I’ve been anxiously awaiting the first episode of this series to start – probably since the last series finished. I find the show fantastic it’s got a mix of reality tv and a sense of a fly-on-the-wall entrepreneur documentary to it! And I think from both points of view they’ve carefully arranged the candidates in the hope that they’re high self opinions and personalities will clash.
Well, todays lauch episode of 2009 saw a candidate leaving – even before the process began! Leaving the boys team one man down…
The first task was pretty much a hands on graft, split up into two teams – Men vs Women, They were provided a budget of £200 and given access to a van per team with cleaning products which they could buy and/or hire. Firstly the teams chose which products they needed and although neither teams appeared to really consider cost vs requirements, the womens team seemed to think that the £200 was a target and not a limit!
The teams were very ill-managed and didn’t seem to be following much of a structure – the womens team, lead by Mona – seemed to think that because they were attempting to wash stretched hummers that they could charge £300 for just 3 vehicles! – Infact the company already had a contractn with another (presumably established company) for £60! They eventually negotiated a deal at £120 for the three vehicles.
The boys team aswell as trying shoe shining, managed to get a contract for 30 taxis, on the agreement that they would only be paid for the cars passing inspection by the customer – unfortunately for them though, they were completely unstructured and made a numbers of mistakes – and dirt was still clearly visible in places!
After 10 hours work, the two teams – both badly run arrived back at the board room… The boys team won, not because of great team work, business strategy – or anything else! But instead due to the girls teams fatal mistake – Initial Overspending.
…Anita was fired, in my opinion it should have been Mona Lewis first – but then again theres plenty of time for her!!
Final thoughts on the episode – Great Reality TV! Though I think all the candidates need to up their game, right now none of them seem capable!