Leah Totton wins The Apprentice
Leah Totton was hired by Lord Alan Sugar on 'The Apprentice' last night (17.07.13) and then admitted she hadn't even prepared a reaction speech because she was "utterly convinced" Luisa Zissman would defeat her in the final
Leah Totton was crowned winner of 'The Apprentice' last night (17.07.13).
The 24-year-old doctor beat off competition from fellow finalist Luisa Zissman to land Lord Alan Sugar's £250,000 investment for her medical cosmetic clinics, of which he will be a partner, but the blonde beauty was so shocked she hadn't even planned what to say when he told her: "You're hired."
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I still don't believe it. I'm in a complete state of shock. I'm in utter disbelief, I don't believe it. It's absolutely brilliant. I'm beside myself!
"While we were waiting to hear I was just thinking, 'What am I going to say back when he says Luisa has won?' So I became so preoccupied with that. In the boardroom I was utterly convinced that it was going to be Luisa and I think almost as a defence mechanism you do that.
"I'd prepared a speech for Luisa so I had nothing in my mind about how I should react if I did win. I think everyone was surprised.
"I never thought he was going to go with me even when I was the final."
Despite Lord Sugar describing it as a "risk" making Leah his business partner, the Northern Irishwoman - who wants to start a chain of clinics across the UK offering anti-ageing treatments, anti-wrinkle injections and facial fillers - insists she is "quite boring" and won't pose him any problems with her business.
She added: "I'm not that much of a risky individual, I'm quite boring really. I think the business side was what he meant. He's not in this sector at the minute.
"Mine was much more alien to him compared to Luisa's business so it's probably a bit risky in that regard. But I'm delighted he went with me in the end. The faith he's shown in me is overwhelming. It's brilliant, it's absolutely brilliant and I feel really, really, really lucky to be given this opportunity."