A trio of Lord Alan Sugar’s wannabe Apprentices were fired in one go last night, leading the youngest candidate ever to compete in the show to think he should have tried Made In Chelsea instead.
22-year-old technology entrepreneur Solomon Akhtar said he picked the wrong reality TV show, after he was fired by Lord Sugar in the interview round along with Roisin Hogan and Daniel Lassman.
Akhta got the boot after submitting a business plan that was just eight pages long and padded out with pictures. But he shrugged off the failure as he branded Lord Sugar boring and confessed his main aim in life was to have fun.
He said: "I think I was too ambitious for Lord Sugar and too outgoing. He's not a fun person. He's very boring, he wears a suit, he's very money orientated. He just doesn't get life. I think that's probably why I got shouted out of the room because I actually have a personality and I'm not boring."
Akhtar also admitted to flirting with Lord Sugar's advisers Karren Brady and Caudine Collins to try and get ahead.
He said: "I wanted to go on there and show that I'm a normal boy, I don't think I'm even a man yet.
"I am fun, I can flirt with girls, I can flirt with Karren, I can flirt with Claudine, and I can have fun. I don't need people telling me what to do all the time and all this business bullshit."
And the technology whizkid - who impressed on the show by having set up his own internet start-up company - admitted he would like to appear on E4 reality show Made In Chelsea.
Akhtar said: "I know a lot of the Made In Chelsea cast, I went to uni with Georgie Toffolo who is now on the show, I know Sam [Thompson], I go on a lot of nights out in Chelsea. There's obviously a connection there.
"A lot of people have said I jumped off the wrong bus. I went on The Apprentice when I was meant to go on Made In Chelsea. I do hang out with a lot of the cast, we're really good friends, so I guess we'll see what happens there."
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Essex boy Lassman insisted he had not gone on the show to seek fame, but hinted he would consider reality TV if the right offer came his way.
The pub quiz company director claimed: "I really believe there were people on there for the complete wrong reasons.
"I'll give you one example - I put on two stone in weight in there and I didn't care. I was there just to try and get through every day and the next task, and yeah, it did mean comfort eating and making myself feel a bit better.
"But some people - I was waking up at three o'clock in the morning and they were doing 35 sit ups before they left the house. And to me that means they're not there for a serious investment."
But he added: "It's not something you go onto a show like this for. I think it's highly documented that I turned down an offer from TOWIE when I was younger. If I'd wanted to go down that root I could have.
"If it just so happens that a particular show puts up a lot of money for me to go on, we'll cross that bridge when I come to it."
Former accountant Hogan, 32, had looked a strong contender for the finals until she revealed her business plan to be a low carbohydrate ready meal, based around noodles made from vegetable fibre. Lord Sugar and his advisers were not keen on the idea, but Hogan insisted she did not regret giving up her well-paid job as an accountant.
She said: "I was working in a big global accounting firm and I loved it. But I actually gave up smoking for new year and that totally change the direction of my life and my career. I became really interested in food and health and nutrition, and that's where I came up with the idea for my product. It's called Nudels by Roisin.
"And I've taken Lord Sugar's advice on board, and his advisers' advice on board and I've scaled back my ambition somewhat. And I've partnered with a industry expert and we are going to bring the product to market hopefully in early 2015."
Australian digital marketing salesman Mark Wright and Bianca Miller, who wants to launch a range of tights for all skin colours, will now battle it out in the final, due to air on BBC One on Sunday December 21.Reuse content