Stubbington’s Ricky survives first episode of The Apprentice

STILL IN - JUST Ricky Martin
STILL IN - JUST Ricky Martin
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HE WAS suited, booted but was also very muted in the new series of The Apprentice.

Business wannabe Ricky Martin delivered his famous line, describing himself as the ‘reflection of perfection’, during the opening scenes of the first episode.

But other than that it was a quiet affair for the 26-year-old from Stubbington, who works as a recruitment team leader at Whiteley firm Matchtech Group.

Thousands of people tuned in to BBC1 show, which each week sees multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Alan Sugar set business tasks to the candidates.

The group who fail the task are brought back into the boardroom where they thrash out who should be fired.

The prize would see Lord Sugar invest £250,000 into the winner’s business idea and become their partner in the venture.

In the opening week it was boys against girls and the first task was to make a profit in the print business.

And although the girls team – Stirling – came up with original animal sketches to put on T-shirts and jigsaws, it was the boys team Phoenix that rose to the top.

Stirling was hauled back into the boardroom after only making a profit of £214.80.

First to get the Apprentice boot was Bilyana Apostolova.

The 25-year-old, originally from Bulgaria, was brought before Lord Sugar to battle in out in the boardroom with Katie Wright and team leader Gabrielle Omar.

Bilyana ended up getting fired for repeatedly interrupting Lord Sugar to defend herself.

Speaking after the show, she said: ‘Having seen the episode I don’t feel embarrassed. I didn’t make a major mistake. I left there while holding my head up high.

‘I am disappointed that I left so early on but I’m not embarrassed.’

Lord Sugar is now left with 15 candidates to whittle down with the help of advisors Nick Hewer and Karen Brady.

Next week the candidates will be designing bathroom and kitchen products.

Click here for a blog from the first episode.