Friday, November 19, 2010

Stuart Baggs (The Brand)


"Everything I touch turns to sold" (Episode One)

I love The Apprentice. And by that I don’t mean the US version where you sit there in amazement at Donald Trump's hair and the fact he can go out looking like that every day (the only hair on TV to rival Gerry Francis' appalling mullet on Sky Sports News).

I mean the Alan, sorry, 'Lord' Sugar version of it in the UK – which gets sillier by the episode and this year has been highlighted by Stuart Baggs, a 21-year-old telecoms entrepreneur from the Isle of Man who comes out with ridiculous statements, irritates the hell out of everyone with his arrogance and this week proved to be a team leader so spectacularly bad that even John Barnes would get a management job ahead of him.

He was actually growing on me over the last few weeks when he learnt to keep his mouth shut, but his inability to contain his 'extreme masculinity' along with his badgering his team members left me convinced (as Dara O'Briain said on You're Fired afterwards) that Sugar might actually change the rules and fire him this week – but with his team winning he didn't.

He's got to go next week doesn't he? Who do you think will win by the way? Got to be Liz for me – she's doing really well.

32 comments:

  1. Reminds me of a Sales guy I once new... He thought he was the dogs do-dahs, but we all used to call him Sadim (Midas backwards) - cos everything he touched turned to sh1t!

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  2. Infuriating tosser...hows he lasted so long...

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  3. Most people hate Stuart Baggs for the complete David Brent that he is...but it's a fact that the program will be significantly duller once he's fired. We'll struggle to find another candidate that we can love to hate as much.

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  4. As Dilbert tells us, good managers have good hair. This one looks like a shaving accident in a vets... so not good then.

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  5. Only because you fancy Liz!! Nothing wrong with that though and in all seriousness, she's probably looking the strongest now. I thought Jamie and Stella looked strong, but both have made errors now ... maybe those are the final 3!! The monotonous one who was with Jamie has to go, the anonymous other woman has to go and if The Brand progesses ... well!!

    I agree though, it is sill now. The first couple of years were really good, then each year they've picked more plonkers that they think will make good TV viewing. They do. However, I feel the program has lost it's original purpose; to find a true apprentice, not someone seeking TV fame.

    Take Alex for instance ... "Unemployed Head of Communications". Well surely I could market myself as "Unemployed CEO" if that's the way things are going!!!!

    I do love the program still, despite it getting more silly, but the same applies to all the others, especially X Factor. They'd identified who they wanted to win and the cynic in me suggests that they've already found the talent and told them to apply! The icing on the cake was when Simon put together a group from the rejects - a manufactured group which was much better than the genuine groups. Sigh.

    I've actually started reading more books again, I'm so fed up with what's on TV, I don't want any of the channels bar 1-4 really (in HD of course). Am I getting old?

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  6. I wouldn't watch the X Factor if you paid me though!

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  7. I thought he was a lot better in Germany. I mean, he's still a cock of the highest order, but at least he got stuck in and spoke some German, which worked well (“Hi Stuart!”).

    I want him to get to the interviews. He'll crash and burn then.

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  8. I was convinced he'd go this week before I watched it, but he was back to being a lot better and did well - especially his efforts in speaking the local lingo as Herr Baggs!

    Would love him to get to the interview round too, forgot they did that :)

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  9. wazzup
    He is annoyin me so much as well. He will be fired when his team loose the next challenge.

    I want Chris to win but i dont think he will win so if he doesnt it will be Liz

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  10. He was lucky his team won the other week otherwise i think he would of gone (or Stella would of just torn him apart) He did a little better last week, at least he made an effort trying to speak a little German. I think either Liz or Stella will win.

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  11. He would definitely have gone that week had they not won - and agreed on Liz, hope she wins! Looking forward to it tonight.

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  12. Very rarely in life does one come across such a total,complete and fully accomplished knobhead. This is a person who will insist that his mother irons his socks and doesn't he just remind you of every dick that you took an instant dislike to in your school days.

    Other than that a thoroughly nice chap.

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  13. I think he is living proof that we should be considering a worldwide selective breeding program with a focus on controlling the biological production of such top level dorks

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  14. Thanks for making me smile :-) Right decision last night?

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  15. No question. Liz is going all the way here.....or is that my wishful thinking??

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  16. You have to admire Liz's tactics. Now it is getting down to the wire, she clearly identifies Stella as her major competition,did you notice how she "winged" her last night with her withering remarks about Stella saying she was a bad manager when she knew it to be untrue. Stella buckled under the look she gave her. Liz certainly asserted her superiority with that one. It must be between those two.

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  17. Come on you guys, lighten up! The follow on show You're Fired has turned into the Stuart Baggs show because he is such good tv. I cannot wait to see him and Stella on the same team again.

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  18. I was disappointed that Alan Sugar did not "downgrade" the boys team in the "discount buying" episode. He has previously commented (if my memory serves me correctly), that he doesn't like liars. The two boys doing the negotiating were lying all over the shop. Karen Brady made a rather feeble attempt to highlight this and was marginally censorious but all in all, very disappointing and close to giving approval to businessmen who tell lies to "win the deal."

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  19. I remember thinking *exactly* the same thing when it happened!



    Alex

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  20. i think he is an idiot,

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  21. Last night's verdict seemed at first glance very strange. Liz actually sold more than "The Brand" and yet she was fired. I was expecting Liz to go on and win it. I think Sugar is looking for something more than he usually does in his next apprenctice. He is looking exactly the type of person Stuart portrays himself to be: a dynamic entrepeneur with lots of creative ideas that lead to new successful businesses. The big question Sugar has to answer is: will his gamble with Baggs pay off? Do his talents match his rhetoric? I am personally sceptical in view of his numerous mistakes that he has made so far. The forensic examination of next week's interrogators might illuminate this.

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  22. Stuart is certainly good for ratings, but last night's show was a turning point when Lord Sugar spared Stuart at the expense of one of the few that he probably thought he could ultimately work with (Liz).

    Stuart may irritate many people, but who else could Lord Sugar finally employ?

    Joanna?...yes, if he wants bleeding eardrums. Jamie?...possibly, but is he really in the Alan Sugar mould. Chris?...possibly, but possibly a bit too much like a low flying world war two bomber. Stella?...possibly, but she could turn out to be like the Glenn Close psycho character in Fatal Attraction.

    So if not Stuart, who is it going to be?

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  23. Joanna's whiny voice is really starting to grate. Right now, I'd also employ Stuart ...

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  24. After a few weeks I'd have picked Paloma, Liz and Stella as a final 3. Paloma managed to talk her way into the boot and I was suprised to see Liz go. Stella has still been on the winning team more than any other candidate and I'd still pick her over Stuart.

    I'm really looking forward to the interviews next week.

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  25. I just sense he's developed this picture of Stella as being corporate and isn't going to change his mind.

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  26. Both Stella and Chris are Investment Bankers. After the Credit Crunch 'investment banker' became people's favourite rhyming slang. I know Lord Sugar is no fan of The City. Only Stuart and Joanna have started and made a success of their own businesses. For all their foibles and idiosyncrasies, they are the two front runners.

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  27. I'm not sure my nerves can handle much more of Joanna's voice - it goes straight through me. If I were a gambling man (well, sometimes ...) I'd have a fiver on Stuart right now.

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  28. Not so sure Alex, looks like his time may be up reading this: -

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/tv/2010/12/15/the-apprentice-lord-sugar-rips-into-stuart-baggs-for-being-full-of-s-115875-22784722/

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  29. Ah Lord Sugar will be sorry in 10 years time when "The Brand" comes to buy him out!!!

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  30. It seems obvious why Stuart wasn't invited back to the final episode of the Apprentice. Sugar didn't want him dominating the show. The focus was to be on Chris and Stella. If Stuart had been on Chris's team (can't imagine Stella picking him. LOL) then he might have upset the whole dynamics of the group. Even in the extended version of You're Fired on Sunday, it was clear that they were a big effort not make Stuart the attention.

    If Stuart really is the dynamic entrepeneur he thinks he is then in ten years from he could be on Dragons' Den as one of the multi-millionaire dragons. I know that he will be remembered a long time after people have forgotten who Stella English is.

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