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The Apprentice 4, Episode 9 Extras: The It Factorby Jenn Brasler -- 11/21/2005
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Included in this week’s extras are videos of Jide and Levi’s songs, as well as audio clips of songs from two other singers the candidates could have chosen. I won’t be recapping those, since this isn’t American Idol and I slept in the day we had our class on recapping music videos at RNO Headquarters.
Capital Edge discusses their team in the suite. We see Clay act all put-upon again. I’m so sick of him.
Elsewhere in the suite, Randal tells Rebecca that he’s not surprised that Brian was fired, but he’s shocked over Marshawn’s ouster. Really? They note that anyone could go next. Rebecca explains to us that they decided not to tell Capital Edge that Brian and Marshawn were both fired. They want the other team to think that they’re still in the Boardroom so they can’t use the night to plot. I think they’ll figure it out pretty quickly, though.
On the balcony, Clay pretty much begs Randal to let him join Excel. Okay, not really, but he makes it very clear that he wants to leave Capital Edge. He thinks that his team not giving him an exemption means that he’s not welcome there. He says that he’ll work hard to go over to Excel and prove to Trump that he’s good. In the kitchen, Clay speaks to Rebecca, who easily agrees to let him come over to Excel. She interviews that Clay is motivated and knows that Trump will be watching him, so he’ll work hard.
Trump Lesson of the Week. Ho-hum.
Capital Edge meets with the XM executives. Adam tells them that he has some singing experience. He says that they met with Levi, their producer, and their songwriter. Felisha tells Levi that after they met him, they knew they wanted to go with him. Adam asks Levi about his history so they can figure out what the song should be about. Levi starts talking about how great his friends are and how much you rely on them when you’re a struggling musician. Felisha interviews that they didn’t want to change Levi, just amplify him. The “nothing can be everything” concept comes out and everyone loves it. Felisha interviews that music is about making you feel something.
Levi practices. Felisha is right in there with him and the other musicians, acting like she does this all the time. She’s taking to this very quickly. Felisha interviews that she never realized how much work it takes to record music. She’s impressed with herself for producing. At some point the song starts turning a little jazzy, which Felisha knows wouldn’t fit the station. She brings up the issue and tells the musicians that it needs to be more pop rock. Alla is happy that Felisha noticed this problem and did something about it. We see Levi and the others recording. Felisha is still changing little things like a real music executive. The whole team really likes the song. Adam says that this was about spotting the “it factor,” which is what Trump is doing with the candidates. Adam wants the song to evoke emotion and passion. The candidates participate in a little jam session and afterwards someone comments, “Not bad for a bunch of white people.” Ha!
Excel prepares for their presentation. Clay is annoying.
Rebecca doesn’t like Clay’s behavior. We see Excel’s presentation. Randal screwed up the poster.
Capital Edge gets their reward. Trump: “I rock.” Alla: “Trump loves New York.” Trump: “Actually, I own New York. Have I mentioned how much land I own here?”
Back in the suite, Rebecca asks Adam what it’s like to be in the Boardroom with Clay. She especially wants to know what he says about project managers he’s worked with. Adam warns that Clay won’t hold back. Rebecca just wants to confirm that Clay isn’t honest and will fight dirty. She knows that she might go home because of him. Adam says that Clay is all about strategy. He wanted to be a member of Excel, so he manipulated Rebecca and Randal. He notes that 17 people can’t all be wrong about Clay.
Boardroom time! Trump asks who wrote Excel’s song. Rebecca says it was a group effort. Clay’s creativity (or lack thereof) is discussed. Clay says that he tried to find out Jide’s musical style, and in doing so, he discovered that he was a middle child. In discussing the style of the song, Clay says that Rebecca likes hip-hop and R&B. Randal says that he does, too. Trump asks what Clay likes; he likes R&B and soul. The group discusses the “what about me?” line. More about Clay’s creativity and his problems working with teams. Trump says that Rebecca is always honest but Clay is difficult. He brought Rebecca and Randal down with him.
Trump asks Rebecca why she wanted to be the project manager on this task, since the project manager gets nothing out of leading (since the exemptions are now gone). Rebecca says that she wanted to step up, since she hasn’t for a while. She’s been praised for the past three tasks, but she doesn’t feel like she really stepped up during them. She also liked the concept of producing a song. She wishes, however, that this task had come after her cast was off. Carolyn asks if Rebecca wanted to be the project manager because she had the worst record out of her, Randal, and Clay. (Not like that’s hard, since Randal has won twice as PM.) Rebecca says it just sounded like a good project.
Carolyn asks how long it took the group to come up with their presentation. Rebecca says that she came up with the story first but Clay shot her down. Clay says it was a bad idea and Rebecca was telling too much. All three agree that Jide was a great artist, and Randal thought he had the it factor. Rebecca says that Clay didn’t want Jide to speak. Carolyn calls that a dumb idea. Clay says maybe it was dumb, but it was one of just a few, small mistakes he made. Trump asks whose decision it was to leave Jide outside the room. Rebecca says it was hers, since she wanted him to have an entrance, but Clay screwed it up.1 2 Next-->
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