The Apprentice – Some Little Bits Of Gossip
Channel Nine would not have been happy with the ratings of their much hyped new show The Appprentice on Tuesday, as it did not even reach the 700,000 mark. But hopefully they won’t panic. As it was good, and even though it was a 90 minute episode it did not drag.
However one of the reasons the rating may have been down was that people are reluctant to commit to a 90 minute episode at 9.30pm at night. Anyway Australia has a new villain in Carmen Parnos, the 44 year old failed entrepreneur, and that is why even though she totally fucked up the challenge for the girls team she got to stay.
There has also been a rumour about a romance in the The Apprentice house, with Carmen blabbing about a pair that were getting on to the Herald Sun. However I cannot seem to find the article online, so if anyone knows of a link that would be great. I was a bit surprised by the female’s name, and have completely forgotten which of the guys it was meant to be. So if anyone has a hard copy of the Herald Sun from earlier this week can they scan and email me the article?
Also The Apprentice contestant Lynton Pipkorn marketing guru (not the one with the mega biceps) has written an article for Mumbrella about his experience on the show and what the production was like.
Also it has been revealed that Carmen Parnos and Amy Cato knew each other prior to the show. Carmen “mentored” Amy, and it may explain why Carmen chose Amy to go to the pitching interviews. However if you read this post on Anthill Online it would appear Amy was a bit underwhelmed about Carmen’s advice.
Some of Carmen’s advice:
The things that stood out the most to me were that Amy seems to have a transactional mentality, which is distracting her from chipping away at the bigger picture, and she should keep her work and life separate on social networking sites.
After two and a half hours together and getting to know Amy better, my recommendations included that she stop selling to potential clients. Instead, Amy should take time to build the relationships first, find out what’s “˜hurting them’ and then offer a solution.
And Amy’s response:
Carmen’s advice was expectantly critical but constructive. I don’t agree about being “˜transactional’ – it’s a dirty word at Cato & Hall. The fact that she mentioned it is a great motivator to see how I am perceived. I agree wholeheartedly with Carmen’s last piece of advice on getting a mentor and am pleased that she will be mine.
Why Carmen would be such a great mentor is beyond me, what type of businesses has she run. Apparently for the last three years, she has been focusing on her business “˜Super Leaders’ Australia, which is a hub of information for up-and-coming leaders. Seriously, what does that mean seems a bit wanky to me – no wonder she lost the house.