The Apprentice 2013: Natalie Panayi branded “fame-hungry”

Natalie Panayi (The Apprentice 2013)

The Apprentice 2013 candidate Natalie Panayi has been branded “fame-hungry” by a former manager.

The 30-year-old apparently tried her hand at singing before turning to a career in busness.

The Sun newspaper reports that Natalie was originally part of girl band trio Candy, but didn't get along with the group's manager, Sheldon Scott Dawkins.

He told the tabloid today: “I pity Lord Sugar because Natalie was a nightmare. She couldn’t bear to not be the centre of attention. It was more like dealing with a toddler than an adult sometimes.

“The choreographer used to call her ‘princess’ behind her back.”

Sheldon ditched Natalie from the band after less than a year, and claimed: “She called me a pr*ck a few times and told me to f*** off. I was stunned when I turned on The Apprentice and saw Natalie.

“She never showed any interest in business when I knew her.

“It will be interesting to see how long it takes her to make enemies on the show.”

Now a recruitment manager, Natalie declared at the top of the series: "When it comes to business, I am the complete package and when it comes to sales, I’m the best.”

The Apprentice continues tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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