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    Posted: 13 May 2010 at 13:53

Junior Apprentice: 'I'll be as successful as Alan Sugar in five years,' says first reject, 16

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:11 AM on 13th May 2010


Confident: Jordan De Courcy, 16, said he will be as successful as Lord Sugar within five years

The first contestant to be fired from Junior Apprentice has vowed he will be at least as successful as Alan Sugar in five years' time. 

Jordan De Courcy, 16 - who set up his first business aged 12 - fired the parting shot as he was driven away in Lord Sugar's Rolls Royce at the end of last night's show.

He said: 'I'm gutted that I'm leaving. It just annoys me so much to know that there are people left in that house and in the competition that I know I am better than.

'I think give it five years and I can be just as successful if not more successful than Lord Sugar.'

Irish youngster Jordan was the project manager of his team Instinct, which underwent a boys versus girls challenge to sell £500-worth of cheese on market stalls. 

The boys in Instinct made a loss of £210.01 - while the girls' team Revolution creamed off a £143.88 profit. 

Instinct team members rowed during their task over which product to mark up as the 'cheese of the day'.

Jordan decided to bring Rhys Rosser, 17, and Tim Ankers, also 17, back into the boardroom for the first showdown of the series.

But he was told by Lord Sugar: 'Jordan, because you couldn't control these people I'm going to have to say it's a difficult thing to be the first person to go. 

'Twenty eight thousand young people applied for this. 

'Whilst they were sitting on their armchairs scoffing crisps and drinking cola, you made it here. And don't ever forget that. 

'Jordan, with regret - you're fired!'


You're fired! The moment Jordan is kicked out of the boardroom during last night's Junior Apprentice

Speaking after getting the boot, Jordan said: 'Lord Sugar is not just the grumpy man we see in the boardroom, his judgments can be harsh, but they are fair.'

He added: 'I wasn't entirely comfortable with being the project manager of the first task, especially when I had no idea what it would involve selling, but someone had to step up. 

'As the task progressed I found it increasingly difficult to manage people that were all there to show off their talents and seemed to forget we were supposed to be working as a team, rather than individuals for our own good. 

'After the task finished, I knew we hadn't done well, I couldn't sleep that night. I got three hours sleep, and when it came to the boardroom, I was ready to collapse. 


Stiff competition: Lord Sugar and the contestants in this year's series

'I lost my fighting power in the end and I didn't perform on the day as I should have, therefore I had to take the responsibility.'

He said appearing on the show had raised his awareness of his passion for business and he is working on a juice bar which is on several markets in Dublin.

Jordan is also about to launch a natural skincare range and is looking for retailers to work with.

He said: 'The company will be named Honesty Skin Care and I think the word 'honesty' fits in well with the way in which I conduct my business.'

The £25,000 prize at the end of the series will be controlled by Lord Sugar and will be carefully handed out like pocket money when the winner wants to take on a suitable venture. 

Edited by Bren - 13 May 2010 at 13:53
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