Apprentice 2011 hopefuls WILL be interviewed... during the show's final!

The Apprentice 2011

The Apprentice 2011 candidates will be put through the traditional gruelling interview process, it has been revealed. It was reported last week at the famous stage of the UK show had been axed, however instead a twist to this year's programme will see the tough interviews moved to the show's final in two weeks’ time!

Previously the interviews marked the penultimate stage of the show, with the questioning deciding which candidates made it to the final.

According to The Sun, this year however the show will see four finalists, all of whom will be grilled by Lord Sugar's aides - including viewer favourite, Margaret Mountford - before one of them is offered a £250,000 investment into their business.

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A source told the newspaper: "This year as the prize is different we wanted to shake things up a bit. Viewers love the interview round because it really is the toughest thing about the show.

"And this series will be even harder. Lord Sugar has even more at stake this year as he'll be investing £250,000 of his own cash into a business with the winner.

"And instead of there just being two people in the final, there will be four - making the contest even tougher and more tense. No longer will they be able to rely on exploiting the weak points of just one rival."

Margaret Mountford, Claude Littner, Mike Soutar and Matthew Riley will all have a one-on-one chat with the finalists in two weeks’ time.

The Apprentice 2011 continues tomorrow night on BBC One at 9PM.

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