Apprentice wannabe is a make-up studio owner who transforms herself into sexy zombie dripping in blood to show off her skills
- Grainne McCoy, 31, from Newry in Northern Ireland is on The Apprentice
- She will be one of 18 contestants gunning for the top prize of £250,000
- Ms McCoy is the owner of a make-up studio in Northern Ireland
- She boasts her talent on Facebook, posting pictures of herself as a zombie
Among those jumping through hoops for Lord Sugar is a make-up studio owner who transforms herself into a sexy zombie dripping in blood.
Grainne McCoy, 31, from Newry is one of 18 contestants on The Apprentice hoping to secure a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar in a bid to become the next big thing in business.
She boasts of her talents on Facebook, posting pictures of herself dressed as a zombie.
Grainne McCoy poses for the camera in a Facebook picture of her dressed as a zombie
Creative: Make-up artist Grainne McCoy likes to refine her skills with zombie-like creations
Despite running her own studio, she admits she is far from the finished article
But despite running her own studio, she admits she is far from the finished article.
'I need guidance and a little bit of mentoring to help me make that first million,' she said.
Lord Sugar will put the 18 brave contestants through their paces in a series of gruelling tasks.
The nine men and nine women come from a range of careers and backgrounds, from bakeries and business consultancy to property and IT, each with different experience to draw from during the tasks.
Lord Sugar said: 'I need to see who’s got a good business brain, that’s all I’m interested in.
'The winner gets a £250,000 investment and it will change someone’s life forever.
'You are going to learn more about yourself throughout the course of this process, I promise you that.
Meet the candidates: The Apprentice candidates hoping to impress the fearsome entrepreneur have now been revealed ahead of the series debut on October 6
Ready to work: Lord Sugar will once again be joined by Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as they put the 18 brave contestants through their paces in a series of gruelling tasks
'Sometimes, some people can’t stand the heat, and they complain and they moan.
'If you want to moan you can send me an email at email@example.com.'
Once again aiding Lord Sugar in his quest are Karren Brady, who has been Lord Sugar’s advisor on the show since 2009, and Claude Littner, who returns for his second series.
Lord Sugar wants the new candidates to be under no illusion how competitive the process will be.
'You see 18 people here, and we’re here for 12 weeks - that tells you there are going to be occasions where more than one person is going (to be fired)', he declared.
'And I don’t care how many it can be. I really don’t care. I’m very flexible and it is a very, very competitive situation.
'You can compare this to being on a life support machine and one of your colleagues here pulling the plug out just to charge their mobile phone up.
'That’s how competitive it will get.'
Lord Sugar kicks the series off with a task designed to test the candidates’ skills in negotiation and selling.
The teams arrive at a lock-up containing antiques and collectables including furniture, vintage clothing, toys, ceramics, silver and glassware.
They must spot the treasure from the trash, before they sell their chosen items to the public and trade.
Other tasks over the coming weeks include creating an advertising campaign for jeans, manufacturing a range of sweets, hosting ‘late night opening’ events at well-known attractions, designing virtual reality games and producing and creating their own brand of gin.
The Apprentice returns to screens on Thursday, October 6 for the 12th series.
Occupation: Business Consultancy Owner
She says: 'Like the Tasmanian devil in the famous cartoon, I will torpedo my way through to the win'.
Occupation: Owner, Cake Company
Lives: Ceredigion, Wales
She says: 'I am incredibly hard working, driven, and I'll stop at nothing to get what I want.'
Occupation: Owner, Novelty Gift Company
He says: 'How would I describe myself in one sentence? I'll give you one word: awesome.'
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Occupation: Magazine Art Director
Lives: Dublin, Ireland
He says: 'Sometimes batting the eyelashes can get you a lot in business. Hence, the mascara comes in handy – so they can see those lashes'
Occupation: Owner, Marketing Agency
Lives: Chigwell, Essex
He says: 'I'll play the team when I need to be part of the team, but I'm here to win; I'm not here to make up the numbers.'
Occupation: Owner, Makeup Studio
Lives: Northern Ireland
She says: 'I need guidance and a little bit of mentoring to help me make that first million.'
Occupation: Online Fashion Entrepreneur
She says: 'A motto I live by is: there is no competition if you're already winning.'
Occupation: Owner, Children’s Clothing Company
She says: 'I’m a pocket rocket. I’m quite fiery and live by the rule ‘kill them with kindness’.'
Occupation: Owner, Beachwear Company
He says: 'I won’t suffer fools. I will get upset by other candidates who don’t know their arse from their elbow.'
Occupation: Owner, IT Consultancy
He says: 'If I wanted to be like everyone else, I’d have waxed my monobrow.'
Occupation: Owner, Property Consultancy
She says: 'I work 15 to 17 hours every day. 100 per cent, I'm a workaholic.'
Occupation: Owner, Food Distribution Business
He says: Sometimes I feel like James Bond when I’m in my suit.'
Occupation: Owner, Hair and Beauty Salon
She says: 'I started at a young age, I'm a hustler, I've got the hustler’s ambition.'
Occupation: Sales Manager, Major Car Brand
He says: 'My creativity, my passion, my charm, and my likeability all roll into one, creating one perfect guy.'
Occupation: Owner, Design & Marketing Agency
She says: 'People often foolishly mistake my enthusiasm for silliness or positivity for naivety. I’m proof that you can get things done without whinging.'
Occupation: Senior Sales Executive, Technology
He says: 'The best survivors in the world are the people who adapt, and I’m the best at adapting. I’m like a chameleon. I adapt to anything, anywhere, anytime.'
Occupation: Digital Marketing Manager, Fashion
He says: 'I feel sorry for Lord Sugar because previous applicants have been weak.'
Occupation: Recruitment Agent, IT
She says: 'My only tactic is to be myself; this alone will make sure I win.'
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