Alex Mills has become the latest candidate to be fired from The Apprentice 2013 in tonight's results.
After cooking and branding a new ready meal and pitching it to supermarket chains and an online retailer, the candidates went back to the boardroom to compare order numbers.
After listening to the team’s thoughts about how the task went, Nick and Karren reveal the all important results:
For Evolve’s Oh My Pow, Ocado placed 300 orders, Morrisons placed no orders and Asda placed 2,500 orders, bringing their total to 2,800 orders placed.
For Endeavour’s Deadly Dinners, Ocado placed 1,000 orders, Morrisons placed no orders and Asda also placed no orders, bringing their total to 1,000 orders placed.
For the winning team Evolve, Lord Sugar treats Neil, Luisa and Francesca to a spin round Bedford Autodrome in a Ferarri.
Back in the boardroom, after discussing what led to the failure of the task, the pitch, the product or the branding, Alex decides to bring Myles and Leah back to face Lord Sugar.
Finally, after hearing from all three candidates about both the task and their potential as a business partner, Lord Sugar delivers his verdict: "Alex, you should have stuck to your guns on this thing here. But I do admire your enthusiasm. And you’re very, very young, and I have to say, that for someone as young as you, you are someone to be admired.
"Leah, you’ve spoken up in these last few moments, I see a different person there. I don’t want to hear any more from you now – I mean, here you’re rattling off like an AK-47 machine gun now. You’ve spoken more in the last ten minutes than you have in the last nine weeks.
"Myles, the fatal error is you got your customer wrong. But Alex, I think you’re a young, enthusiastic chap, and I want to send you off with a bit of advice: try and stick to something, right, and you’re going to succeed. But at the moment Alex, it is with regret, that you’re fired.”
Lord Sugar has a word of warning for Myles and Leah: “Myles, some people looking in on this may think you’ve got away with murder there. It’s my 45 years in business that tells me you deserve to stay in this competition. Having said that, it’s getting very tough, very competitive now. This leniency won’t be around anymore. And the same applies to you Leah.”
As Alex left the series in a black cab, he reflected on his time in the process: “This had been my first time project managing in nine tasks and, you know, unfortunately it didn’t work out. Maybe I shouldn’t have listened to other people and carried on with what I would have done, then we would have actually won this task. But I’ve still got my end goal, and that is what I’m going to work towards.”
Six candidates remain – who will be the next to hear the infamous words “You’re Fired?”
The Apprentice 2013 airs Wednesday nights on BBC One from 9PM.
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