The Apprentice Asia

The Apprentice Asia is an Asian reality game show that was broadcast from June until July 2013.[1] In this show, a group of aspiring young businesspeople compete for the chance to work with the host of the show, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes. Dubbed as “The World’s Toughest Job Interview,” the show is the Asian version of the original American show, The Apprentice. It was aired on AXN Asia and produced by FremantleMedia Asia, All American Television, Turner and Saban International.[2]

The Apprentice Asia
The Apprentice Asia logo.jpg
Created byTony Fernandes
Directed byTony Fernandes
Presented byTony Fernandes
StarringRob Jesudason
Mark Lankester
Kathleen Tan
Voices ofTony Fernandes
Narrated byTony Fernandes
Country of originMalaysia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes11-episode.
Producer(s)Tony Fernandes
Production location(s)Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Running time1-hour
Production company(s)All American Television
Saban International
DistributorFremantleMedia Asia
Original networkAXN Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand)
TV3 (Malaysia)
DZBB-7 (Philippines)
Mediacorp Channel 5/HD5 (Singapore)
MCOT HD (Thailand)
TVB Pearl (Hong Kong, Macau)
SINDOtv (Indonesia)
Picture formatSDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
DVB-T (Digital UHF)
HDTV (1080i 16:9)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Datasat Digital 5.1
Sony Digital 5.1
First shown in22 May 2013
Original releaseOriginal series:
22 May 2013 - 31 July 2013
Revived series:
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After the last show, Tony Fernandes hired contestant Jonathan Allen Yabut of the Republic of Philippines, a senior product manager. Andrea Loh Ern-Yu, a civil-and-commercial litigation lawyer, of Singapore was the runner-up.[3][4] Yabut beat eleven finalists, winning a one-year contract and a six-figure salary job in Fernandes' airline, AirAsia.[5]


The Apprentice Asia was hosted by magnate Tony Fernandes, who was later joined by Mark Lankester, CEO of the Tune Hotels’ Group, Rob Jesudason, finance executive, and Kathleen Tan, CEO of Expedia Asia. The role of the hosts in this show is to analyze what went wrong with the contestants' strategies and business outcomes, and to determine which team member of the losing team should be "fired" from the show.[2][6]

The season started with 12 contestants, six men and six women from across Asia. All of the participants had been successful in various enterprises, including restaurant management, IT, and sales. During the show, the contestants lived communally in a suite in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they were divided into two teams based on their gender. Each week, Fernandes assigned the teams a task. Each team selected a "project manager" to lead them in the week's assigned task. The winning team received a reward, while the losing team faced a boardroom showdown with Fernandes and two of his associates in order to determine which team member would be fired. Elimination proceeded in two stages. In the first stage, Fernandes confronted the losing team and required the week's project manager to select two additional team members which the project manager believed were most responsible for the loss. The rest of the team was dismissed (allowed to go back up to the suite, because they were safe to stay for the next round), and the project manager and the two other selected members faced a final confrontation several minutes later in which Fernandes fired one of the three.


Initially both teams, or "corporations", were divided by their gender.

Color key
  •      Team Mavericks (Men)
  •      Team Apex (Women)
Contestant Age Background Origin Original Teams Week 3 Teams Week 5 Teams Result Episode Date
Jonathan Allen Yabut[7] 27[2] Senior Manager[2] Philippines Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks Hired (Finale) 31 July 2013
Andrea Loh Ern-Yu[8] 25[8] Lawyer[8] Singapore Apex Mavericks Mavericks Fired (Finale) 31 July 2013
Alexis Lothar Bauduin 29 Company Director China Mavericks Mavericks Apex Fired (Week 9) 17 July 2013
Samuel Rufus Nallaraj 37 Company Vice-President India Mavericks Mavericks Apex Fired (Week 9) 17 July 2013
Dian Krishna Mukti[9] 36 Homemaker & Miss Universe Indonesia 2003[9] Indonesia Apex Apex Mavericks Fired (Week 8) 10 July 2013
Celina Le Neindre[7] 30[2] F&B Consultant[2] Philippines Apex Apex Apex Fired (Week 7) 3 July 2013
Nazril Idrus[10] 38 Financial Coach[10] Malaysia Mavericks Mavericks Mavericks Fired (Week 6) 26 June 2013
Nik Aisyah Amirah Binti Mansor[11] 25[11] Auditor[11] Malaysia Apex Apex Apex Fired (Week 5) 19 June 2013
Ningku Lachungpa[12] 29[12] Company Director[12] India Apex Apex Fired (Week 4) 12 June 2013
Dussadee Oeawpanich 35 Restaurateur Thailand Apex Apex Quit (Week 3) 5 June 2013
Hanzo Ng Kian Tat 34 Business Owner Malaysia Mavericks Fired (Week 2) 29 May 2013
Hendy Setiono[13] 30[13] Founder & CEO F&B Company[13] Indonesia Mavericks Fired (Week 1) 22 May 2013

Weekly elimination resultsEdit

Elimination chart based on the per week results
Candidates Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Finale
Alexis Lothar Bauduin BR IN IN WIN BR IN LOSE IN FIRED
Dian Krishna Mukti IN IN IN BR IN BR WIN FIRED
Nik Aisyah Amirah Binti Mansor WIN IN BR IN FIRED
Ningku Lachungpa IN IN BR FIRED
Dussadee Oeawpanich IN WIN QUIT
Hanzo Ng Kian Tat IN FIRED
Hendy Setiono FIRED
References [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [3][23]
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International broadcastsEdit

The Apprentice Asia is expected to broadcast in all parts of Asia via the cable channel Sony Pictures Television International. Additionally, other local free-to-air channels aired the series.

Country of Broadcast Broadcasting Station Broadcasting Channel Start Date End Date Aired UTC Dubbing Subtitle

  Sri Lanka

Sony Pictures Television International AXN Asia 22 May 2013 31 May 2013 Wednesday at 20:00 WIB +07:00 English Subtitle in various languages in Southeast Asia
Wednesday at 21:00 MST/SST/PST/HKT +08:00
  Malaysia Media Prima Television Networks (Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad) TV3 1 August 2013 11 October 2013 Saturday at 00:30 MST Malaysian
  Thailand MCOT MCOT HD Saturday at 00:30 TST +07:00 Thai
  Indonesia SINDOMedia (Media Nusantara Citra) SINDOtv 31 May 2013 16 August 2013 Friday at 21:03 WIB[24] +07:00 Indonesian
Friday at 22:03 WITA[24] +08:00
  Philippines GMA Network DZBB-7 Friday at 22:00 PST Tagalog/Filipino
  Singapore Mediacorp TV Channel 5/HD5 1 August 2013 11 October 2013 Friday at 22:00 SST Chinese
  Hong Kong TVB TVB Pearl 1 October 2013 11 October 2013 Weekday at 20:00 HKT
  Vietnam VTC Let's Viet/VTC9 23 June 2013 1 September 2013 Sunday at 21:30 VST +07:00 Vietnamese


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  24. ^ a b After SINDO Round Up is an Indonesian headline news bulletin programme on SINDOtv every hours for 3-minutes with 1-news update.

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