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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 09:13 GMT 10:13 UK
Apprentice duo do battle in final
Michelle Dewberry and Ruth Badger
Michelle Dewberry and Ruth Badger beat 12 others to the final
Two businesswomen will battle it out to be the victor of BBC Two's The Apprentice - with the promise of a 100,000 job for the winner.

Michelle Dewberry and Ruth Badger will have to prove their mettle to entrepreneur Sir Alan Sugar.

The finalists have beaten 12 other contestants to get to the final.

The pair will have to stage an event at London's Tower Bridge to impress Sir Alan, utilising the talents of their previous rival contestants.

Michelle Dewberry, 26, a former supermarket check-out worker who has risen to become an executive, is considered the quieter of the two finalists.

Ruth Badger, 27, a sales manager, has a more forthright approach in her management technique.

Sir Alan told BBC One's Breakfast: "These last two finalists have got different abilities. One is a bull in a china shop, the other is a very deep thinker.

Sir Alan Sugar in The Apprentice
Sir Alan Sugar has taken on the catchphrase "you're fired"

"You get all different types of people in business."

The Apprentice began in the US where billionaire Donald Trump began his catchphrase "you're fired" to kick contestants off the show.

Sir Alan, head of computer firm Amstrad and a former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur football club, adopted the catchphrase for his stint as host of the show.

The first UK series was won by Tim Campbell, who is still working for Sir Alan.

He admits it is hard choosing the best candidates.

"It's very difficult to make an assessment at first impressions. I've learnt over the years that you don't make assessments on meeting people for the first time," he said.

"It took quite a while to start to understand who was the cream of the crop. The whole process is to put them to the test and to see how well they stand up.

"But you know it is difficult to make an assessment initially when you first see them because the first time I see the 14 people is virtually the same time as you see them on the television."




VOTE RESULTS
Who should win The Apprentice?
Ruth Badger
 34.96% 
Michelle Dewberry
 65.04% 
24119 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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