Two Singaporeans will take part in the upcoming season of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” which premieres on 18 March.
Alving Ang and Joy Koh will be among the 16 candidates competing for the ultimate prize – a one-year, US$250,000 contract to work under ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.
But which hometown hero will make it further on – or even win – the martial arts rendition of the hit reality show?
Let’s look at how Ang and Koh measure up in three important areas.
When it comes to business experience, Ang has a lot more than his compatriot.
He founded the Singapore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open (SBJJO), a competition for grapplers around Southeast Asia. Among other things, the role often involves Ang meeting with event sponsors
Koh, on the other hand, doesn’t have much business experience. But as a gymnastics program director, she’s worked in complex systems.
What Koh lacks in business experience, she undoubtedly makes for in athletic ability.
Ever since she was 8, the Singaporean has been doing gymnastics in one form or another – whether training or coaching.
Because of that, she’s remained in strong condition over the years.
Ang, meanwhile, was injured during his martial arts career and decided to take on a leadership role as the founder of SBBJO.
This means he may not be as well-conditioned as Koh for the physical tests.
By looking at the history of both Singaporeans, it’s easy to say that Ang and Koh possess a great deal of emotional intelligence, which will help them deal with the other candidates and possibly push them further along in the competition.
Koh was bullied and body shamed as a child in gymnastics. When she transitioned to a coaching role, she promised to uplift her students with positive reinforcement.
For his part, Ang became a monk at 7 years old, which he says helped him deal with his own uncertainties.
With all that said, it’s hard to say which candidate will make it further on “The Apprentice,” but one’s thing’s for sure – Singaporeans won’t want to miss two of their compatriots test their skills on the most challenging version of “The Apprentice” yet.
Catch the first episode of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” by tuning in to AXN on 18 March at 8:50 p.m. SGT or Mediacorp on 24 March at 11 p.m.
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