Today, the sixth episode of The Apprentice 2012 will be aired on BBC One at 9pm. You can catch up on my previous episode updates by links provided at the bottom of this post. So far, we have seen five people get the chop by Lord Alan Sugar.
Week One said good bye to Bilyana Apostolova
Week Two said good bye to Maris O’Conner
Week Three said good bye to Michael Copp
Week Four said good bye to Jane McEvoy
And, week Five said good bye to Duane Bryan with a big smile.
As I have done previously, I predicted that team Phoenix will win – and proud to announce I was correct.
It’s more sensible to refer to each team by their team names from now onwards, especially since the teams are mixed with both boys and girls.
The task this time was one which involved more thought process, relied on simply and possible idea over hard and complicated one. This time, the teams had to design and plan a ‘new’ exercise regime which would tempt three major UK fitness clubs to franchise or lease.
Team Phoenix had a group of people who seemed to be reluctant in putting their names forward as project manager for this task. The only person to put their hand up was ‘teeth chewing’ Stephen; it was the likely choice since work related to fitness was his daily job.
Team Sterling was more engaging and two people put their views forward as to why they should be project managers: Jenna and Ricky made their cases and in the end Ricky got more votes.
Both teams worked on their ideas and in my view, team Sterling were quick off the mark, as Ricky almost instantly came up with their concept and their training regime. Team Sterling lead by Ricky tried to blend martial arts with fitness – not a new idea and has been around in various fitness clubs for years. On the other hand team Phoenix endorsed a retro 80s style fitness classes.
Both teams had to produce a promotional video, which later would be used to demo their ideas to the large fitness clubs when they pitch their ideas.
From both video’s I have to admit I preferred Team Phoenix – as their style suited their 80’s idea. Team Sterling seemed to have lost the martial arts touch in their video – and it became evident that their video promotion appeared standard dance/fitness class.
As usual both teams struggled to cover important areas of their fitness regime including material and equipment which team Phoenix didn’t account for.
Nonetheless in the end, Team Phoenix won the task – despite having the first two clubs reject their ideas in the boardroom and only the last and final club agreed to trail their fitness regime.
So, not surprisingly team Sterling lost and it seems they are in a pretty bad state now. The boardroom was yet again full of people pointing fingers and in the end Ricky decided to bring Duane with his big smile along with Laura who has become a common face in the boardroom face-offs.
With Laura fighting her corner on the grounds that she was doing what she was instructed to do, and Ricky claiming the video promotion lost him the task meant that Duane was left out and in the end Lord Sugar agreed and fired smiling Duane.
Today’s task is all about Street Food. Lord Sugar sends the candidates to Scotland, where they must make gourmet grub and sell it on the streets of Edinburgh. The teams decide on Italian meatballs and Scottish stew, but before heading north there is a spot of market research at one of London’s fancy street food fairs. It is clear from what is served up that there is more to this business than dishing up a burger and chips.
On today’s task I think I am going to back Team Sterling to win, they need this badly.
Anyway, I’d like to leave you with a video below of some funny bits on the last episode. See you all tonight at 9pm on BBC One