Apprentice hopeful axed after nap
The Apprentice reject Maria O'Connor has insisted she's not dozy - despite falling asleep during a task.
BBC1 Viewers saw the 21-year-old axed by Lord Sugar after nodding off in the back of a car while her fellow contestants decided on a household gadget to pitch to retailers.
But Maria - whose group's bath-themed product failed to make a splash with investors - said it was team leader Jane McEvoy who deserved to go down the plughole.
"I think I was a bit hard done by to be honest. The failure of the task was clearly due to her making the wrong decisions with regard to the product," she said.
"My only regret is falling asleep. Everything else, I enjoyed the whole experience, I cannot fault it in the slightest."
The girls' group, Sterling, received 7,500 orders for their screen to stop children splashing water in the bath - chosen at the last-minute despite them receiving more positive feedback for an alternative, bath cushion product. Meanwhile Phoenix, the BBC1 show's winning boys' team, racked up 13,000 orders for their waste-compacting bin.
"I'm not going to lie, our product was c**p. Who would buy that?" Maria said.
The outspoken businesswoman, from Sandwich in Kent, reckons she would have fared better on the all-male team. "Personally I don't really get on with women. I'm more of a man's person than a woman's person. I tend to clash with women, but men I can work with," she admitted.
Maria - who opened up her first Greek restaurant aged 19 - now plans to be running five restaurants by the age of 25.
And the sleep-gaffe contestant quipped: "I might take on Red Bull and make a product that keeps you going for more than 14 hours."