If I’m backing Ricky, then you know what’ll happen

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We’re roughly half-way through this series of The Apprentice and I’m completely stumped as to who will win. And I’m also stumped as to who I want to win.

They’re all a nice bunch of candidates, but none of them have particularly caught my eye this year. Not that I could offer them a job or any investment if they did win – I’m no multi-millionaire.

Nor do I have the entrepreneurial skills that Lord Sugar has. Which is maybe why each week I guess the completely incorrect outcome – whether that’s not getting the winning team, or predicting who’ll be fired. The only think I’m consistent at is being spectacularly wrong.

But surely I’m not the only one who sits there and thinks the other team should have won? I know, I know, it’s all down to the money, but more often than not the winning teams make unforgiveable mistakes, or plain stupid ones, or are so horrid to one another that they deserve to lose.

It frustrates me that they can win by the skin of their teeth, when they’ve performed so badly.

You know what else amazes me? The fact that the candidates haven’t been glued to previous series, picking up tips and learning about Lord Sugar’s foibles.

Take last week’s artist-oriented task. Anyone who has seen the show before will remember that artists picked their representation based on enthusiasm for their work. It’s not rocket science. Week after week costly mistakes could be avoided by simply watching re-runs from previous years.

And why is it that the candidates write such gut-wrenchingly awful claims on their CVs and applications? Don’t they know it’ll all come back to bite them on the proverbial? Haven’t they learned the technique of keeping their mouths shut?

This evening’s episode should be a cracker though. The task involves marketing English sparkling wine. Throw in a wine expert in Tom Gearing and a greengrocer in Adam Corbally and we’ll have a culture clash.

But neither of them strike me as winning talent, which leaves me rooting for Stubbington’s Ricky Martin. But if I’m supporting him, you just know what’s going to happen.