June 14, 2007

The Apprentice: Season Four Guide

Following last night’s surprise winner of The Apprentice, I thought I’d present my guide to the next season of the show so as to avoid disappointment when it comes around.

1) If Sir Alan nods his head, gives a thumbs up, or an ‘ok’ signal to a contestant at a vital moment, that contestant will lose.

2) If a contestant makes themselves look like a complete fool, that contestant will win.

It doesn’t matter who looked like the better contestant last night. The editing will have made the other look better, so Sir Alan’s decision came as a big shock. If you watched the “You’re Hired” show afterwards, you’ll have seen the bit of Simon’s speech which made him look composed and clever. Funnily enough we didn’t see that in the main show.

It’s called TV editing, and it’s my simple two-part guide to the next – and every – series of The Apprentice. Watch Series 3 all over again and you’ll see how right I am.

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    I thought that Simon looked excellent in the final task on the actual show, not sure why you thought it was edited not to look like that. Of course, I knew when they went into the boardroom who he was gonna hire because they showed him pointing to the left at the end of last week’s ep (sigh), thanks Beeb.

    14 Jun 2007, 10:24

  2. Hehe yeah, I noticed that too. The dullards.

    Sir Alan gave lots of approving nods to Kristina’s speech, but only smirked at Simon’s.

    14 Jun 2007, 10:34

  3. Commissar

    Someone once described the apprentice to me as “one tw*t telling 15 other tw*ts that they are tw*ts”

    14 Jun 2007, 10:39

  4. Mathew Mannion

    Sir Alan gave lots of approving nods to Kristina’s speech, but only smirked at Simon’s.

    That’s not how I saw it – he seemed to be nodding pretty approvingly at both, particularly at Simon’s team’s design. I thought Simon answered the questions from the floor well and deserved to win.

    14 Jun 2007, 10:59

  5. Luckily I forgot which way he pointed at the end of last week’s show, so I wasn’t too upset. I thought they both fared pretty well this time round.
    But yes, editing. Charlie Brooker did an interesting episode of ScreenWipe, where he amusingly demonstrated how easy it is to change the message of a situation:

    14 Jun 2007, 14:26

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