The Apprentice – The Contestants Revealed
When I wrote a previous blog about The Apprentice being an attractive option for the unemployed I had only been joking.
But apparently my prophecy is true there are quite a few unemployed people on the show. I wonder if being/applying for a reality TV show meets the Newstart allowance job search criteria?
Anyway your saying who are the contestants – well thanks to TV Week we now know:
Amy Cat0 25 – The Wannabe PM
Ambitious Amy Cato has always had lofty aspirations. “At 15 I told John Howard I would be the next prime minister!” she tells TV Week. “It made national ABC news.” And while she’s not in office yet, Amy did start her own recruitment company at just 24, managing to keep the business afloat despite losing her backer in the financial crisis.
“I believe fortune favours the brave,” she says.
Andrew Morello 23- I was bedridden
The fast-talking realtor is a real livewire but Andrew Morello wasn’t always so energetic. Four years ago he was struck down with chronic fatigue syndrome following a bout of glandular fever. “There were mornings [when] I couldn’t move,” he reveals. “It was a physical and emotional battle that I thought wouldn’t end.”
Lynton Pipkorn – 30 – Aussie Battler
Being made redundant was far from the end of the world for Lynton Pipkorn who recently set up an online social networking site for property buyers. While the venture is the proudest achievement, he’s equally passionate about his girlfriend of four years, Simone, who he describes as “gorgeous, my best friend and the love of my life.”
Carmen Parnos – 44 – I Went Bankrupt
“There’s not a lot I can’t handle,” declares tenacious single mother of two Carmen Parnos – and she means it. Although she’s run her own businesses for tow decades and has even penned a book on leadership, Carmen went bankrupt last November.
“I lost our home, I lost everything,” she reveals. “For the first time, I just didn’t know where I fitted into the world.” But the resilient, divorced blonde is confident that she’ll always be fiercely independent – both in the business arena and in her personal life. “I’m not dating, ” she tells TV Week. “Not interested.”
Mary-Anne Lowe – 30 – I’ve lost 30 kg
Mary-Anne Lowe could have given contestants on a different reality show a run for their money after losing more than 30 kg recently following gastric band surgery. But for this business woman who runs a wedding reception centre, The Apprentice, was written in the stars.”I should have been in the US when the auditions were on but I ended up in hospital and saw [an ad],” she reveals. “Destiny bought me here.”
John Van Yzerloo – 44 – My year of hell
Life hasn’t been very kind to the father-of-three over the last 18 months – he lost his mother, his wife left him, and he was made redundant. But don’t expect any self- pity from the 44 year old engineer. John said he is ready to start “a new phase” and “not wallow in pity”. The family man also believes the toughest part of the challenge will be “coping with missing my kids.”
Heather Williams – 31 – I Almost Died
Don’t let this married mum of one’s bubbly demeanour fool you – she’s overcome some serious hardships in her life. When Heather Willams was 11, she battled a rare illness called Stevens-Johnson syndrome that saw her spend a month in hospital “clinging to life.”
“My family was told to say their goodbyes,” the 31 year old ad sales manager remembers. “Amazingly, that same night my fever finally broke.”
Sabrina Houssami – 23 – Beauty & Brains
It’s no surprise that this stunning Lebanese – Indian model was crowned Miss World Australia three years ago and has since been named Miss Asia Pacific. Proving she’s smart to boot she is also a member of Mensa and says her biggest challenge is “convincing every new person I meet that I’m not the stereotypical beauty queen.”
Angela “Jane” Barclay – 54- Older and Wiser?
She may be the oldest of the pack but she insists she’s far from over the hill. Having been made redundant after 35 years in the travel industry, Jane – as she prefers t be called – says: I believe I have an enormous amount to contribute and a lot to learn from the Gen-Y and Gen-X competitors.”
But don’t go thinking her advanced years means she’ll suffer fools – Jane reveals her biggest challenge will be “getting along with contestants who have little to offer.”
Gavin McInnes – 33 – The Alpha Male
He may not be big on emotion “I don’t get sad,” he tells TV Week – but this fiercely ambitious lawyer certainly isn’t lacking in the ego department. Gavin has said he’s achieved “every one of my respective goals in life” and boldly claims he can “talk the talk and walk the walk.” While his chiseled features have also seen him land a couple of TV ads, Gavin readily admits that riches mean more to him than fame. “Money is as important as breathing,” he says.
Sam Hooper – 19 – Dealing with OCD
The youngest competitor the law student is the first to admit that he has “the most to learn”, but he see this as a positive in the competition. “I feel that I can be moulded into the perfect Apprentice,” he insists. One obstacle that may prove too much for him, however is dealing with his obsessive- compulsive disorder while living with 11 other people. “I’m very particular about neatness,” Sam admits.
Blake Chandler – 28 – Family First
While he admits he’s highly driven to succeed the father of two is constantly strives for a healthy work-life balance and follows a wellbeing checklist to make sure he devotes enough time to his family.
“Shifting my priorities from focusing on myself to focusing on my children has been life-changing,” he reveals. And don’t be surprised if we see the customer service manager’s “beautiful, talented” wife pop up on a reality show of her own in the future – Blake says his other half “cooks like a master chef!”
Well the casting looks good, I must admit I am really looking forward to this show. It starts this Monday night on Channel Nine at 9.30pm.