Apprentice's Alex Britez Cabral slams 'manipulative' Jim Eastwood
'Apprentice' reject Alex Britez Cabral - who was fired from the BBC One show last night (11.05.11) - has slammed fellow candidate Jim Eastwood as ''manipulative''
'Apprentice' reject Alex Britez Cabral has slammed fellow candidate Jim Eastwood as "manipulative".
The 28-year-old estate agent manager - who last night (11.05.11) became the second contestant to be fired by Lord Alan Sugar - blamed his elimination from the BBC One reality series on the Irish sales and marketing expert, but admitted his "powers of manipulation" could help him to win the competition.
Alex exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "At the end of the day we had a task and we failed. We were criticised for the pitch and Jim was involved in the pitch, we were criticised for our app, which Jim wrote.
"He dodged the blame and noticed Karen had picked me out the previous week for taking a backseat role and so he manipulated the situation.
"He could win, you have to admire his powers of manipulation."
However, the London-based businessman believes the situation would have been totally different had project manager Leon Doyle - who led boys' team Logic to a loss in the task, which required the contestants to develop and market a mobile phone application - taken Jim into the boardroom.
Alex added: "Jim made huge errors. If Leon had taken Jim in to the boardroom I believe it would have been a different situation entirely."
With a £250,000 business development fund from Lord Sugar up for grabs, Alex thinks the multi-millionaire technology mogul is ultimately looking for a candidate he is happy to work alongside.
He explained: "He's certainly an interesting character and has a very direct way of going about things. He's very bullish and he calls it how he sees. But he's not there to make friends, he's there to find a business partner to launch a new product with.
"Ultimately, it's got to be the person he wants to work with. He's obviously doing it for a return so maybe he feels he has to go with the person he feels he has the most experience in that sector."