Apprentice candidate Nick Showering says he’s never described himself as ‘funny’ and is shocked BBC viewers have likened him to a comedian, as he becomes the eighth firing of the boardroom.
However, the finance manager, 31, insisted it’s not just clever editing that has led audiences to believe he’s been acting as an undercover mole during his series, because the scenes shown have been an accurate portrayal of his personality.
The entrepreneur from London, who was sacked by Lord Sugar on Thursday’s episode, claimed his biggest regret of the process was having a terrible haircut a day before filming, which he described as ‘not good prep’ before going on TV.
‘I don’t get it’: Apprentice candidate Nick Showering says he’s never described himself as a ‘funny person’ and is shocked BBC viewers have likened him to a comedian
Nick told MailOnline: ‘It’s definitely a shock. I would never describe myself as a funny person.
‘I remember during the application process you talk about yourself, and I said I’m not that funny but I’m quite fun like I’m fun to be around, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a funny person.
‘To be honest I don’t get it, but people seem to have enjoyed watching, which has been quite nice to know. I’m taking it as a compliment.
‘It’s always a concern, when you go on something like this… it’s like how am I going to then be shown and how accurate is it?
‘But I have been really impressed with the storyline. It is dead on, and the way people come across is really accurate, what you have seen of me is me.’
‘I’m taking it as a compliment’: Nick insisted it’s not just clever editing that has led audiences to believe he’s been acting as a mole, because the scenes shown have been an accurate portrayal of his personality
The Apprentice candidates were tasked this week with laying on a racing-themed corporate away day at Silverstone.
But Nick, who previously tickled viewers with his Theresa May inspired dancing and lacklustre tour of Wales, was accused of not taking Lord Sugar’s instruction seriously and ended up wasting time while joking about with co-star Akshay Thakrar.
Frustrated by their incompetence, Lord Sugar summoned all four candidates in the losing team to the boardroom, including Akshay, 28, making it his fifth time in the firing line, as well as Kathryn Louise Burn, 29, and Stephanie Affleck, 28.
Nick admitted: ‘I was on pretty thin ice after last week’s electric driverless vehicle task because I almost fell victim to the double firing but he said ‘go back to the house’ so I knew if I lost the task at Silverstone that I was in huge trouble.
‘I had the lunch situation go down where we were having a bit too much fun in there and we lost track of time and I was leading that.’
Challenge: The Apprentice candidates were tasked this week with laying on a racing-themed corporate away day at Silverstone (pictured Akshay Thakrar, Kathryn Louise Burn and Nick)
‘It was not good prep’: Nick joked he wasn’t camera ready before starring on the BBC One series after having the worst haircut of his life ahead of his appearance on the TV show
Nick, who backs Akshay to win Lord Sugar’s investment despite his regular appearances in the boardroom, joked he wasn’t camera ready before starring on the BBC One series, which was made evident by his scruffy hair.
He said: ‘Funny story, before going onto the show I thought I had better get my haircut.
‘I got my haircut with someone I don’t use that much and he gave me the worse haircut I’ve ever had so I had to leave at 6am before I started the process.
‘My brother came over and saw my haircut and was like ‘no, no, no’ because it was so messy so I ended up getting in the bath and he cut it. It was not good prep to be going on national TV!’
Given the boot: Lord Sugar summoned all four candidates in the losing team to the boardroom before firing Nick, making him the eighth casualty of the series
As for a future in dance, Nick said he’s up for competing in the next series of Strictly, admitting ‘I do have the moves for it.’
He added: ‘The thing is I didn’t go on the Apprentice for that sort of career path but never say never.
‘My aim was to get the investment and launch my own business, which unfortunately didn’t happen, but I do have the moves for it – if I ever got the call up who knows!’
- The Apprentice continues tonight at 9pm on BBC One, followed by You’re Fired on BBC Two. Watch live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer
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