Apprentice’s Melody reveals traumatic past

Apprentice hopeful Melody Hossaini has revealed how she was kidnapped and held at gunpoint while growing up with her family in Iran.

The 26-year-old businesswoman, who runs a global youth consultancy business, spoke in an audition video for the show of how her family fled their home country when she was a child.

“What makes me different from other candidates is that I come from a different upbringing,” she said. “I was born amid war in Iran.

“Our neighbours were bombed and we fled. I’ve been held at gunpoint in my own home. I’ve been kidnapped.”

Melody – who speaks five languages and lived in four other countries before her family finally settled in the UK, claims also to have worked alongside the likes of former vice-president Al Gore and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

“I want to be more than average,” she said. “Average was never good enough for me.”

She is one of 16 new candidates competing for a £250,000 investment from Sir Alan Sugar in the new series of the show which begins on Tuesday May 10 at 9pm. The second edition follows on Wednesday night.

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