The Apprentice’s Victoria Goulbourne  and Dani Donavan ‘gutted’ to miss final after business plans fail to impress

The two were fired by Lord Sugar alongside Megan Hornby (Picture: BBC)

The Apprentice stars Dani Donovan and Victoria Goulbourne expressed they were ‘gutted’ to miss a place in next week’s finale, but proud of how far they’ve come.

During tonight’s episode of the BBC series, Victoria, Dani and Megan Hornby were chosen as the latest candidates to be eliminated from the process by Lord Alan Sugar after their business plans failed to impress.

Karren Brady, Mike Souter, Linda Plant and Claude Littner, returned to tear apart the semi-finalists’ business plans, as well as the candidates themselves.

However, Rochelle Raye Anthony and Marnie Swindells will be the ones battling to hear the two golden words from the self-made billionaire, 75.

While speaking to after their joint elimination, hair salon owner Dani and sweet business entrepreneur admitted that everyone’s nerves in the boardroom reached an all time high.

‘We were all so nervous, but I was so happy and proud of how far I got in the process,’ she told us.

Tonight was the return of the dreaded interviews (Picture: BBC)

‘We were all so nervous,’ said Victoria (R) (Picture: BBC)

‘I was like “have a positive attitude and let’s see what happens.”‘

Dani stressed that although missing out on the final was disheartening, she couldn’t be happier for Rochelle and Marnie.

‘Everybody wants to win, but I had so many doubts in my mind I never expected to get that far,’ she added.

‘I was just proud to get that far, with so many credible businesswomen. Although yes you do feel gutted. I also felt happy for the girls that did make it to the final. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, there’s ups and downs but a real-life experience that I’ll never forget.’

Rochelle (L) and Marnie (R) will battle it out in the final (Picture: BBC)

Reflecting on the dreaded interview round, Victoria stressed that the remaining candidates branded it ‘the most daunting part.’

‘We all knew coming into the process that it would be the hardest stage because it shifts from being a task to being something you need to know everything about, so we really felt the pressure,’ she said.

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Dani added: ‘It’s a difficult process and these people are going through it in more depth and noticing flaws in your business that you didn’t know were there.

‘There was no real way to prepare for that. Linda was so tough and it’s hard to defend yourself and argue back, it was like shots fired.’

The Apprentice returns next Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.

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