Should Be Hired
It's five wins on the bounce for 'flash Harry' Myles. The dashing and debonair racing driver-turned-luxury brand businessman hasn't been perfect throughout the process (who can forget the lucky cat battery incident?), but his record speaks for itself. The buying tasks are always some of the most tricky on The Apprentice and he once again showed calm and poise under pressure, leading his team to victory.
She may have been on the losing team and ended up in the boardroom, but Leah finally showcased this week that there's more to her than an impressive pout and lipgloss collection. Her performance in the boardroom made her impossible to fire, she showed great instincts in the task and fought well against the bulldozing gob and stinking attitude of Zee. If she can hold her nerve and go with her gut more often, she's a contender.
After last week's boardroom celebration outburst, Jordan got back to doing what he does best this week, working diligently and quietly without much fuss. He was accused of spending too much time with research and dragging his heels, but in the long-term, we're sure Lord Sugar will be impressed by a candidate who takes care and attention over a project rather than one that dives headfirst into.
"I don't need any of that, I'm from Wales!" Aside from his weekly hilarious one-liners, Alex is managing to look consistently like a strong candidate and potential finalist, even when he's on the losing side. Even Nick Hewer has started cracking gags about his eyebrows and 'Dracula's looks are still distracting many viewers from what a serious candidate he is. Remember, he has proved himself creatively and also in those two vital Apprentice skills, buying and selling.
His intelligence may be like "a machete in the jungle", but in the biggest shopping mall in Dubai, it was the same old Jason. He remains the heart and soul of this year's Apprentice and even though his moments are on screen are brief, they are always beautiful. His bungling English tourist act was quite spectacular and we could listen to him spluttering the word "Oud" in his most proper tones all day.
All the candidates that have left the Apprentice so far have spoken very highly of Luisa, so maybe it's just a poor edit she's getting, but I'm finding it hard to spot any positives with the Jessica Rabbit/Einstein wannabe. I'm looking beyond the giggling, bikini-flashing, giddy Luisa that we see back at the house, but all I'm seeing is a very average candidate with only the size of her gob making her stand out from the crowd.
She may have been pushed to the sidelines by Zee, but Natalie has hardly done enough to justify all her blubbering in the boardroom. Zee was clearly an obnoxious twerp, but she should have stood up to him on the task like Leah if she felt so strongly about him. Karren Brady and Lord Sugar appear to have her card marked. She's got the talk and knows the right things to say, but she's got to actually start pulling her finger out on the tasks if she doesn't want the dreaded firing finger very soon.
Last week it was his damn milkshakes. This week snoozy Kurt couldn't get his head around cms and inches. A problem that has plagued men since the dawn of time when giving their measurements to ladies. Ahem. I'm sure Kurt has some good ideas and he understands how to run a business, but the fact that he always look like he's not slept for 48 hours and is unable to raise his energy levels above 'mumble' is making it hard to root for him.
He might not be a sexist. He might not be a chauvinist. He might not have been totally useless. But Zeeshan definitely deserved to get fired. Bolshy, rude, arrogant and dismissive, Zee was the most unlikable candidate of 2013. Even against the timid and unimpressive Natalie, there wasn't a hope that Zee would survive. The wannabe Napoleon had his Waterloo moment in Dubai. It didn't come a moment too soon. Maybe you should have kept hold of that map, Zee?