Last night, 17 year old maths genius, Arjun Rajyagor was named Lord Sugar’s first Junior Apprentice. He walked away with £25,000 worth of pocket money that he will have to dedicate to his studies or to the launch of his business career.
The four remaining candidates, split into two teams, had to create and market their own brand of bottled water. Both pairs had to come up with a name, bottle design and TV advert.
The first team, Kirsty and Zoe decided to target their bottle of water to teenagers. They called it ’Drip Drop’ and had a bright yellow colored bottle to attract the teen market. Tim and Arjun instead went for simplicity, naming their brand ‘A Bottle of Water’.
Unsuccessful candidates from the series joined the finalists in order to help them out – recreating the same sort of finals as the old Apprentice serie.
Then came the final boardroom scene. It was certainly full of suspense and nail-biting tension. Lord Sugar firstly praised all of the young apprentices as millions of viewers discovered his unseen soft side.
“The presentations that both teams put on were absolutely incredible. You are an inspiration.”
Yet he did tell Kirsty and Zoe their Drip Drop advert ”looked like a mugging on a council estate”. On the other hand he told the two boys that:
“The bottle of water was very simple, very defined and quite clearly I understood the concept. The marketing idea didn’t quite come off that well, the pitch wasn’t that great but the professionals were very, very, very impressed.”
In the end, the two girls Kirsty and Zoe did lose the task, which meant they were eliminated and not able to win the competiton.
We were therefore left with the Tim, the sheep herder and Arjun the, the calculator.
Yet after arguing their case, after persuading Sugar why they should win it, Lord made a decision. He praised both boys endlessly, but the little maths genius, Arjun was chosen as the winner.
All in all, everyone will say that the juniors were suprisingly better than the seniors. They made more money and were far more impressive. And yes, Lord Sugar would aggree:
“I was so impressed with all of the candidates – they were outstanding for their age.”
The winner, brainbox Arjun described his win as “mind-blowing”. He has received an offer to study Engineering Science at Oxford University. His £25,000 prize will be controlled by Sugar and given out to him when the time comes. Lord Sugar added:
“I know that Arjun is going to become the best at whatever he wants to do and I will be here for support all the way.”