OMG! What an episode of The Apprentice last night!
This task looked like so much fun to do. I love property, and getting the opportunity to sell the most expensive apartments in London looks like a brilliant experience.
It's certainly getting heated at this stage of the process, it's dog eat dog, and it was clear that the pressure was taking it's toll on Scott...I felt for him during his cringey sales pitches.
Vana and Richard were a real dream team and totally bought into the vision of both high end developers.
They were classy, enthusiastic and complete professionals. I've still got such a good feeling about Vana, she's still my front runner.
I think Gary could be coming up on the outside. He's not shining the most, but he is consistent, and Lord Sugar named him 'Steady Eddy'.
Anyway, FINALLY, Selina was given the boot. It really takes a lot to irritate me, but she has done an excellent job of that over the last nine weeks.
Her constant negativity and lack of team playing was never going to see her go all the way.
And SHOCK, Scott fired himself! Some people would say that he was crazy to do so given that he was on the winning team and so far on in the process, but he was given such a hard time in the boardroom by Lord Sugar and he clearly felt it wasn't for him anymore...rather a noble thing to do I'd say.
The business lessons to take from this week's task were:
1. Take your time and listen to the customer, especially when you are asking them to part with a large amount of money, and don't just dive in too quickly, like Joseph did.
2. Be upbeat, positive and enthusiastic at all times (if Selina had tried this she may still be in the process).
3. It's OK to make your own decision and go your own way...you have to do what's right for you and your business (hats off to Scott for having the bottle to do this).