We’re so back! The week one power ranking of The Apprentice 2024 candidates

The girls made fishcake crumble and WON? A great series lies ahead


The only thing I look forward to more than the return of The Apprentice is the return of me getting to do my annual weekly power ranking, once again back with a vengeance in 2024. Nothing brings me more joy than watching a bunch of bumbling business wannabe candidates crashing and burning to the most impossible and set-up-to-fail takes Sugar and co can muster up. Come on this show with business dreams of luxury jewellery flogging have you? Well, off you go and cook some food and then we’ll decide if you can get an investment! Everyone flopped this week, as per – which has made doing The Apprentice 2024 power ranking week one a joy. Lets’s get into it, then.

18. Asif

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Do you know how embarrassing you have to have been to not get fired but still come bottom of the power ranking? What a mess. What. A. Mess. At least Asif can have peace of mind that he’ll go down in history as the candidate who prematurely clapped when he lost. An absolute nightmare.

17. Oliver

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He turned up, he did nothing, he didn’t know what ‘tbspn’ meant, he went home.

16. Virdi

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Is Virdi a DJ, guys? I missed it. He never mentioned it I don’t think. Does he DJ? Verdict’s out.

15. Steve

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Steve nearly went home last night. But most importantly, Steve has Darken as his surname. Steve Darken. He must stay in this process so I can make Darken puns until I’ve run out, and then he can be fired.

14. Tre

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Seems a bit of a knob if I’m brutally honest, but did think it was funny how seething he got in the boardroom and how he and Virdi were having some competitive, DJ-off despite the fact they were literally on the same team.

13. Flo

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“Anyone noticed anything different about this river that they might not have seen before? No? It’s a bit brown!” Iconically shite line from Flo.

12. Rachel

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“Anyone noticed anything different about this river that they might not have seen before? No? It’s a bit brown!” Iconically shite line from Flo.

12. Rachel

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Don’t think he did anything but moan and look handsome. And I lapped it up!

10. Maura

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Jury’s out here but I believe a potential queen looms. Stay tuned.

9. Amina

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I feel like this queenie means BUSINESS. Not much to go on yet but I’m seated and ready for her to gobble.

8. Dr Paul

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There are two Pauls in the process – Pie Paul and Dr Paul. Dr Paul seems like a sensitive fella and he came across well enough in a disastrous team, but his teeth stole the show. Can tell he’s a cosmetic dentist, let’s just say that.

7. Raj

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I predict Raj was going to have a Loose Women energy. I was wrong, but on the right lines: She actually has a This Morning debate energy. Did you see the way she came into that boardroom on FUMES? I need to see her debate Tina Malone about something minor on morning TV as a matter of urgency.

6. Onyeka

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The girls’ project manager barely lead them to a victory, but it was very camp that she chose the water activity that she could sit out of because she can’t swim. Work smart, not hard.

5. Phil Pies

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One of two pies. Phil Pies, we’ll call him. Southern pies. Came across very well albeit potentially a bit boring. Lord Sugar was gobbling his vibes up like a pie I’ll tell you that for free. Will be around for a while I reckon, and considering he is quite frankly very sexy I am not complaining.

4. Paul Pies

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Northern charm, pie making pizazz and a general air of likability – I’m sat. We wish him well.

3. Foluso

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Reaches top three of The Apprentice power ranking 2024 week one purely for the iconic line that was “It’s NOT local cream! Tesco x.”

2. Sam

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I love how wheeler dealer she seems. The female incarnation of Thomas Skinner we all needed. BOSH!

1. Noor

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An absolute no-nonsense Scouse queen who takes no shit and seems like she has her head fully screwed on? Of COURSE she’s my winner. Pride of place on top of The Apprentice 2024 week one power ranking.

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