One of those contestants is Tre Lowe, who found fame in the 1990s as part of the garage music group Architechs, whose massive hit Body Groove came out in 2000.
While speaking to Metro.co.uk, Lord Sugar revealed what he thought when he first learnt about Tre’s music history, as the discovery made him question the candidate’s potential.
When he was first announced as one of the stars of The Apprentice, Tre – who’s also known as Paul Akabah – opened up about his band, which he formed with his brother Ashley Akabah.
‘Though my brother is no longer alive – the music we made in this partnership certainly is and will impact future generations too,’ he said at the time.
Tre is a bona fide UK garage music legend (Picture: BBC/PA)
Lord Sugar, 76, found out about Tre’s past career when he was going through his resume, ahead of the start of the 2024 series.
‘I was aware from the CV that I read before he started, and I worried a little bit about what’s he doing on the show?’ the business magnate confessed.
However, he soon realised that Tre, 48, was putting forward a viable business proposal, which the contestant believes will ‘create a legacy that reverberates through time’.
Lord Sugar continued: ‘He seriously was there to try to promote his wellness products.
‘So I was a little bit sceptical, but he turned out to be a very, very nice fellow, first of all, let me say that, and one of the credible candidates. Very sensible.’
Lord Sugar hasn’t given a Body Groove a listen yet… but never say never? (Picture: BBC)
So has Lord Sugar had a chance to listen to Body Groove?
‘No, I’m afraid I passed on that one,’ The Apprentice star quipped.
Released 24 years ago, Body Groove features vocals by Nay Nay and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.
The official music video for the track has 404,000 views on YouTube, while the song has been streamed more than 32.4million times on Spotify.
In 2020, rapper Dizzee Rascal released the song Body Loose featuring Ella Eyre, which sampled Body Groove and boasts a million views on YouTube, as well as millions of streams on the music platform.
Viewers will have to tune in to see how Tre does on the show (Picture: Fremantlemedia Limited)
Tre explained that his career turned upside down when he had to give up DJing, due to suffering from severe tinnitus.
‘I decided to monetise something else I loved – working out,’ he recollected.
‘I created a personal training and wellbeing business. I got my level three PT qualification, where it quickly dawned on me that in the world of personal training, PTs I spoke to were far more interested in poaching clients, than being part of a brand.’
He added that he’s ‘different’ to other candidates in the process, being ‘slightly older’ and ‘from a creative background’.
‘I have proven success, and I am utterly passionate about impacting people’s lives. I believe this is a proven formula for massive success,’ he added.
The Apprentice returns next Thursday at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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