Dillon St. Paul and Sofiane Khelfa were the most recent contestants to be fired from the BBC One show last night, leaving the remaining candidates with a substantial female advantage of – 5-1.
Last night’s Apprentice episode saw the contestants plunged into virtual reality, with each team tasked with developing their own virtual reality game. The teams scrapped to come up with game ideas, with Trishna Thakrar taking the role of project manager for team Nebula and Sofiane Khelfa for team Titan.
With novelty gift shop owner, Courtney Wood, and Fashion entrepreneur , Jessica Cunningham in charge of designing team Nebula’s video game – no wonder it ended up with the bizarre name, “Gordon’s lost his Badger” and equally confusing concept: an astronaut who’s lost his pet badger in space. Despite the wacky choice of name, with project manager Trishna branding it ‘rubbish’and confused feedback from the Comic Con test audience, Team Nebula managed to receive the greatest support from their pitch and securing their position for another week.
Team Titan however, struggled to work cohesively, with project manager Sofiane placing Dillon in charge of making the game, despite the fact that he has extensive experience in the branding field. Aide to Lord Sugar, Claude Littner, noted Sofiane’s error, remarking that: “Clearly Dillion should be on the branding side. But where’s he actually ended up? Not there.” Following this hiccup, Team Titan went on to produce what test subjects referred to as a ‘childish’ game which focused on an underwater character collecting shells for a puzzle.
In the Board Room, whilst disappointed with both teams effort, Sugar bought Sofiane back to the board room for his team’s loosing attempt, accompanied by Dillion and Grainne McCoy. Sofiane argued his corner, saying of Dillon: “If i was in your shoes i would have made a better game.”
Ultimately, Sugar chose to firstly fire Dillon for his performance telling him: “Whilst you are a very nice guy, I don’t think you have the potential to become my business partner.” The Millionaire mogul then turned on project manager, Sofiane, announcing: “I’m finding it difficult to believe that you are a potential winner.”
This leaves the final 6 hopefuls at five-to-one for the women, making a female business partner highly likely for Lord Sugar. The last female Apprentice winner was former Doctor, Leah Totton in 2013.