The climax of The Apprentice will be a battle of cakes against collagen after hopefuls Luisa Zissman and Leah Totton were put through to make it an all-girl finale.
After competing in a tough round of gruelling interviews on Wednesday night’s episode, Luisa, a 25-year-old cake shop owner, and Leah, a 24-year-old doctor, will now go head-to-head to win a £250,000 investment and the chance to be Lord Sugar’s business partner.
Luisa is proposing a branded baking ingredients website, while Leah – who currently works in A&E – wants to launch her own non-surgical cosmetic treatments clinic, offering lunchtime injections of Botox and facial fillers.
The blonde doctor admitted she has no business experience but confessed to Lord Sugar’s team of advisors: “I really need the money.”
In the latest episode of The Apprentice, viewers saw soccer-centre manager Neil Clough miss out on a place in the final, despite Lord Sugar admitting he was his favourite candidate.
The 32-year-old was told his estate agency website idea was not a viable business, but refused to back down. Sugar told him: “If this was all about me giving someone a job, I’d give you a job tomorrow. But coming into business with me, I’m afraid not my friend.”
Neil admitted: “I’m absolutely gutted. My biggest regret is I was given a chance to put in a Plan B and I didn’t, and I absolutely do regret that. Whether or not that end goal of winning took over, I don’t know. I’m so competitive, that’s why I think I’m so gutted now. I wanted it so much and it’s difficult to take.
“For Lord Sugar to say, ‘You’re the right man, you’ve just got the wrong plan’, I could see he was sort of willing me to be the person that goes into business with him. But my business plan wasn’t right for him, I did make a couple of mistakes with it. I do respect his decision.”
In one of the tasks, Neil gave a motivational speech to a group of businessman, in which he opened up about how his father’s death from cancer, when Neil was 18, had motivated him to succeed.
He confessed: “I think that is one of my biggest drivers, to make him proud of me. And as I got further along on The Apprentice, it was like ‘If I win it I will make him proud of me.’ And I think the difficult thing for me to take is I’ve fallen short of the final hurdle.”
The Apprentice Final will air on Wednesday July 17 at 8pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.