Stubbington man to appear in The Apprentice

CANDIDATE Ricky Martin
CANDIDATE Ricky Martin
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HE boldly claims to be ‘the reflection of perfection’.

But Ricky Martin has some serious convincing to do if he is to become Lord Sugar’s latest Apprentice.

Ricky, 26, from Stubbington, is among 16 contestants vying for the top spot in the eighth series of the BBC show.

Multi-millionaire tycoon Lord Sugar will invest £250,000 into the winner’s business idea and become their partner in the venture.

Newly-engaged Ricky reckons he’s got what it takes.

By day, he is a recruitment team leader at Whiteley firm Matchtech Group PLC.

But the biochemistry graduate is a professional wrestler and amateur body builder in his spare time.

Lord Sugar will whittle the candidates down with the help of advisors Nick Hewer and Karen Brady during 12 tough tasks to crown the winner of The Apprentice 2012.

Challenges will include designing a new household gadget, opening a junk shop and creating a fitness DVD.

Opening the new series, Lord Sugar warned contestants: ‘This is not about a job any more and I’m not looking for a friend, if I wanted a friend I’d get a dog.

‘I’m looking for a partner, the Marks to my Spencer, the Lennon to my McCartney.

‘This is about me investing £250,000 into a business with one of you and I’m expecting you, as the so-called entrepreneurs, to make the money for me.

‘Some of you may come here with preconceived plans of how this is going to play out.

‘Let me give you a warning, don’t try and hide. We’re not playing Where’s Wally here.

‘I’m not looking for Lord Lucan, I’m looking for somebody who is going to put themselves forward and show me that they have got the aggression and business acumen to be my partner.’

It is not the first time Ricky has found fame on the small screen.

As previously reported, Ricky won BBC show Total Wipeout in Argentina in 2009.

Ricky, who is not allowed to speak to The News ahead of the series airing, beat competition from 20 contestants to scoop the £10,000 prize.

The Apprentice will be shown on BBC1 from March 21.

· Watch Ricky’s audition for The Apprentice