THE Apprentice star Conor Gilsenan has told his mates – including superstar Niall Horan – will ‘rip him to pieces’ to finish second on the show.
The former rugby player, from Mullingar, Co Westmeath received the boot from the boardroom in tonight’s episode after he was blamed for losing a challenge to create a children’s toothbrush.
But Conor was more concerned with his friends dismissing him for getting tight too early in the series.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, he laughed: “I’m going to have to remind all my friends of all the upsides of participating because all I get when this comes out is that I’m in second place. two out of 16.
“That’s all I’ll get, they’ll pressure me to put ‘last time’ on my Instagram account.”
All jokes aside, Conor beat out 16,000 applicants for a competitive spot for Lord Sugar’s €300,000 investment in The Apprentice, which returned last week to the series its 16th.
The first contestant to be fired from the hit series, on BBC One, was Harry Mahmood, after he failed to impress Lord Sugar in the first episode.
Mullingar man Conor said he was delighted to be chosen but the mogul’s dreams of becoming a business partner fell apart too quickly.
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He said: “It was a bit of a whirlwind, it all happened very quickly because I’ve only been in the process for about a week so I didn’t really get a chance to go to bed. But I put myself out there. ,
“You can clearly see I’m making decisions and I’m trying to lead and I’m enjoying the process.
“It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to but as a result I went away with some good memories, a good story and a few good friends.
“Then I was really devastated, I had a lot of hope for it, that it was going to go really well and you know who knows what the future holds if you keep winning these things. and the opportunity is huge, so let’s end it so abruptly, there’s a bit of a letdown that comes with that, but I still learned a lot from that. ”
In last night’s episode, the teams were divided into boys and girls, both teams tasked with finding toothbrushes for kids.
While the girls opted for a brightly colored space-themed design, the boys opted for a toothbrush shaped like a witch’s wand, which is brown.
But the design left a bad taste in Lord Sugar’s mouth – after he alleged it looked like a ‘lawn.’
Referring to the theme of girls’ space, he said: “I’m thinking a lot about finding a psychologist for you, because you seem to be obsessed with watches. You’ve gone a lot for Saturn, haven’t you? This looks like it came from Uranus.”
Conor said: “There was one thing when I re-watched the episode, there were some people who saw her cuteness but they never spoke up for the group.
“So I’ve definitely learned if something isn’t right, you should tell the team rather than keep it to yourself.”
Conor was tasked with designing a witch-themed app to go with the brush, which eventually led to him receiving the wand.
He said: “Aaron, the team leader, throughout the episode never once said he was not happy, then he walked into the board room and started going crazy over the app and all the stuff. the decision we made, and I went on for a second, you’ve had fun all day. ”
Outside of the show, Conor, 29, is a former Ireland Under-20 rugby player who attended Leinster academy.
He then moved to London with the sport and was forced to retire from the London Ireland rugby team in 2020 for ‘medical reasons’.
Since then, the entrepreneurial sports star has started a new pop-up bar venture, called The 301 Bar, with former London Irish teammate Topsy Ojo.
Conor also recently became the chief sales officer of e-commerce group FIS.
The Mullingar man’s friends and family supported his new business venture.
That includes his A-list friend Niall Horan, whom Conor has known since he was seven years old.
He said: “We are both Mullingar’s children and we grew up together, we are still very friendly, he has always been so supportive of my rugby career.
“He was a bit shocked when he saw me doing this (Apprentice) last week but he was also very supportive of it.”
In addition to his new business venture, Conor is also working on a new one – planning a wedding.
The rugby lad questioned his longtime girlfriend Megan over the Christmas break.
And their future is very bright, he said.
“I’m in a really good place at the moment, I got engaged for Christmas to Megan, a Dublin girl, we’ve been together since our college days, so that’s really real. nice.”
Watch The Apprentice on BBC One, Thursday at 9pm.
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8200024/mates-niall-horan-slag-apprentice-conor-gilsenan-axed/ My friends like Niall Horan will beat me up for finishing second, says The Apprentice’s Conor Gilsenan