'The Apprentice': Meet Lord Sugar's 16 new candidates - pictures
Michael Copp, Azhar Siddique, Nick Hozherr, Tom Gearing, Duane Bryan, Adam Corbally, Ricky Martin, Stephen Brady, Laura Hogg, Maria O'Connor, Jenna Whittingham, Jane McEvoy, Bilyana Apostolova, Gabrielle Omar, Katie Wright and Jade Nash will be battling it out for this year's prize.
Aides Nick Hewer and Karren Brady will return to keep an eye on the new contestants as they compete to earn an investment from Lord Sugar.
Tom Pellereau won the last series after pitching a business aiming to reduce the financial and personal costs of employee back pain through specialist chairs.
The Apprentice returns on Wednesday, March 21 at 9pm on BBC One.
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