby products company.
Why Mark Wright should win
This 24-year-old Australian has built up a reputation on this year’s Apprentice as a first-rate salesman, something that Lord Sugar highly values.
A digital marketing sales manager, he already has knowledge of the field he wants to go into, meaning he could be a more reliable choice for the business magnate.
Mark has plenty of confidence – when asked what his worst personal qualities are his answer is ‘I don’t have any’ – but he badly stumbled on a pitch in an earlier task so will need to make sure he brings his A game to the final.
Fired candidates James Hill, Sarah Dales, Sanjay Sood-Smith and Solomon Akhtar will be helping Mark launch his business in tonight’s closing episode.
Who the bookmakers are backing
Mark has emerged as the 1/3 favourite to triumph over Bianca in the final showdown, with the latter on odds of 11/4 to win, according to odds aggregator bettingpro.com.
Who gets our vote
Mark seems to have more experience in what he wants to do, but we reckon Bianca’s business has the most chance of success as there is less competition and therefore arguably more demand. But really, it is anyone’s game, so should be a nail-biting final.
Catch The Apprentice final at 9pm tonight on BBC1.