The Apprentice 'like psychological torture' says former candidate

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The Apprentice has been compared to "psychological torture" by a former candidate.

Frances Bishop appeared on The Apprentice last year and finished third, just missing out on a place in the semi-final.

As the new series of the show prepares to kick off, Frances opened up about what it's really like filming for the BBC One series.

"It’s horrific! It’s like psychological torture! I speak to three people from the show," Frances explained. "The candidates are lovely, but you see their true colours."

A year on from her time on the show, Frances told OK! Magazine: "It’s like the Hunger Games! It’s so stressful! They have you sitting in silence before going into the boardroom, you can’t talk off camera, that’s horrific.

"Everyone is completely different from what you see in the show. They put you into a character, they write one for you and that’s what you’ll come out like!"The edit is horrific, the edit ruins lives!"

Despite not making the final, Frances went on to reveal that her business - children's clothing outlet The Pud Store - is going from strength to strength, now turning over half a million pounds.

It was Alana Spencer who won The Apprentice 2016 last year, securing a £250,000 investment for her bakery business.

Since the final in December she's been hard at work putting her business plan into action with Lord Sugar's help.

Meanwhile, The Apprentice 2017 start date on TV has been revealed for October this year by boss Lord Sugar.

A precise launch date hasn't yet been announced for the show which had typically aired on Wednesdays but last year moved to a new Thursday slot.

The show usually runs until December time with a final around Christmas.

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