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The Apprentice 2017 odds – James AND Sarah get the £250k

James and Sarah were in the Apprentice final and Lord Sugar decided to invest in both of them!

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UPDATE 18.12.17
We’re never big fans of The Apprentice final, with this episode lacking the sparks and chaos that accompany previous shows. Sarah and James both presented good business ideas to Lord Sugar and industry professionals which left Alan with a difficult decision. We all know that you have to make tough decisions in hard times (Brexit as Sir Alan said in episode one) although Sugar was feeling Christmassy enough to dish out £500k split into two equal parts.

So we have joint-winners for the first time. Lord Sugar is “a gambler” in his words although it’s hardly a punt on either of these businesses which look set to make money. James will be under the wing of Ricky Martin, while Sarah’s sweets business looks like a well-run ship already which simply needs to be made more profitable.

We identified Sarah as a front runner from an early stage, while James was the only boy that had any real chance of winning and we look forward to the next series to see if there are a better calibre of male candidates.

UPDATE 13.12.17
Well that was an exciting interview stage! As expected, Elizabeth was turfed out after entertaining for several weeks due to the fact that she runs three flower shops. As for Joanna, it was all too much, too soon for someone who is likely to be successful in business.

Lord Sugar then toyed with the remaining three candidates and none of their business ideas seemed particularly attractive, although you’d go on Dragon’s Den if you had a cast-iron business idea and plan.

Michaela was just too pie in the sky in the end, with James now favourite to get the £250,000 investment, especially as Sarah doesn’t seem to have a unique business proposition and couldn’t arrange the building of a simple e-commerce platform.

Next week, we’ll get the misfits back as they suck up to their leading man / lady and then the whole thing will be over for another year.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
James White 4/6
Sarah Lynn 11/8

UPDATE 12.12.17
So we’ve reached the interview stage of The Apprentice 2017, with four ladies and one gentleman remaining from a starting number of eighteen candidates.

In fairness, we haven’t seen a lot of quality shed along the way and Lord Sugar had already earmarked Sarah and James as potential winners, while Elizabeth has been TV gold and the likes of Michaela and Joanna have proved their worth.

This is the part of the series when Claude stops making notes and becomes a bulldog behind a desk, while Lord Sugar has lots of other people interrogating the candidates.

We’re working on the basis that James is final-bound but who joins him is another matter, with Elizabeth likely to be put out of her misery after serving her purpose. Perhaps Sarah is the most likely candidate, although she has been skulking in the background recently.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
James White 13/8
Michaela Wain 11/2
Sarah Lynn 6/1
Joanna Jarjue 12/1
Elizabeth McKenna 16/1

UPDATE 08.12.17
It was the last “task” of The Apprentice 2017, with Jade railroaded into being a project manager and then left brutally exposed in the boardroom thanks to underhand tactics from Sarah. She was the only one from her team to escape this week, while Michaela somehow managed to make Elizabeth look nice.

Michaela is a flat-track bully who has made sexist comments throughout and her aggressive attempt at selling clothes was cringeworthy. Nevertheless, one suspects that she will have a reasonably solid business idea, although James appears to hold the aces and has acquitted himself well throughout the various tasks.

Sarah probably has a solid business idea but she’s more a safe pair of hands than an entrepreneur prepared to take risks, while Joanna has done remarkably well to reach the final despite being underestimated. Elizabeth can’t win, can she? She is sure to rattle the cage of a few interviewees and we think her staying in the competition is a deliberate ratings ploy.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
James White 13/8
Michaela Wain 11/2
Sarah Lynn 6/1
Joanna Jarjue 12/1
Elizabeth McKenna 16/1

UPDATE 07.12.17
We’ve just seen a couple of trailers for this week’s Apprentice, with seven candidates remaining for the chance to become Lord Sugar’s business partner.

It appears that Michaela, Elizabeth, James and Joanna form one team, while Sarah, Jade and Harrison are on the other.

It also appears that Michaela and Elizabeth get up close and personal with the male models as part of the Fashion Show task. We’ve had issues in the past with Michaela’s derogatory comments towards men, with her and Elizabeth treating the models like pieces of meat for this task. Interesting to see the comments should female models be measured up in the same way!

Anyhow, it appears that Sarah is going backwards and swerving responsibility on the project management side of things has been noted. Meanwhile, James is now the favourite to win the show and he’s probably a good business idea away from winning the thing. Let’s face it, we’re all waiting for the interview stage where Elizabeth is going to go head-to-head with Lord Sugar’s right-hand men and women.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
James White 13/8
Michaela Wain 11/2
Sarah Lynn 6/1
Joanna Jarjue 12/1
Elizabeth McKenna 16/1

UPDATE 30.11.17
Bushra wasn’t the most annoying of this season’s Apprentice although she was definitely the most delusional. Apparently she was a “big threat” to Sarah despite her largely negative slant on pretty much everything and it was a relief to see her given the heave-ho this week.

It is clear that Elizabeth will be kept in for the interview stage – that has been apparent for a long time. However, she’s an unlikely winner and it will probably be either Sarah or James.

Lord Sugar clearly likes James who seems to be unflappable despite having to work with Elizabeth for the past couple of weeks. If he has a decent business idea, he might edge out Sarah or even Michaela in the final.

Jade is a bit like Harrison in terms of being a thicko. However, while Harrison is aware of his limitations, Jade is not. Her treatment of Joanna was despicable in this task, although Joanna does seen to play the victim card pretty well.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 4/1
James White 9/2
Elizabeth McKenna 9/1
Jade English 12/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Harrison Jones 20/1
Joanna Jarjue 25/1

UPDATE 28.11.17
Borough Market is the destination for the teams this week, with eight remaining and the task is called Food Boxes. This sounds a bit Harvest Festival-like although the teams actually have to create a brand new recipe kit. There’s a branding team and a product team who need to combine and create some tasty food.

It appears that Harrison and Michaela aren’t that good in the kitchen and their healthy chicken curry looks remarkably like a normal chicken curry. Meanwhile, Elizabeth wants to dominate James in the kitchen which leads to the obvious friction.

We think that Harrison could be vulnerable this week, along with Bushra. Joanna seems to have played her way out of trouble but she continues to be argumentative and could be the one to go.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 12/5
Jade English 6/1
James White 7/1
Elizabeth McKenna 9/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 18/1
Harrison Jones 20/1
Joanna Jarjue 25/1

UPDATE 23.11.17
The first ever series of The Apprentice started with a similar number of candidates to the one we have in the latest series, with the first few weeks involving Lord Sugar firing people who were never going to be considered as a potential business partner.

Now we get down to the nitty gritty and there are eight candidates left following a (not at all) shocking boardroom bloodbath which rightly saw Charles, Andrew and Anisa go in quick succession.

Sarah isn’t quite the nailed-on jolly we thought she might be. Competent yes, although she could have some stiff competition and now lacks dynamism compared to a Jade or a James. James is the only decent male candidate in the entire show, with Harrison potentially next in the firing line although Joanna has also had enough bad weeks for it to count against her.

Elizabeth continues to deliver ratings and she looks set for the interview stage but can Lord Sugar really go into business with the feisty florist?

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 12/5
Jade English 6/1
James White 7/1
Elizabeth McKenna 9/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 18/1
Harrison Jones 20/1
Joanna Jarjue 25/1

UPDATE 22.11.17
Charles looks like he could be in the firing line for Doggy Business which starts with the obligatory in-no-way-staged appearance of Lord Sugar at the candidate’s house. It’s really funny how he is sometimes “on urgent business” and yet always finds time to pay an early morning call to see everyone in their pyjamas.

This week’s task involves working with small children and animals, two things you should apparently never work with. Charles looks like he finally gets his wish to be Project Manager and he’s therefore in with a strong chance of getting the axe.

Anisa also seems to be doing her best to be completely inept as the dead wood continues to be tossed into the canal. We’re likely to end up with a final four or five which include Sarah and Jade, although we’re hoping Elizabeth is kept for the interviews and Lord Sugar is probably aware of her TV appeal.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/10
Jade English 6/1
James White 9/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Elizabeth McKenna 16/1
Bushra Shaikh 18/1
Anisa Topan 20/1
Harrison Jones 20/1
Andrew Brady 25/1
Joanna Jarjue 50/1
Charles Burns 80/1

UPDATE 20.11.17
Sajan seemed like a popular member of the Apprentice group although he was about as useful as a chocolate teapot throughout the various tasks and rightly got sacked after the car task. He loved the idea of being creative without really illustrating this, although we also had the knives out for Joanna who is a real snake in the grass.

Surprisingly, Elizabeth was brought back into the boardroom despite James not selecting her and it was the first time Lord Sugar has done this. Clearly she will be kept in as she makes good television and there must be a temptation to keep her for the interview round now.

Anita got unnecessary stick for speaking honestly about the faults of the ad campaign, while Lancashire trio Michaela, Jade and Andrew worked well on their tasks.

Sarah remains the outstanding candidate and we hope she has a business plan that stands up to the scrutiny of Lord Sugar.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/10
Jade English 6/1
James White 9/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 18/1
Anisa Topan 20/1
Harrison Jones 20/1
Andrew Brady 25/1
Joanna Jarjue 66/1
Charles Burns 80/1
Elizabeth McKenna 100/1

UPDATE 15.11.17
Let’s get ready to rumble! We’ve seen a few snippets of tonight’s show and it shouldn’t disappoint. Project manager James and his team accidentally arrive at a pretend Norman fort rather than a typical English village as they aim to create a car advertising campaign.

Meanwhile, Andrew is put into his box / car by Jade and Michaela as they get power hungry over filming the advert. Maybe it’s a good thing as it prevents Andrew from acting like a complete dick and trying to rag the car around a housing estate.

Charles is absent from the tasters but Lord Sugar is losing his patience with someone who can’t buy a project manager position and perhaps it’s his tme to go.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/10
Jade English 6/1
James White 9/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 18/1
Anisa Topan 20/1
Harrison Jones 20/1
Andrew Brady 25/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 33/1
Charles Burns 50/1
Elizabeth McKenna 100/1

UPDATE 13.11.17
Wednesday night’s episode of The Apprentice didn’t disappoint, with the extra treat of Elizabeth being project manager. She actually did a half-decent job of keeping things in check although she’s still 1000/1 to win the show this year.

No big surprise to see Sarah-Jayne go. Here’s the deal: Lord Sugar made the teams imbalanced so he could pick off someone from that team and losing a girl keeps the gender balance too. She probably wasn’t the worst performer in the group but Andrew is only second to Elizabeth in terms of making good television.

Ah Andrew! The resident LAD of the group who saw Bruges as an opportunity to “get on it” and “see you right”. Lord Sugar had to kindly remind him it was a business programme although the irony is that entertaining characters make it an entertainment show.

There are twelve candidates now remaining, with James shortening in the betting considering he performed really well in this task. Sarah remains the front-runner, with super seller Jade second and we think Michaela could still have a say in proceedings.

Next week, we think a Charles exit could be on the cards. Perhaps he will eventually get to be a project manager!

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/10
Jade English 7/1
James White 8/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 16/1
Anisa Topan 20/1
Harrison Jones 25/1
Andrew Brady 25/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 33/1
Charles Burns 50/1
Elizabeth McKenna 1000/1

UPDATE 08.11.17
There are thirteen candidates left on The Apprentice and this week’s challenge looks a bit tasty. The two teams head to Bruges where they have to create a tourist trail of the city and hope to make some money out of it.

Foreign country = tick
Absurd timeframe = tick
Elizabeth still in the show = tick

It all makes for an entertaining hour. Sarah will continue to shine irrespective of whose team she’s in, while there are few others that can hope to win this “process”. We’re just hoping Elizabeth can cling on for a few more weeks as the show will be poorer without her.

Free Bets website freebets.org say there has been a lot of each way support for James White in the last few days.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/10
Jade English 7/1
James White 8/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 16/1
Anisa Topan 20/1
Harrison Jones 25/1
Andrew Brady 25/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 33/1
Charles Burns 50/1
Elizabeth McKenna 1000/1

UPDATE 06.11.17
Yet another bloke was axed on The Apprentice this week, with Ross given his marching orders after a fairly insipid performance on the “find loads of random things in London task”. Ross was one of those candidates that was never really cut out for The Apprentice and Lord Sugar never takes too kindly to clever dicks who make out they are the “smartest people in the room”.

Sarah was on the losing team but was never going near the boardroom for the shakedown, with Joanna leading the girls to victory and she delivered a decent performance even if she struggles to raise a smile through the process.

We make Jade the most likely to push Sarah for the title, with Andrew looking the best bet out of the blokes, while Michaela could still play a part. As for Elizabeth, she actually makes for great TV and that is why she’s remaining for the Bruges task next week.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/10
Jade English 7/1
Andrew Brady 11/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 16/1
Charles Burns 20/1
Anisa Topan 20/1
James White 20/1
Harrison Jones 25/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 50/1
Sarah-Jayne Clark 100/1
Elizabeth McKenna 1000/1

UPDATE 25.10.17
Let’s face facts, there is Sarah in The Apprentice and then there are the other contenders. It was little surprise that the boys decided to draft her into their team and, hey presto, they won.

The Wembley task was a bit weird as the girls probably delivered the better box experience but made less money. Bushra produced an almighty cringe moment when delivering her Wembley facts, with Jade selling candy floss like hot cakes.

None of the boys appear capable of winning. Harrison hasn’t got much between his ears, while Andrew makes for good TV but he’s clearly a bit of a dick and James isn’t far behind him.

Joanna will be project manager next week and she could be doomed to failure. Elizabeth will continue to remain in the process while she entertains, while Sarah-Jayne could be next in line for the chop.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 11/8
Jade English 6/1
Harrison Jones 8/1
Anisa Topan 10/1
Andrew Brady 11/1
Michaela Wain 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 16/1
Charles Burns 20/1
James White 20/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Sarah-Jayne Clark 100/1
Joanna Jarjue 200/1
Elizabeth McKenna 1000/1

UPDATE 19.10.17
The Apprentice 2017 continues to get rid of men quicker than Katie Price, with Elliot the latest to be axed after chatting a load of waffle and trying to pin the blame on anyone apart from himself.

The boys (and Michaela) did look as though they would win this robot task, although they managed to mess up with their poor storyboard. The girls were a typically disorganised mess and are clearly carrying passengers, although Siobhan and Elizabeth are neutralised by some serious talent and that includes Sarah who has been chiefly responsible for win after win after win.

Anisa also stood up well this week and looks capable of going a long way, while the boys seem like a rag-tag group although Andrew looks equipped to enjoy a long journey in “the process” and Harrison is probably going to be good for a few more weeks.

We even wouldn’t rule out Charles who escaped the axe in Week 1 and now seems one of the better male candidates in the show.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 2/1
Anisa Topan 4/1
Andrew Brady 8/1
Michaela Wain 17/2
Harrison Jones 11/1
Sarah-Jayne Clark 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 14/1
Charles Burns 16/1
Jade English 16/1
James White 20/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Ross Fretten 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 40/1
Siobhan Smith 200/1
Elizabeth McKenna 500/1

UPDATE 12.10.17
There are now sixteen candidates left in The Apprentice after Jeff was sacked following the hotel room task. He looked to be out of his depth on the burger task and seemed to have little idea as to the going rate of a hotel room, although he wasn’t the only hopeless performer in this task.

Elizabeth is a complete liability in the girls team and continues to clash with Siobhan, while Jade and Joanna were at each other’s throats too.

We’re starting to think there are only a handful of candidates that can win this year and we’re happy to go with Michaela as favourite. It appears that she is going to be in charge of the boys team for the third task and she has impressed thus far.

Sarah hasn’t really put a foot wrong and looks set to go a long way, while Harrison and Andrew look the pick of the boys. As for the remainder, we’re not sure we can see a winner from that little lot, although we haven’t seen a lot from Anisa or Sarah-Jayne yet, while perhaps Ross has a strong business idea which means Lord Sugar won’t be binning him just yet.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 2/1
Anisa Topan 4/1
Andrew Brady 8/1
Michaela Wain 17/2
Harrison Jones 11/1
Sarah-Jayne Clark 12/1
Bushra Shaikh 14/1
Charles Burns 16/1
Jade English 16/1
James White 20/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Ross Fretten 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 40/1
Siobhan Smith 200/1
Elizabeth McKenna 500/1

UPDATE 04.10.17
That was a rather hectic first episode of The Apprentice, as you might expect when you shoehorn eighteen candidates into “the process”. Danny Grant seemed like a nice fella although putting yourself forward for PM in Week 1 is akin to signing one’s own death warrant and so it proved.

Sarah Lynn was the other PM and she did bloody well considering the characters in her team. Such as Siobhan who is the mere definition of high maintenance, while florist Elizabeth was equally as bad and couldn’t make a decent burger if her life depended on it.

We were impressed with some of the candidates. Harrison talked himself out of being brought back to the boardroom, with Andrew also looking like he could go a long way. For the women, Michaela actually looks like she has her head screwed on, while Sarah Jayne and Jade did well to hover in the background before coming to the fore.

The next episode is called “Hotel Redesign” and this looks like a new Apprentice task, with the two teams briefed with decorating and marketing hotel rooms, presumably in London. It’s almost as if it was designed to be too difficult to succeed in…

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 10/1
Harrison Jones 11/1
Elliot Van Emden 12/1
Andrew Brady 12/1
Anisa Topan 14/1
Michaela Wain 14/1
Ross Fretten 14/1
Bushra Shaikh 16/1
Charles Burns 18/1
Elizabeth McKenna 18/1
Jade English 18/1
James White 20/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Sarah-Jayne Clark 33/1
Siobhan Smith 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 40/1

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The thirteenth series of The Apprentice returns to our screens this autumn, with Lord Sugar continuing to point the finger at desperate try-hards who aim to sell fruit, fish or flapjacks to unsuspecting members of the general public.

Some might say the format is a little tired these days and they would be right. However, will we be tuning in to watch the first episode on 4 October? You bet Lord Sugar’s bottom dollar!

There are eighteen candidates lining up this time around and we’ve had a little ganders on the BBC website to see what to make of them.

Charles is someone you might describe as a character, with the 23-year-old bigging himself up so much that you question why he’s bothering to seek out little Lord Sugar for a £250,000 hit when he could make that in, what, a day?

Joanna Jarjue claims she has “resting bitch face” and likens herself to Beyonce (how original). Bushra seems more like an Apprentice winner but her insistence that she is “very good at selling” is clearly a phrase that will come back to haunt her.

Danny Grant is another comparison merchant and likens himself to Will Smith although he’s clearly there for entertainment value and our bookmaker favourite is Sarah Lynn who seems level-headed and very determined.

The first episode in the series is called “Burgers”. After several team meetings and some blue sky thinking, we think this might involve selling burgers (we could be on The Apprentice couldn’t we). The cliched rise before dawn will see the teams manufacture burgers and sell them to hungry Londoners who think nothing of spending £8 on a bread roll stuffed with a piece of cow.

One thing is certain, at least one person is gonna get fired in the boardroom.

The Apprentice 2017 odds
Sarah Lynn 10/1
Elliot Van Emden 12/1
Andrew Brady 12/1
Anisa Topan 14/1
Michaela Wain 14/1
Ross Fretten 14/1
Bushra Shaikh 16/1
Charles Burns 18/1
Elizabeth McKenna 18/1
Harrison Jones 18/1
Jade English 18/1
James White 20/1
Jeff Wan 33/1
Sajan Shah 33/1
Sarah-Jayne Clark 33/1
Siobhan Smith 33/1
Joanna Jarjue 40/1
Danny Grant 66/1

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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