The Apprentice 2016: Alana Spencer almost quit after the second week

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Alana Spencer has revealed she was close to quitting the The Apprentice 2016 just three weeks in.

The now finalist says she found the show much more difficult than she expected, leaving her confidence knocked.

"I think I applied for the show thinking I had a good chance of getting to the final," Alana confessed ahead of tonight's show. "I have a business that I feel is a strong small business, so I went in feeling positive.

"Obviously my confidence got a little bit knocked at the beginning, but by final five I was back to myself again."

The baker admitted: "[I considered quitting in] week three before going into the Boardroom for the candy task," she explained. "I just knew that if I didn't win, that I was going home, and I was just emotionally drained at that point.

"I did come close [to quitting]. Luckily, I had Fran and Grainne there to pick me back up – and thank goodness I didn't!"

Her rival in tonight's final on the other hand was rather more confident.

Courtney Wood told DigitalSpy: "When I applied, I had no doubts – I felt that I could win it. And then as soon as we filmed those first two episodes, I was like, 'This is going to be so much harder than I thought it would be'.

"But I was still always confident that I could get to this stage – I just think from the first early tasks I underestimated how difficult the whole process would be."

The Apprentice 2016 final airs tonight on BBC One from 9PM.

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