It's time to size up the remaining candidates and analyse who has what it takes to be the next Apprentice.
His drone voice and pretentious nature drives me insane, but
there is something to be said about the way Chris conducts himself
in the boardroom. Despite being brought back several times, he
always stays calm, cool and collected. Nothing shakes him. And
though he seems to have no actual business acumen and brings
nothing to his team, he is a testament to the art of verbal
When Chris speaks, he's believable, makes excellent points, and always keeps his opinions short and to the point. This gets you far in debates and negotiation and gets you through the boardroom. This talent is the only reason he has come this far.
Chris Bates represents one of the worst types of employees you could have, someone who contributes nothing, but can argue himself out of the toughest situations. It's difficult to fire him and impossible to get any real benefit from him. I'm sure he would make a fine politician.
Of all the candidates on this year's series, Stella is, by far,
the strongest. She is the show's saving grace. She led the men to
victory in week two and has been a strong, steady, stable force to
be reckoned with. She's never raised her voice or been shaken in
My favourite Stella moments have been watching her let Brand Baggs shoot himself in the foot. When he tried to raise up against her, she put him right back in his box. She's a woman who knows how to choose her moment, when to step up, when to stand back, how to take responsibility for her actions and how to fight her corner. At the same time, she remains feminine and maintains her integrity at all times.
Stella makes me proud to be a woman in business and I would be happy to work with her any day of the week.
I'm not a fan of Joanna. She's pushy. She's abrasive. And I
think she might actually be grumpier than Lord Sugar! (Is that even
When you're under stress and working to impossible deadlines, the last thing you need on your team is someone bringing everyone down with whinging and whining, especially when that someone doesn't even offer good ideas.
Even when she's not speaking, Joanna's face is scrunched up in disgust and gives away her every inner thought. Her only redeeming quality is that she seems to be a pretty good sales person - a quality Lord Sugar rates highly.
Where do I even start? Cocky. Arrogant. Rude. Stuart Baggs has
no business being on The Apprentice. He certainly isn't
one of Britain's best and his antics make it difficult for other
candidates to maintain our credibility.
He is the jester of the series and his only purpose is to bring comic value. He has shocked and offended viewers and damaged The Apprentice brand. I'm usually someone who can find something positive in everyone and everything, but Brand Baggs is an embarrassment to anyone and everyone affiliated with the show and a liability to anyone foolish enough to hire him.
Lord Sugar should be ashamed of himself for keeping him in past week one. With any luck, Margaret will make things right next week and give him a reality check he'll never forget.
Though he has a large female following, Jamie's charms do not
work on me. I black listed him in week three when he threw his toys
out of the pram because he wasn't allowed to be project manager. He
started to undermine the team leader from that point on, which is
playing dirty in my book. He's tactical, manipulative, and seems to
believe he is better than everyone else.
He had a few ideas that coincidentally liaised with wins for his team, but the victories were not his to claim. In his mind, he believes the Cuuli is a great product and that he's a mastermind. In reality, he got lucky and had a good team or was the lesser of two evils.
When Jamie doesn't get his way, he makes life miserable for those around him. He is a smooth talker and knows how to position himself. I've been pleased that Lord Sugar and others have started to see the real Jamie in recent weeks. He is a formidable foe and with Liz gone, I believe he will make it to the final, but I do not believe he has what it takes to be the next Apprentice.
Liz and Stella were the only worthy and credible business candidates in this entire series. To me, this is a no brainer: Stella to win. She would be a terrific asset to Lord Sugar's empire and any company for that matter. The rest are a bunch of liabilities.
Kimberly now runs Sarsaparilla Marketing, a marketing and training agency helping small businesses increase profits and measure results.