Apprentice hopeful Grainne survives another week

November 21, 2016

Aspiring entrepreneur Grainne McCoy has survived another week on the BBC One show, The Apprentice, after narrowly avoiding facing a boardroom showdown.  In Thursday’s episode, the Dromintee woman became sub-team leader of the Titans in a task where contestants were instructed to tap into one of the UK’s biggest markets, the boating and leisure industry, to choose products to sell at the annual show in Poole Harbour.

The task got off to a good start for Grainne when she and her sales partner Courtney gave a successful pitch, managing to land the job of selling high end jet-skis to boating enthusiasts. On the day, a massive downpour dampened spirits and drenched the show punters but the team had a boost when a punter customer seemed interested in buying four jet skis.

Team Titan was dealt a devastating blow in the boardroom however as Karren and Claude read out the results with the jet ski sales failing to materialise, while team Nebula secured two speed boat sales for over £40,000.

As the losing team returned to the boardroom Lord Sugar shocked the candidates with the immediate sacking of team leader Karthik, and, after their overwhelming defeat, he asked sub-team leader Grainne who she would bring back into the boardroom – she chose Samuel.  Grainne avoided being in the final firing line with Lord Sugar advising her and Courtney that they needed to “step up their game” to remain in the process.

Samuel was subsequently sacked and Grainne has made it through to week 8 of the hit TV show.

The 31 year old make-up artist has received hundreds of messages of support from Irish fans since the show began.  Her weekly live chat on social media draws huge attention and she is hugely grateful for the backing of the local and wider community.

Grainne has laughed off any criticism thrown her way, revealing that underneath her “resting bitch face” she is a “big softie at heart really.”

“I’ve even been called an Ice Queen… I just go with it!” she laughed.

“The show is editing me to look really quiet, but that is not me at all. People who know me think it’s a game plan or a motive, as I’m far from quiet.”

The aspiring budding entrepreneur who has worked with The Backstreet Boys and Strictly Come Dancing star Laura Whitmore, is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

“I went into The Apprentice for one reason- I’m serious when it comes to business,” she said.

Having made it through another gruelling round, the Apprentice hopeful goes forward to week 8 to fight it out once again for the £250k investment prize and the chance of being hired by business tycoon, Lord Sugar.