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Fired Apprentice candidate interview: 'We got crap and made it worse'

By and Clarissa Place
Jane McEvoy was thrown into the trash by Lord Sugar this evening after she failed to impress in the latest Apprentice task, selling a load of second-hand tat. The Irish mother-of-one lost out in a feisty boardroom showdown with Gabrielle Omar and Laura Hogg and was sent packing in the dreaded black cab home.

Digital Spy caught up with Jane earlier today to find out where it all went wrong for her.

The Apprentice - The Girls - Jane McEvoy

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Were you surprised at how easily you lost the task when you saw the episode back and watched other team failing so badly in parts of the task?
"No I wasn't. Actually, I really thought Tom did really well. He had a very clear strategy, he knew what he was after, he knew the Brick Lane area and I haven't a clue. He basically decided he was going to buy a few good pieces and make the margin.

"I know it was a very risky strategy, but it paid off for him. Whereas we got crap and we probably made it worse by what we did to it and we had lots of it! So no, I think fair play to Tom, he did a really good job.

Who did you put the blame down to on your team?
"I don't think anybody in particular. Nobody stood out in that task. I don't think anyone did anything amazing. We all made mistakes. I didn't have a clue about that area, vintage furniture, nothing, I knew nothing about it. I was saying, 'I'm going to be somebody who is going to have to be told what to do'. I just didn't know anything about the area.

"I think we got the strategy wrong, we got the branding wrong, the upcycling wrong, we made loads of mistakes. So I think the blame can genuinely be shared among everyone, not just the three that went into the boardroom. I don't think anybody actually did anything spectacular on that task."

You admitted that sales are not your finest point, so do you think The Apprentice was the right show for you?
"Oh no, I can actually sell! I mean I sold to Amazon, I sold over twice what the guys sold, but I would say my sale of vintage furniture is, yep, pretty crap. I can sell what I am passionate about, so you know, if I love something I can sell - and I am bloody good at selling it because I love it and I'm really proud of it.

"But if you put me in the situation where I've got to sell some rubbish to people, I feel really guilty [that] I'm looking for money from you. Like I say, I'm not a market trader, I'm not the type of person who could sell anything - but if I needed something, I'm a very good salesman.

"I don't know if The Apprentice is something for me, but I felt at the end that it was a great experience and I'm really glad I did it."

The Apprentice Episode 4: Jane McEvoy is fired

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You were a bit tearful at the end. How much did you want this?
"How much did I want this? Obviously, I really wanted to win when we went into the boardroom for the last time. I knew I was going though because it's not just based on laziness or the task, it's based on what Lord Sugar thinks of you and his opinion on whether he can work with you.

"But I don't think he could work with me. I really got that opinion going back into the boardroom, so perhaps I didn't fight as much as I maybe I did on the second task. I didn't feel it was going [my way] no matter what I said. I felt I was going anyway.

"You know what, it's not a negative thing, I've gotten on with it, pushing my own brand forward now, and hopefully I'll sell my million units and I'll prove them all wrong."

Will you have any Union Jack furniture in your house?
"Ha! No. But I have kept the piece they gave me on You're Fired!. Yeah, I will have actually have that piece placed in my sitting room, I'm very proud of that.

"But you know, with the Union Jacks we tried hard, but we got it all wrong and that's just the reality of it. We got it wrong in so many areas that it wasn't funny, but yeah, it's over with now and you just have to laugh about it and laugh at the mistakes you make and enjoy it."

Do you think you and Lord Sugar would have ever worked well together?
"No, no, no. I mean, God, if he said he liked me I would have been delighted. Who wouldn't want Alan Sugar behind you? God, he's such an amazing entrepreneur.

"But of course, I would be delighted if he wanted me, but he doesn't. It's up to him, he obviously knows. He's been in business a very long time and he knows what suits him, the type of person that he will get on with. You have to think, I'm not one of those people, it's a pity, but it's all a TV show at the end of the day."

The Apprentice Episode 4: Gabrielle, Laura and Jane in the boardroom

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I've obviously spoken to some of the other contestants who have been fired before you. One of them described you as heartless at one point. Also last week you didn't seem to get on with Duane. Did get on with anyone?
"That is so funny! Genuinely, we all got on really well in the house. We're all competing and especially in the boardroom everyone fights for their place, so it's completely different.

"Me on a task and me in the boardroom is completely different from me at home. I think you'll see from You're Fired and some of the comments from other people, I'm not a complete monster.

"You know, I'm very, very normal and I've got three dogs, a husband, a child. I lead a very normal life. I'm not a nasty character. I'm very straight, I tell it like I see it and I have no problems with anyone. I actually got on so well with some of them, most of them, maybe. It was a really good experience and I enjoyed it."

Really, none of them irritated you? The girls seem to be clashing a lot this year.
"That's only in the tasks. It's completely different when you get home. It was like we were on a big sleepover because there was about eight in our room. We would stay up late and chat, even though we got very little sleep. We'd still be laughing and joking and it was so much fun. You obviously don't see that part of the show and then it's different when you are on task because you are competing."

The Apprentice - The Boys - Duane Bryan

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The Apprentice - The Girls - Laura Hogg

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Laura seems to think her good looks will be held against her. Do you think that's true, or do you think she is getting a bit carried away with herself?
"Oh, she's a beautiful girl, but I don't think her good looks will be held against her. I don't think she was being arrogant, she is beautiful. So no is the answer. I think if anything, she should use her looks to her advantage!"

What are your plans now? Are you going back to what you did before?
"Yes, and I've actually started a marketing company as well. I came up with the idea when I had my son and I used to make food for him every day. I used to be up an hour early, or go to bed an hour late at night.

"Now we actually have a range of chilled baby food for 6-12 months and 12 months for allergy free and organic and they are specifically tailored to the nutritional requirements of a baby or a toddler. And we are really excited.

"It's called 'Harry's Little World', and it's named after my son... basically you're supposed to be stepping into his imagination, and it's really cute and it's got gorgeous illustrations on it. Harry has all these characters, these friends... It is really, really exciting and I hope it's going to sell really well."

The Apprentice continues on Wednesday nights at 9pm on BBC One.

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