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DS Fantasies: Our 'Apprentice' boardroom

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The Apprentice is back and fully in swing with three feisty firings from Sir Alan Sugar already in the bag. But so far this series, we haven't seen a boardroom battle to match the heights of series gone by. There's been bitching, evil glares and quarrels, but the rants and fireworks have been kept to a minimum. In tribute to our favourite Apprentice fighters of yesteryear, we've come up with a fantasy boardroom comprising the contestants who managed to stand their ground and fight on even when Sir Alan was only inches away from pointing the finger.


Tre Azam
"Forthright, outspoken and a bit of a maverick". Not our words, but those of Tre when asked to describe himself. The gobby Hackney entrepreneur, who happily describes himself as a "superstar", could not be matched in the boardroom when it came to words per minute. Anyone who challenged him had to brace themselves for a battle, which they never had a hope in hell of winning. Rory Laing's attempts to discipline Azam ("I am your boss!") in week two of series three is one of the greatest Apprentice moments of all time.


The Badger
Many claimed that Ruth Badger was robbed when she lost out to the beautiful Michelle Dewberry on the second series of The Apprentice. The bolshy Badger has excelled in nearly all her tasks and was a no-nonsense beast in the boardroom that you wouldn't ever want to cross. With bigger balls than 99.9% of her male rivals, her ruthless streak and her ability to sell, sell, sell made even Sir Alan seem like a bit of a softy. We're not sure that even Sir Alan felt totally comfortable when The Badge was in full flow and on the rampage.


Raef Bjayou
He can speak to "prince or pauper" and the spoken word is his tool. Raef Bjayou is one of the smartest cookies to ever be taken to the boardroom, managing to create a gigantic U-turn in public opinion during his stint on the show. On first reflections he seemed like a dim-witted toff, but as the weeks went past the Raefster's ability to lead, delegate and his dedication to the cause (who can forget Raef in that giant bear costume during the wedding task?) won nearly everyone over. Although Sir Alan inexplicably fired him, even the grumpy millionaire later confessed that he considered Bjayou a "really nice chap".


Claire 'The Rottweiller' Young
Brought back into the boardroom six times, Claire 'The Rottweiller' Young swatted off her opponents in The Apprentice boardroom like flies. A head-to-head between her and the Badger would be a bloody, but beautiful sight for all Apprentice purists. Her uncontrollable mouth made her very few friends, but after some stern words from Sugar, Mountford and Hewer, Young honed her verbal barbs and went all the way to the final. Only Lee McQueen and his reverse pterodactyl would eventually stop her in her tracks.

Who would be in your dream Apprentice boardroom? Do you think any of the new candidates could give these guys a run for their money?

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