06/10/2016 13:15 BST | Updated 06/10/2016 13:15 BST

'The Apprentice' 2016 Candidates: Meet The 18 People Competing In The New Series

One 'feels sorry' for Lord Sugar, while another says his monobrow proves his prowess.

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...

  • Oliver Nohl-Oser
    Oliver Nohl-Oser
    Age: 33
    Profession: Owner of a food distribution business

    In his own words: “Sometimes I feel like James Bond when I’m in my suit.”
  • Rebecca Jeffrey
    Rebecca Jeffrey
    Age: 31
    Profession: Owner of a design and marketing business

    In her own words: “I’m proof that you can get things done without whinging.”
  • Samuel Boateng
    Samuel Boateng
    Age: 27
    Profession: Sales manager

    In his own words: “My creativity, my passion, my charm, and my likeability all roll into one, creating one perfect guy.”
  • Grainne McCoy
    Grainne McCoy
    Age: 31
    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.”
  • Courtney Wood
    Courtney Wood
    Age: 29
    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'.”
  • Aleksandra King
    Aleksandra King
    Age: 38
    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.”
  • Jessica Cunningham
    Jessica Cunningham
    Age: 29
    Profession: Online fashion entrepreneur

    In her own words: “A motto I live by is: there is no competition if you're already winning.”
  • JD O'Brien
    JD O'Brien
    Age: 37
    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.”
  • Dillon St. Paul
    Dillon St. Paul
    Age: 37
    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.”
  • Karthik Nagesan
    Karthik Nagesan
    Age: 33
    Profession: Owner of IT consultancy company

    In his own words: “If I wanted to be like everyone else, I’d have waxed my monobrow.”
  • Sofiane Khelfa
    Sofiane Khelfa
    Age: 32
    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.”
  • Natalie Hughes
    Natalie Hughes
    Age: 30
    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.”
  • Paul Sullivan
    Paul Sullivan
    Age: 38
    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.”
  • Michelle Niziol
    Michelle Niziol
    Age: 35
    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.”
  • Frances Bishop
    Frances Bishop
    Age: 25
    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’.”
  • Mukai Noiri
    Mukai Noiri
    Age: 36
    Profession: Digital marketing manager

    In his own words: "I feel sorry for Lord Sugar, past contestants have been weak."
  • Alana Spencer
    Alana Spencer
    Age: 24
    Profession: Cake company owner

    In her own words: “I'll stop at nothing to get what I want.”
  • Trishna Thakrar
    Trishna Thakrar
    Age: 28
    Profession: Recruiter

    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.


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