The Junior Apprentice starts tomorrow and, unlike the senior version, throws up all sorts of moral quandaries. Laughing at someone who wears bad suits, spews business malapropisms and takes themselves far too seriously is fine if the person in question is a fully fledged adult — but a little problematic if they're only a kid. Still, with the juvenile runners and riders just announced, we can't help but identify a favourite.
From the audition tapes released by the BBC today, there is an array of slightly earnest boys and girls in this series, most of whom seem to run eggs-based business empires (though one has worked out an inspired business plan of asking people to "swap 50p for a pound"). As for who caught out eye, it was a toss-up between 17-year-old Rhys Rosser and 16-year-old Jordan De Courcy.
Dublin native De Courcy runs an international cosmetics business and a juice bar, owns a very shiny suit, and avows that if he had to fire 6,000 people, he'd "absolutely have no problem doing that". Rosser on the other hand, who comes from Wales, hopes to start a chain of kiddie cafes, dismisses peers who waste their time doing "media studies or critical thinking" and looks like he might do a good line in inadvertently comic hand gestures. If we had to chose, we'd say the slight over-exertion with which Rosser protests, "I'm a MAN!" may just swing it for us.
Click on the pictures below to see links for Jordan and Rhys's audition tapes. The Junior Apprentice starts on Wednesday, BBC One, at 9pm.