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'Apprentice' eliminee interview: 'I can barely pronounce grandeur'

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Jenna Whittingham ran out of fizz on tonight's Apprentice and became the latest candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar after creating a laughably bad advert for an English sparkling wine marketing challenge.

Stephen Brady and Ricky Martin managed to slip and slide out of Sugar's grasp and Whittingham's key role in the cheesy bubbly promo ultimately cost her.

Digital Spy caught up with the 25-year-old Lancashire lass to get her take on the task, her firing and her rivals.

The Apprentice Episode 9: Jenna Whittingham is Fired

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So what would you pick - English sparkling wine or champagne?
"English sparkling wine obviously! That's what I'll have at my wedding."

Seriously?
"To be honest, I'm more of a rosé drinker. A glass of rosé all the way."

That advert you made gets worse every time I watch it. How do you feel when you watch it back?
"I can see people's view on it now and why people think, 'Oh my God, how ridiculous'. But at the time, I thought it just had a little bit of humour and would help raise awareness. If it raises awareness of sparkling wine is another question. I was going for a different angle."

To be fair, Tom's team's video was exceptionally dull....
"I thought the other video was boring as well. I thought ours was quirky. It was different. The bridezilla was a different concept, but I thought, 'Why not?'"

Those actors in your video must hate you...
"Ha! I don't think they were very happy with me. 'We'll never work again and it's all down to Jenna. Our acting careers are over.' I still think it was a good video. If they had wanted humour it would have won us the task, but clearly they didn't."

The people judging the task seemed a bit stuck-up to me. What did you think of them?
"These people were wine connoisseurs, so maybe my take was too young and too out there for them. I was aiming at young people with the humour, I wasn't trying to appeal to people who already knew about English sparkling wine."

Sugar said Spielberg needn't worry, but would you like to get behind the camera again in business?
"Oh I'd love to. I think if anyone wanted to stand out, they should just give me a call. I was in my own little directing world on this task and I quite enjoyed it. To be honest, I thought we could have made our video even funnier. There was an idea to have the waiter be more like Manuel from Fawlty Towers. So if we'd got even more wacky, maybe it would have worked. Maybe it should have been more mad. Or maybe it would have just been more cringey."

The Apprentice Episode 9: Jenna, Ricky and Stephen in the Boardroom

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Stephen managed to slime away in the boardroom again. What did you make of his behaviour?
"I was quite surprised in the boardroom with Stephen. In one breath he changes from saying, 'I worked with Jenna on the video' to 'it was Jenna's idea'. He's a nice guy. Other candidates haven't got on with him, but I did. His problem is that if he doesn't like your idea, he will let you know about it. But on that video he was very giddy about it initially. Stephen just made the most of the fact that I was the sub-team leader. If Stephen had been the sub-team leader, I'd still be in the show."

Were you surprised when Sugar fired you?
"I was quite shocked in the boardroom. Nobody really challenged me in the boardroom. Stephen said Ricky should go and me and Ricky said Stephen should go. None of them challenged me at all and I never needed to defend myself or fight my corner at all. I think Stephen was saved at the last because of his promise to Lord Sugar that he wouldn't lose next week. Because he said that, I was next in line and had to go."

Did the word 'grandeur' never trigger any images of France in your head?
"To be honest, Stephen came up with 'Grandeur' and it never came up in my head. It bypassed me because I was so focused on the video. It was only in the boardroom when I went, 'Oh yeah, it is French'. That was all Stephen's idea, so it's just another reason he should have got fired really."

It doesn't sound like a French word when you say it to be fair.
"It sounds dead Northern when I say it! I can barely pronounce grandeur. You could see me on the task struggling to say it."

The Apprentice - The Boys - Nick Holzherr

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The Apprentice - The Girls - Gabrielle Omar

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Who are you tipping to win?
"Nick and Gabrielle I enjoyed working with the most. When we worked together we created results. Tom as well - I didn't really work with him, but when I was in the boardroom I could see he was making good points. He's a very clever lad for 23. Tom, Nick and Gabrielle are my favourites."

The Apprentice continues on Wednesday nights at 9pm on BBC One

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