BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2007, 05:50 GMT 06:50 UK
Sugar picks Apprentice finalists
Simon Armitage and Kristina Grimes
Simon and Kristina have survived the whole series
Sir Alan Sugar has selected Simon Ambrose and Kristina Grimes as the finalists who will battle it out to win The Apprentice.

In a dramatic twist, Katie Hopkins was picked first, but quit when she decided she was not sure she wanted to move her family to London.

Tre Azam and Lohit Kalburgi were also axed during the semi-final.

Simon and Kristina will compete in the final on Wednesday to win a 100,000-a-year job with Sir Alan.

When Sir Alan questioned 31-year-old Katie about her suitability for the role, she promised to move her young children from Exeter to London.

Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins became the first candidate to step down
But when pressed on the issue, she said she would have to phone her parents, who had been looking after her two children.

In his trademark curt manner, Sir Alan replied: "I haven't got time to wait for you to make a phone call."

She then made the decision to quit, saying: "I don't want to make a fool of you or me. I think it's more important to get the courtesy to have my plans in place, so I'll have to stand down."

Instead of the usual weekly task, all five remaining candidates were grilled in a series of interviews with three of Sir Alan's business associates.

They then all faced Sir Alan and his advisors Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford in the boardroom to learn their fates.

Sir Alan Sugar with The Apprentice contenders
Sir Alan has narrowed the field down from 16 to two
Cambridge graduate Simon, 27, and pharmaceutical manager Kristina, 36, a mother of one, did the most to impress and move closer to landing the much-coveted job with the founder of the Amstrad company.

But there was disappointment for Tre, who was told by Sir Alan: "You've got something but my colleagues find you argumentative and difficult. You need to grow up more. With regret, you're fired."

Lohit, who was first to be fired on the penultimate show, went on to tip Simon as the winner but admitted he was angry his rival had made it further than he had.

"To give Simon his due, he is super-duper intelligent, really personable, and a fun guy who you would like to have a drink with," he said.

"But if you look at his actual career and business skills, he just doesn't have it. Tre and I carried him through so many tasks.

"I think that if Katie hadn't resigned, it would definitely have been her and Kristina in the final."

First Apprentice winner quits job
21 Mar 07 |  Entertainment
Back in Apprentice's firing line
20 Mar 07 |  Entertainment
Apprentice loser gets own TV show
16 Aug 06 |  Entertainment
Ex-cashier wins TV's Apprentice
10 May 06 |  Entertainment


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific