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Majid Nagra ('The Apprentice')

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Majid Nagra ('The Apprentice')
On this week's task, Sir Alan asked the two teams to create and market a new piece of fitness equipment. Lead by Debra, Team Ignite won the challenge with 10,180 orders for their remodel of the Swiss ball. Project manager James McQuillan chose to take Majid and Ben from Team Empire back into the boardroom, where they were given a grilling about their flop fitness box. After taking advice from Margaret Mountford, Sir Alan picked 28-year-old Majid for the boot, claiming that he had failed to contribute. Was it the right decision? We spoke to the reformed Coventry rebel to find out.

Do you think you deserved to get fired by Sir Alan this week?
"I think once everyone sees the show, they will know that James definitely should have got fired. He was project manager, we lost the task because of the product and I think he made the wrong decisions."

What do you think Margaret Mountford saw in James that the rest of you guys didn't?
"I don't know what she saw in him. Maybe he made her a cup of tea or something. I don't know what he said, but he must have said something good for her to say that he was alright. To be fair, there's so much interaction we have with Nick and Margaret, they really should just sit on the fence and sit and observe the information. I honestly think we lost this task because the product was bad and because of James's mistakes."

Do you think after two bad weeks in a row, James can change things around?
"I saw James for three weeks and I honestly think he was the weakest link. He's been in the boardroom twice for a reason. It's not because there was a conspiracy. It's because he made genuine mistakes and is the weakest link. Can he turn it around? Well if he's got Margaret saying good things about him, then he should be ok."

Do you think you should have been more vocal on the task? Sir Alan criticised you for not putting yourself forward.
"The thing is there's a lot of editing on the show. In the first week when we went to St Pancras and we did the shoe cleaning, the station manager said that he wanted to charge us for working there and take a percentage of what we earn. But I negotiated with him and got everything for free. On the second task I came up with the Olympic theme, which I think was great because everyone's talking about it in London. It wasn't my idea to go out with the togas and everything, but I contributed. On this task I did everything James asked me to do. This week, apart from Ben, no one in our group did more than me. For Sir Alan to say that, it it totally wrong. I definitely contributed and played my part."

Why did you and Ben make the box so complex? The original bingo wing idea seemed more appropriate for the task.
"We took advice from specialists. At our consultation, the professional said that we could have a box. I call it the death box now! But we didn't just want a box that did people's bingo wings. We wanted to work the triceps, biceps and legs. The guy we spoke to said that the more functionality we added to it, the better it would be, because it opened up our target audience. The functionality of the box didn't lose the task, it was the way it looked. It looked hideous. It should have had a 1960s television stood on top of it."

Phillip was singled out by Sir Alan as the golden boy on this week's task. Is he the front-runner now?
"I think Phillip 'The Power' Taylor is going to win it. He's got so much to offer it's unreal. Out of all the boys, he's the strongest candidate. If he doesn't win it, I'll be very surprised. They won this week's task because of Phillip. There's a lot more to see of him and I hope he wins it."

In your CV it said that you had a "never say die" attitude. Do you think you lived up to that in the boardroom?
"I don't think I did and this is where I let myself down. In the boardroom I thought James was going to go. I wasn't even paying attention to Sir Alan. He asked me one or two questions and then suddenly I realised, 'I may get fired here'. My brain started going at a hundred miles an hour and I didn't know what to say. But I still think that even after that, I didn't deserve to go."

What are your plans now you've been fired?
"I've still got a luxury car hire company, but I've got two things going on at the moment. Me and my friends from school have set up a theatre company called One Life. We go around schools doing plays on knife crime and workshops. We all came from the rough area of Coventry, we didn't go to the best schools and we came up with idea of educating youngsters on how we succeeded. We wanted to let them know that there is another way out. Knife crime is so rife in the UK right now it's unreal. We are hopefully doing something that gets youngsters off the street and change their lives. We want them to realise there's so much they can do if they put their minds to it."

The Apprentice continues next Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One

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