His Royal Angryness Lord Sugar has revealed that he will be shaking up the format for this year’s Apprentice final (to be shown on 20th July) by snubbing fired contestants and making the gruelling interviews round the final hurdle.
Unlike in previous series, there will also be four contestants fighting the £250,000 investment.
In years gone by, contestants who had previously been given the boot by Sugar would return to help the finalists in a live face-off. This has always seemed like an odd move to some people, especially when you consider that they were all given the boot for various levels of rubbishness.
Now the interview stage with a series of business leaders – which last year saw the fall of Stuart Baggs – has been upgraded from its usual position as the penultimate episode.
“This year as the prize is different we wanted to shake things up a bit,” a show insider told The Sun.
“Viewers love the interview round because it really is the toughest thing about the show. And this series will be even harder. Lord Sugar has even more at stake this year as he’ll be investing £250,000 of his own cash into a business with the winner.”
The source also explained how having four finalists should make for a better climax: “Instead of there just being two people in the final, there will be four – making the contest even tougher and more tense. No longer will they be able to rely on exploiting the weak points of just one rival.”
Interviewing the finalists will be Lord Sugar’s former assistant Margaret Mountford, business troubleshooter Claude Littner, magazine chief Mike Soutar and IT boss Matthew Riley.