The Apprentice 2019: Meet the 16 contestants

A 'cut-throat' teen librarian, a 'pocket-rocket' baker and a Venezuelan ex-model are among the 16 candidates taking part in the new series of The Apprentice.  

This year’s line-up of contestants on the BBC One show includes eight women and eight men from a wide variety of business backgrounds, including risk management, , bedding, recruitment and desserts.   

They will be competing to win a life-changing £250,000 investment for their business, and the chance to have Lord Sugar as their business partner. 

The Apprentice 2019: 1 - Jemelin, 34, network management consultant, 2-Iasha,  27,  Account manager, 3-Shahin, 36, Chartered engineer, 4- Ryan-Mark, 19, luxury womenswear consultant, 5- Marianne, 36, risk management consultancy owner, 6 - Kenna, 24, ice cream company owner, 7- Lewis, 28, Digital marketing project manager, 8- Thomas, 28, pillow company owner, 9- Carina, 30, artisan bakery owner, 10 - Pamela, 29, beauty brand owner, 11- Riyonn,  30, events manager, 12 - Lubna, 33, finance manager, 13 - Lottie, 19, librarian, 14, Dean, 20, sports management agency owner, 15- Souleyman, 20, para Athlete and motivational speaker, 16 - Scarlett, 32,  recruitment company owner

The Apprentice 2019: 1 - Jemelin, 34, network management consultant, 2-Iasha,  27,  Account manager, 3-Shahin, 36, Chartered engineer, 4- Ryan-Mark, 19, luxury womenswear consultant, 5- Marianne, 36, risk management consultancy owner, 6 - Kenna, 24, ice cream company owner, 7- Lewis, 28, Digital marketing project manager, 8- Thomas, 28, pillow company owner, 9- Carina, 30, artisan bakery owner, 10 - Pamela, 29, brand owner, 11- Riyonn,  30, events manager, 12 - Lubna, 33, finance manager, 13 - Lottie, 19, librarian, 14, Dean, 20, sports management agency owner, 15- Souleyman, 20, para Athlete and motivational speaker, 16 - Scarlett, 32,  recruitment company owner

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Lord Sugar will once more be joined by trusted aides Karren Brady and Claude Littner, as the 16 hopefuls look to be crowned this year's Apprentice.

The hit BBC show is now in its 14th season, having began in 2005 as a groundbreaking show which featured some of the country's best young business minds hoping to secure a job with the then Sir Alan.

However the programme has slowly turned into a more reality TV-inspired fare, with big personalities gloating irreverently about their skills in business.

This year's series sees two teenagers among the latest crop of hopefuls, with  Lottie Lion and Ryan-Mark Parsons the youngest candidates at age 19.

MEET THE CONTESTANTS: THE GIRLS 

Lubna Farhan    

Age: 33

Occupation: Finance manager

Lives: Luton

Key information: Lubna, a mother of two, reveals that good role models were lacking in her life so she decided to become her own. She enjoyed studying and focused on educating herself first, which gave her the confidence to pursue her dreams and aspirations. Now, she believes she 'has the whole package', book smarts and street smarts, and describes herself as 'a dark horse'.

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She says: 'I came from a council estate… I have made myself into something good and I'm on my way to becoming something great' 

Jemelin Artigas   

Age: 34

Occupation: Network marketing consultant

Lives: South East London

Key information: Jemelin considers resilience to be one of her best personal qualities, having come from a humble background in Venezuela. She describes herself as competitive and fearless in business, stating she is '1000% committed' to winning every task. However, she also warns that she can also be 'next-level stubborn' and likes things done her way.

She says: 'I never have problems, I only have solutions.'

 

Iasha Masood

Age: 27

Occupation: Account manager

Lives: Manchester

Key information: Iasha believes her 'crazy, controversial, eccentric personality' will make her stand out, considering herself to be 'the star that shines the brightest'. She says her 'natural persona' will be enough to win the process. Iasha hopes that the other Candidates will underestimate her, she aims to keep her 'enemies' close to her; saying 'I can read people just by looking at their body language, they won't realise it until it's too late – and checkmate'.

She says: 'I'm one fierce businesswoman with both sass and class'

 

Marianne Rawlins   

Age: 36

Occupation: Owner, risk management consultancy

Lives: Stamford, Lincolnshire

Key information: Marianne moved from the US to the UK in 2017 and sees conflict management as one of her strongest skills. She admits that she doesn't have a filter and may need to 'dial down her American-ness' and take a step back, as she says she can be too direct.

She says: 'I'm definitely the epitome of 'don't judge a book by its cover' because what you see is not what you get.'

 

Lottie Lion   

Age: 19

Occupation: Librarian

Lives: Somerset

Key information: Lottie says she is 'very cut throat' and insists that she is no push over. She believes her poise and her 'powers of persuasion' are her greatest business qualities, noting that people with bad manners anger her and that she gets frustrated when things don't adhere to her high standards.

She says: 'I bring 'class' to everything and ensure nothing I do is half-standard or tacky.'

 

Scarlett Allen-Horton   

Age: 32

Occupation: Owner, recruitment company

Lives: West Midlands

Key information: Throughout her successful career in recruitment, Scarlett has found her upbeat personality to be a strong asset in winning a business deal, claiming that 'people will often buy into her as a person'. Although she considers herself to be a 'very good problem solver' she also admits to struggling to accept help from others, acknowledging she often overestimates her workload. Scarlett plans to apply the same tactic she uses in all aspects of her life; 'working the hardest and the smartest to be the best'.

She says: 'I am an achiever. I have been the highest performer across every workplace I have worked within.'

 

Carina Lepore 

Age: 30

Occupation: Owner, artisan bakery

Lives: South London

Key information: Carina says she is a natural leader and that people latch onto her to benefit from the influence she carries. She believes it's 'written in the stars' that she'll be Lord Sugar's next Apprentice, warning that the other candidates shouldn't underestimate her because of her South London accent as she knows how to 'put on a suit and be the full package'.

She says: 'I'm about 5 foot 1 inch tall - I'm like a pocket rocket, you don't really want to mess with me.'

 

Pamela Laird   

Age: 29

Occupation: Owner, brand

Lives: Dublin, Ireland

Key information: Pamela attributes the success of her company to her 'entrepreneurial gene'. She describes herself as feisty and passionate with a charismatic personality, which enables her to excel in sales. Pamela acknowledges she can be impatient and demanding and often finds it difficult to delegate tasks.

She says: 'I love to be the under-estimated person in the room.'

 

 

Somerset-born Lottie insists she is very cut-throat when it comes to business, believing her poise and her 'powers of persuasion' are her greatest business qualities.

She says: 'I bring 'class' to everything and ensure nothing I do is half-standard or tacky.'

While luxury womenswear consultant Ryan boasts: 'I am the epitome of luxury', claims he is 'a 60-year-old trapped in a teenager's body' and says Queen Elizabeth II is his role model, because of her 'no-nonsense persona'. 

Bikini babe: Jemelin is no stranger to showing off her honed curves on social media

Bikini babe: Jemelin is no stranger to showing off her honed curves on social media

Bikini babe: Jemelin is no stranger to showing off her honed curves on social media 

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