The Apprentice 2016: Michelle becomes the first person to be fired by Lord Sugar

Week 1 tested the fresh batch of candidates' negotiation and selling skills 

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The Apprentice has returned with a fresh batch of suited and booted candidates who'll be battling it out in the boardroom for the next 14 weeks.

Unfortunately for Michelle Nizol, however, the experience has been shortlived as the property consultancy owner was deemed the first casualty by Lord Sugar.

The 35-year-old chose to be project manager of Team Nebula in a task which saw candidates searching for bargains among a host of antique collectibles.

Lord Sugar told the Oxfordshire-dweller: “I think there is a lot of stuff you are responsible for and for that reason you’re fired.” 

“Thank you very much for the opportunity,” she replied composedly before Sugar ensured the safety of both Alana Spencer and Rebecca Jeffery.

He told them: “At the moment, you are floating as deadwood,"before sending them back to the house.

This year’s candidates include Jessica Cunningham, owner of an online fashion company, Essex boy Courtney Wood and IT consulting company owner Karthik Nagesan, who claims if he wanted to be like everyone else, he’d “have waxed [his] monobrow”.

Other challenges throughout the series will see candidates devise an advertising campaign for jeans, manufacture a range of sweets, design virtual reality games and host “late night opening” events at well-known attractions.  

The Apprentice continues weekly at 9pm on BBC1.