Liz Locke backs Tom Pellereau to win The Apprentice

Tom Pellereau

Tom Pellereau

Former 'The Apprentice' candidate Liz Locke is backing 31-year-old inventor Tom Pellereau to win this year's show.

Liz Locke is backing Tom Pellereau to win this year's 'The Apprentice'.

The 25-year-old finance expert - who was controversially fired during week 10 of the BBC One competition last year - thinks the quirky inventor is "way ahead" of the other candidates vying for the opportunity to set up a new business with multi-millionaire technology mogul Lord Alan Sugar.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I think Tom's really interesting because he's had the right ideas throughout the process. He's not necessarily a great sales person, but this series isn't about finding a great sales person.

"It's about finding someone with great ideas and he seems to be so far ahead of everybody else in that respect."

Liz admitted 'The Apprentice' - which is currently in its seventh series - was in need of a format revamp, but she wishes it had gone further and been even more controversial like its US counterpart.

Speaking at yesterday's (07.06.11) launch of Virgin Active's London Triathlon Team, she added: "I do think it needed a format change but if I'm honest, I would have preferred a complete change in terms of the tasks - they could have jazzed it up slightly and gone the whole hog.

"If you're project manager on the American version of the show and your team wins you get to sit on the panel alongside the equivalent of Karen, Nick and Lord Sugar and help decide who goes. It can turn nasty, but it would definitely give it a little bit more of an edge."


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