Nick Hewer Quits The Apprentice!

It was revealed today that Nick Hewer has quit The Apprentice after ten years on the show. Although he has enjoyed the show, he is starting to find the schedule too demanding and tiring.

Bye Nick 😥

I will miss Nick. Together with Margaret, his withering put downs, eye rolling, and scathing summaries were highlights of the show. It is hard to imagine an episode without any of the two.

We know The Apprentice is returning next year, but who will be replacing Mr Hewer? Leave your opinions below!

The Apprentice – Interviews of Doom!

The final five faced the dreaded interview stage, where it can make or break a candidate, regardless of what happened in the past few weeks.

There has been some buzz about Solomon. Despite not being a standout candidate, he has shown some glimmer of creativity, for example, when he PM’d the viral video task and last week in the Teapot branding. The fact that he is based in technology others saw as a factor in his favour too (appealing to Sugar’s background). However, his business plan was not really a plan at all, and why Solomon saw it fit to fill the pages with pictures of sailboats is bizarre. We saw Claude rip him to shreds in the interview, leading Solomon to almost walk out of the window!!! He has a great background but I think he was too young and lacks business experience to consider going into partnership with. Give him a few years and he will do well.

Roisin has probably been the hot favourite but when she revealed the details of her business plan, it failed to win over the interviewers. She wanted to open a diet ready meal range based on a unique ingredient, which turned out to be not so unique. Her plan was too ambitious and too costly – too risky for a potential investor. She reminds me of Helen from a few years ago: if it had been a prize of a job, Roisin would win, but the business plan let her down.

Daniel was probably the hot favourite to exit the show in week 3,4,5… yet he has remained to this week! Big surprise! Nobody really show confidence in his business plan, or the lies on his CV, but what appealed was his background. He has managed to start from scratch and run his own business, which shows experience, but come on, it’s DANIEL! Did you expect him to win?!

Mark seems to be on the losing team almost every week but he has the highest sales figures in the competition. He wants to start a digital marketing business, similar to his previous jobs. He knows what to do and how to do it, but with a lot of competition from similar businesses, can he make it a big success?

Bianca seems a bit boring – too professional and no character to her. I did think the Claudine’s comments were a bit out of line. However, her emotional display in front of Ricky Martin proved how much the competition meant to her. Her hosiery business drew positive comments from the interviewers and there is a gap in the fashion market, with great potential to make millions.

Mark and Bianca are the two finalists! Who will win? I think Bianca will just edge it. Her business is more different and riskier than Mark’s business, but more likely to make more money at the end. And really, that is all that matters in the end isn’t it?…

The Apprentice – Dessert time!

It’s been a while since I have blogged about The Apprentice. Welcome back!

After the fiasco of Skeleton-Gate last week (I blame Sugar by the way), the two teams are changed, much to Daniel’s relief. Daniel swaps with Sanjay, who not long after, tells the rest of Tenacity that he is happy to be away from Bianca.

Will Mark lose another task? Mr Second-Worst-Candidate, losing to Daniel apparently…

Roisin and Katie, who both have food-related business plans, head up the two teams. Roisin’s team opts for tea flavoured cheesecakes and Katie chooses trifles. Summit has a relatively good product and tiptop branding, whereas Tenacity’s product contains some strange flavours and the branding is far from premium. It is not hard to see why Summit loses, especially combined with poor pitching (Mark’s Tesco pitch is one of the most hilarious moments of the series haha).

So whilst Summit go on a Martini and Macaroons yacht ride (is this a thing? I want to go! Do Martinis go with macaroons), team Tenacity are forced to explain themselves. Kirsty has been a solid candidate throughout the process, but shows an alarming lack of food knowledge, which scares Sugar. Mark again has performed well in the task (although he is a sneaky snake at times…) but his pitch this time around was awful/comical, especially after he hyped himself up to be the best salesman ever!!! He is also to blame for branding, along with Sanjay. Sanjay is an odd one; I can hardly remember who he was up until a few weeks ago, when I started to remember him for sniping at others, and saying a lot of things but not doing a lot of things.

As we start to near towards the final, Sugar pulls focus onto the business plans of the final three. Katie is the first to be fired – this week fails to inspire confidence in her from Sugar. No one seems to understand why Sanjay says his plan is so amazing, with Sugar and Mark struggling to see where money will be made. Not much is said about Mark’s plan, only that it is sales based…and that Mark is a good salesman. Sanjay is the next to go. Mark stays.

Bye Bye Sanjay

Next week the interviews take place. In a strange turn of events, previous winner Ricky Martin returns. Presumably he has done something to earn the status of “all powerful and great interviewer”. I do like him but he has changed now…boo…Judging from the preview, he will try to be extra tough and mean, like the other interviewers!

X Factor Final – Who Will Win?!

 

Who will win the X Factor crown?

This Saturday sees the X Factor final take place at Wembley Stadium. Who will win? Does it even matter? Many of the acts who have failed to win the top prize have gone onto bigger and better things (in some years, even better than the winner themselves re: Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, One Direction, etc.).

Simon Cowell must be a very happy man. The year he returns to the show, he has two of his acts in the final and stands a good chance of being a winning mentor. Fleur is obviously the top favourite, having received positive comments from the judges and the public alike. Last week, her performance of “Uptown Funk” really marked her as a strong contender. It has become a big talking point – even becoming no.1 in the Itunes Chart, and propelling the original artists’ version to the top spot this week. For me, Fleur isn’t the best singer. She can sing but there is nothing special about her voice (compare her with Leona Lewis) but she is an all-rounder, something that you don’t really see on a show like this before. She can sing, dance and rap, all of which makes her an exciting prospect in the music business, especially when you couple that with the enormous promotion she has being on X Factor.

Yet the favourite is not always the one who wins. I think Ben could be a dark horse as he is very popular with the public too. He is great at upbeat songs but his voice in slow songs is sometimes uncomfortable to listen to. Whereas Fleur has great potential post-Xfactor, I can’t see a unique gap in the market for Ben. There are already so many male singers doing what he does.

Early on, Andrea was the hot favourite but in the last few weeks he has faced trouble – receiving negative feedback from the judges and falling in the bottom two twice. Personality-wise, he is my favourite, and his voice is hard to beat. The thing with Andrea is that his voice doesn’t really lend itself well to contemporary music. Many of his songs he has performed on the show are classics from 1980s, 1990s, and the question is: can he adapt to create music to appeal to modern tastes today?

So, Fleur is my tip to win, or maybe Ben causing an upset and stealing the win! What do you think? Has X Factor 2014 been a success in your eyes? Do you still miss Stevie? Leave your comments below!