The Apprentice 2016 spoilers! Candidates enter the virtual world of VR gaming...

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Here's a spoiler-filled preview of The Apprentice 2016 tonight as the candidates enter a virtual world.

The stakes are raised in week nine, as the eight remaining candidates get closer to securing Lord Sugar's £250,000 investment into their business ideas.

Karren Brady and Claude Littner surprise the remaining candidates at The Apprentice house to give a briefing that is ‘out of this world’.

They're handed virtual reality goggles before meeting Lord Sugar in a whole new world.

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For the next task, the teams have to push their imagination and design skills to the limit to create a new virtual reality game, before pitching it to gaming enthusiasts at the world-famous Comic Con exhibition in London.

There's a shuffle of team members before project managers are appointed with Sofiane and Trishna taking charge of the rival groups, decisions that don't get everyone's approval.

“Sofiane sold a few headsets in a leading department store and now he wants to be project manager. I don’t know why the team didn’t back me," complains Dillon.

One team dives into the ocean for their game, while the others reach for the stars with an intergalactic theme. Things start to look rocky when one project manager gets frustrated with a giggling branding team who are not taking the task seriously enough.

On pitch day, the teams face one of the biggest crowds in Apprentice history, pitching to an audience larger than ever before.

In a room full of some of the country’s biggest industry experts and 300 gaming enthusiasts, the pressure is too much for one tongue-tied project manager, whose nerves threaten to tear the pitch apart.

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At the end of the pitches, the industry experts and audience are given the opportunity to vote for their favourite game to decide the winner.

Mission over and the teams are brought back to reality with a bump in the boardroom with a landslide victory for one team once votes are counted and verified.

It means it's ‘game over’ for at least one of the candidates, as they hear the words “You’re Fired!”

The Apprentice 2016 airs tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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