The Apprentice contestants revealed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 September 2010
Alan Sugar

Lord Alan Sugar

Lord Alan Sugar's new 'The Apprentice' candidates include an unemployed graduate, former Royal Marine commando, a cleaner and a surgeon, who is a comedian in his spare time

A cleaner, an unemployed graduate and a surgeon are among the line-up for this year's 'The Apprentice'.

Returning for a sixth series, the BBC One show will follow the 16 candidates as they battle it out against each other in a series of tasks in the hope of winning an apprenticeship with multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Alan Sugar.

The businessman - who is believed to be worth £830 million - revealed he selected a different type of contestant this year in response to the economic downturn.

He told BANG Showbiz: "The economic climate has meant there are a lot of credible businessmen and women out of work through no fault of their own. Some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs have failed, but failure is a way of learning."

Among this year's contestants are ex-Royal Marine Commando Christopher Farrell, 25-year-old cleaning company owner and mother-of-two Joanna Riley, and surgeon Shibby Robati, who in addition to his career as a doctor, owns two businesses and is a comedian in his spare time.

Shibby said: "My first word wasn't mummy. It was money."

However, despite Lord Sugar being pleased with the calibre of the candidates, he has made it clear he is looking for someone "exceptional".

On the show's first episode - which sees the contestants embark on a sausage-selling task - the tycoon tells them: "On paper you all look very good. But then again so does fish and chips. I need someone who is dynamic and ambitious and is not scared to take a risk. I'm not interested in any Steady Eddies or Cautious Carols. I'm looking for someone who is exceptional."

Series six of 'The Apprentice' starts on October 6 at 9pm on BBC One.

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