Apprentice finalist 'changes business plan at last minute'

The Apprentice 2011

One of the four remaining candidates changes their business plan at the last minute in tonight's Apprentice 2011 final, it has been revealed. The shock move comes after they realise that Lord Sugar hates their original idea ahead of the interview process.

Tonight will see Susan Ma, Tom Pellereau, Jim Eastwood and Helen Milligan battle it out for a £250,000 investment from Lord sugar.

In one of the most closely contended series ever, the four finalists will face a grilling like no other as they endure the dreaded interview stage where they will be cross-examined by Lord Sugar’s most unforgiving associates; ruthless troubleshooter Claude Littner, pioneer of Britain's free magazine business Mike Soutar, chief executive Matthew Riley and his eyebrow raising confidant Margaret Mountford.

Their business proposals will be dissected with great scrutiny as they try to negotiate their way over one final hurdle in what has been Lord Sugar’s toughest race yet, and as his candidates enter the final furlong.

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Lord Sugar says: “They are all worthy finalists but only one of them will emerge victorious. Once my trusted colleagues get them under the microscope I have no doubt that flaws will be uncovered, and we will see who truly warrants my investment.”

However one of the candidates' shock U-turn on their business plan stuns the interview panel.

A show source told the Daily Star Sunday: “Literally moments before Lord Sugar decided who would win the investment, they scrapped the idea they’d been working on for weeks and came up with something entirely new.

“No one could quite believe what they were seeing or hearing. Getting to the final is a massive achievement but this last-ditch attempt was frankly embarrassing.”

The Apprentice 2011 final airs tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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