Saira Khan says The Apprentice contestants need a "kick up the bum"

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Former Apprentice star Saira Khan has branded the show's current candidates as "too lame" and needing a "kick up the bum".

The businesswoman, 46, who was runner-up in the reality show's first ever series in 2005, predicted that only IT consultant Karthik Nagesan stood a chance of winning Lord Sugar's investment.

Speaking at her home near Oxford, she told Hello! Magazine: "There's nobody that makes me think, 'Wow, you're fantastic'. All this year's girls are too lame, lack confidence and need a kick up the bum."

Saira airs her views on this year's candidates.
Saira airs her views on this year's candidates (Hello!Magazine/PA)

"When I took part, I was loud, competitive and took the bull by the horns. I wanted to win.

"As for the guys, Paul is a moody whiner and Sofiane reminds me of a flash in the pan 1970s salesman.

"The only hopeful is Karthik because he's fun and enthusiastic and works in IT, which I know interests Lord Sugar."

Saira, who is married to internet marketing manager Steve Hyde, recently launched Fruits of Kashmir - an organic face oil inspired by her mother's Himalayan heritage.

The entrepreneur is also a busy mum.
The entrepreneur is also a busy mum (Ian Nicholson/PA)

She also told the magazine she is considering adopting a child.

Already the biological mother to her eight-year-old son, Zac, the entrepreneur adopted her five-year-old daughter Amara from a Pakistani orphanage when she was a baby.

"Zac and Amira keep asking for a little brother or sister," she said, "so next time, we'll adopt a toddler.

"Our family means the world to us and we've got so much more love to give."

:: Read the full interview in this week's Hello!