The Apprentice: Meet the candidates

BAFTA-winning BBC show The Apprentice is back. As a new batch of new candidates go head to head for 12 weeks in a bid to win a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar, expect tears, tantrums… and the usual outlandish claims.

"I have the energy of a Duracell bunny, sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit and a brain like Einstein,” boasts Luisa Zissman, 25, one of 16 new contestants, who range from a Louboutin-loving entrepreneur to a historian with a love for Question Time. They'll have to battle it out in the boardroom to impress Lord Sugar and his assistants Nick Hewer and Karren Brady, and avoid hearing the infamous phrase, "You're fired!"



"This is an unbelievable opportunity. For me to choose you, you've got to be brilliant," Lord Sugar tells them.

Could this be the best series of The Apprentice yet? HELLO! Online has seen the first episode of its latest run — its ninth — and can guarantee that there are laugh-out-loud moments aplenty. Yes, the award-winning series is well and truly back with a bang. But who will be the first to be fired? Tune in tonight, 9pm on BBC One.

Click the photo above to meet the candidates.

Who's been fired so far...

Week one: Jaz Ampaw-Farr
Week two: Tim Stillwell
Week three: Sophie Lau
Week four: Uzma Yakoob
Week five: Zeeshaan Shah

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