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BBC's The Apprentice candidate from Stamford, Marianne Rawlins, gives the Mercury her view on episode one

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed the American blonde girl who appeared briefly on Wednesday night’s episode of The Apprentice. If you were watching the show, but somehow missed me, rest assured that I take no offence. I was easy to miss.

Heading into this process, my plan for the first task is simple: observe and survive. Is there a risk associated with hiding from conflict? Absolutely. Is it a risk I was willing to take this week? 100 per cent.

You see, at this stage in the process, most candidates are trying to stand out. They are trying to make their mark and highlight their expertise early, which leads to confrontation and – most often – has the opposite effect of what they intend. Case in point: Think of some standout characters from last night. Were they memorable for good reasons? I suspect not.

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