Tuesday 20 February 2018

'P**sing them off is going to eventually backfire '- Irish fashionista on keeping his Apprentice rivals sweet

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The Dublin fashionista determined to stand out on The Apprentice has admitted he'll be keeping his competitors sweet to get ahead.

Former Fade Street star Dillon St Paul has been revealed as one of the contestants on the UK edition of the BBC reality series hosted by Alan Sugar.

The 37-year-old reckons too many Apprentice contestants make the mistake of making enemies with their co-stars, so he is planning a different strategy.

"I think a lot of the other candidates can't resist blurting out their opinion regardless of whose feathers they ruffle or who they insult," he told the Herald. "I think that's not a very clever tactic long-term because you want to keep your team-mates sweet and onside.

"P**sing them off is going to eventually backfire - so I strived to choose my words wisely and yet still get what I wanted. You get a lot more bees with honey."

The art director is close pals with model and Herald columnist Holly Carpenter and fellow Fade Street alumni Louise Johnston.

However, he kept the news of his casting from the show top secret from his friends.

"I love Holly but she had no idea I was taking part," he said. "Taking part in the process is top secret. Myself and Holly have always been supportive of each other though and now it's great to be able to chat to someone who understands living in a bubble for a long time.

"Some of my friends helped out without even realising, like my friend Louise Johnston who wrote a personal reference for me."

Dillon has found Alan Sugar an intimidating presence. "He is quite a formidable character," he said. "He has a strong presence and commands respect, which I admire."

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