Former Apprentice candidate Liz Locke backs Tom Pellereau to win The Apprentice 2011

Tom Pellereau

Former Apprentice candidate Liz Locke has backed Tom Pellereau will win this year's current Apprentice series. The 25-year-old, who was fired during week 10 of last year's show, said that apparent inventor Tom was "way ahead" of the other candidates in the current show.

Instead of a job with Lord Sugar, this year's winner will instead receive a £250,000 cash injection into their own business venture, together with Lord Sugar's help, expertise and contacts.

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Speaking to BANG Showbiz, Liz said: “I think Tom’s really interesting because he’s had the right ideas throughout the process. He’s not necessarily a great sales person, but this series isn’t about finding a great sales person.

“It’s about finding someone with great ideas and he seems to be so far ahead of everybody else in that respect.”

Liz also suggested that the BBC One series, now in its seventh year, could do with a revamp similar to the American version of the show.

“I do think it needed a format change but if I’m honest, I would have preferred a complete change in terms of the tasks – they could have jazzed it up slightly and gone the whole hog," she said.

“If you’re project manager on the American version of the show and your team wins you get to sit on the panel alongside the equivalent of Karen, Nick and Lord Sugar and help decide who goes. It can turn nasty, but it would definitely give it a little bit more of an edge.”

The Apprentice 2011 continues tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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