Gemma Collins is ‘top choice’ for Celebrity Apprentice revival

The GC means business

Gemma Collins

by Ruby Norris |
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She’s already the Queen of Essex and boss of Brentwood high street, but Gemma Collins could be set to give Lord Sugar a run for his money in the business world.

There’s talk Gemma is top of the list of names reportedly lined up for the revival of the celebrity version of The Apprentice.

BBC business are seemingly planning to bring back the show in 2019, ten years since it last aired on our TV screens.

“It’s been 10 years since it last aired, but The Apprentice is still a popular show with a strong format,” a source told Daily Star.

“Top brass at the BBC all agreed it would be great to have the celeb version back on screen.”

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An alleged leaked memo also revealed the show would be making a return for a Red Nose Day 2019 special.

According to The Sun, the note reads: “Viewers will see an impressive array of celebrity minds work their skill and contacts to make this an unforgettable programme to make Red Nose Day 2019 a huge success”.

Producers are now reportedly looking for 10 business-savvy celebs to compete for Lord Sugar’s approval, and Gemma’s said to have impressed bosses with her no-nonsense attitude business skills.

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Towie stars then and now SLIDER

Lauren Goodger Essex Fashion Week - Mar 20111 of 20
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Lauren Goodger in 2011

Lauren Goodger takes on the red carpet at Essex Fashion Week back in 2011, a year after the show launched. Stripes and fake tan for days!

Lauren Goodger at OK! Magazine's 25th anniversary party.2 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Lauren Goodger now

Oh YASS, the glo up is real! Lauren Goodger in 2018 at the OK! Magazine's 25th anniversary party. We don't know what magical moisturiser she is using but we are well jeal - She looks younger! She occasionally shows up on TOWIE, that's probably because she very busy working on her fake tan range Lauren's Gold .

Harry at the UK Premiere of 'Burlesque'3 of 20
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Harry Derbidge in 2010

TOWIE's sweet heart and cousin to TOWIE royalty, Amy Childs, at the afterparty of a film premiere. Looking so young and fresh faced.

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THE GLOW UP - Harry Derbidge now

After quitting the show TWICE in 2014 (so, extra). He followed his cousin Amy Child's footsteps and opened his own boutique which closed down last year. Now, he is a social media influencer and slaying the game.

Gemma Collins at a TOWIE dvd release signing in Westfield5 of 20
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Gemma Collins in 2011

Do you remember when she was a brunette? Yeah, no one does.

Gemma on ITV's Loose Women6 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Gemma Collins now

"So, girls"She ditched the bangs, the brunette hair and the excessive tan - thank god. After becoming TOWIE's most meme'ed star, she is now deeply in love with TOWIE's other star James 'Arg' Argent.

Amy at the launch party for 'The Only Way Is Essex'7 of 20
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Amy Childs in 2010

Amy Childs in her signature red hair back in 2010 - on the red carpet for the launch of The Only Way Is Essex.

Amy Childs at OK! Magazine's 25th anniversary party8 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Amy Childs now

After being the first one to quit the show, she stormed the showbiz world with her own reality TV show, starred in Celebrity Big Brother and she is now reported to be worth over £5 million. She also welcomed her first born child, Polly, from ex-boyfriend Bradley Wright. There is no doubt she has been a busy lady.

Mark wright at his own birthday party at the Chigwell in Essex9 of 20
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Mark Wright in 2011

Other than being an immediate TOWIE heartthrob, he also used to model early on in his career.

Mark Wright at iHeart's Radio Music Awards in LA, California10 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Mark Wright now

Not a major change but the most noticeable thing is that widow's peak, it completely vanished, hair transplant maybe? - He is now happily married to Michelle Keegan. He is actually doing really well for himself (go on Mark!), he has his own radio show, he used to be the face of Take Me Out: The Gossip and he ventured across the bond, and he works with Mario Lopez on Extra.

James at Ann Summers event11 of 20
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James 'Arg' Argent in 2011

This is what he looked like 6 years ago...

James Argent at ITV's Loose Women12 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - James Argent now

Here he is on Loose Women just a few days ago, he pretty much still looks the same minus the hair change, it's now flung to the back rather than the side. Following his break-up from his on screen love, Lydia Bright, he took sometime off from TOWIE but now he is back!

Lydia at the 'Gnomeo and Juliet' premiere13 of 20
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Lydia Bright in 2011

Lydia opened her own boutique as soon as she joined TOWIE. She left TOWIE after major drama with co-stars James Argent and Gemma Collins.

Lydia Bright at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK14 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Lydia Bright now

Now, a lot has changed - here she looking incredible on the red carpet for 71st BAFTAs back in Feb. She is now a fashion blogger and you can catch her on E4's Celebrity Five Star Hotel.

Sam Faiers' promo picture for the launch of The Only Way Is Essex15 of 20
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Sam Faiers in 2010

Quintessential Essex glamour is the best way to describe this picture but she definitely wins the best glow up...

Sam Faiers at This Morning  earlier on this month16 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Sam Faiers now

She 100% glowed up the most. Her life changed drastically since she first appeared on TOWIE. After leaving the show, she became a mother to baby Paul and baby Rosie. She followed Amy Childs' footsteps and joined Celebrity Big Brother and she has her own show The Mummy Diaries. You go girl.

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Kirk Norcross in 2010

He is a TOWIE original. He left the show 3 years after first appearing on our TV screens.

Kirk Norcross at his book signing in Derby18 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Kirk Norcross now

Not much has changed, except a couple of wrinkles here and there - yikes. To be fair, he is a dad to 2 children now, looks like he doesn't get much sleep now a days. Oh, he is also an author now.

Maria at a film premier in 201119 of 20
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Maria Fowler in 2011

She had a very short time on TOWIE after she was dubbed "just a f***ing extra" by Kirk - harsh af right?

Maria Fowler out and about in London20 of 20
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THE GLOW UP - Maria Fowler now

We use the term 'Now" very loosely with Maria, this picture is from early 2017 - that's because we can't find any recent pics as she is keeping it on the down low. We do know that is she is a makeup artist now, at least she is doing something.

Although, the GC does appear to have some reservations.

“Gemma’s scared of Alan Sugar and doesn’t want to be made to look like a fool but she is considering it.

“Producers only want one reality name on the show and Gemma was the BBC’s top choice as they know she will bring the fun and humour element as well as having a massive social media influence to promote the show."

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