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Apprentice kids not short on talent.

Byline: roz laws

"I'M not a business boy, I'm a businessman," said one lad whose squeaky voice sounded like it had broken yesterday.

Sorry, but I found it quite hard to take you seriously on Junior Apprentice.

And it was almost impossible to believe that little Arjun (pictured) is 17 - he looks about 10!

Most of them look like they're in Bugsy Malone, dressed up in suits and playing at being grown-ups. But some of the teens are frighteningly confident and self-assured.

Terrifying Zoe made a team mate cry, while bearded sheep farmer Tim looks a decade older than Arjun.

I liked his laidback style until he almost ruined his chances with the comment that "wind is my least favourite weather type". Get a grip! Cocky, deep-voiced Jordan looked stunned to be fired but it didn't seem to dent his confidence.

"Give it five years and I can be more successful than Lord Sugar," he declared. Umm, we'll see.

Junior MasterChef, which also started this week on BBC1, was a different kettle of fish. While Junior Apprentice is exactly like the adult version (with slightly nicer firings), the children's cookery show has been hijacked by the health and safety police.

Every five minutes the voiceover would solemnly declare "Remember to ask an adult's permission before using sharp knives" or "Hot chillis can burn, so always wash your hands".

Still, these 11-year-olds could barely see over the worktop but can produce amazing food like hot chocolate fondant and French onion soup that puts my culinary efforts to shame.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 16, 2010
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