It looks as though Lord Alan Sugar has truly got his work cut out for him this year, with 18 brand new ‘Apprentice’ candidates having now been unveiled.
Last week, it was confirmed that the new series of the BBC One reality series would be hitting our screens for a 12th year next month, with the show now making the jump to Thursday nights.
With the boardroom doors almost ready to be thrown open once again, we’ve now been introduced to this year’s contestants, and you can rest assured, the one-liners are out in force yet again.
Yes, hearing the new ‘Apprentice’ candidates’ introductory statements (kind of like a ‘Real Housewives’ tagline but with a loose business twist) is undeniably one of the highlights of the TV calendar, and there are some real doozies among this year’s line-up...
Profession: Owner of a food distribution business
In his own words: “Sometimes I feel like James Bond when I’m in my suit.”
Profession: Owner of a design and marketing business
In her own words: “I’m proof that you can get things done without whinging.”
Profession: Sales manager
In his own words: “My creativity, my passion, my charm, and my likeability all roll into one, creating one perfect guy.”
Profession: Make-up studio owner
In her own words: “I need guidance and a little bit of mentoring to help me make that first million.”
Profession: Owner of a novelty gift company
In his own words: “How would I describe myself in one sentence? I'll give you one word: 'awesome'.”
Profession: Owner of a business consultancy firm
In her own words: “Like the Tasmanian devil in the famous cartoon, I will torpedo my way through to the win.”
Profession: Online fashion entrepreneur
In her own words: “A motto I live by is: there is no competition if you're already winning.”
Owner: Beachwear company
In his own words: “I won’t suffer fools. I will get upset by other candidates who don’t know their arse from their elbow.”
Profession: Art director at a fashion magazine
In his own words: “Sometimes batting the eyelashes can get you a lot in business. Hence, the mascara comes in handy – so they can see those lashes.”
Profession: Owner of IT consultancy company
In his own words: “If I wanted to be like everyone else, I’d have waxed my monobrow.”
Profession: Senior sales executive
In his own words: “The best survivors in the world are the people who adapt, and I’m the best at adapting. I’m like a chameleon. I adapt to anything, anywhere, anytime.”
Profession: Hair and beauty salon owner
In her own words: “I started at a young age, I'm a hustler, I've got the hustler’s ambition.”
Profession: Owner of a marketing agency
In his own words: “I'll play the team when I need to be part of the team, but I'm here to win; I'm not here to make up the numbers.”
Profession: Owner of a property consultancy company
In her own words: “I work 15 to 17 hours every day. 100 per cent, I'm a workaholic.”
Profession: Owner of a children's clothes company
In her own words: “I’m a pocket rocket. I’m quite fiery and live by the rule ‘kill them with kindness’.”
Profession: Digital marketing manager
In his own words: "I feel sorry for Lord Sugar, past contestants have been weak."
Profession: Cake company owner
In her own words: “I'll stop at nothing to get what I want.”
In her own words: “My only tactic is to be myself; this alone will make sure I win.”
The new series of ‘The Apprentice’ kicks off on Thursday 6 October at 9pm on BBC One.