Jonathan Yabut nailed the last challenge of “The Apprentice Asia” making him the first ever winner of the reality TV series as announced by AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes, the show’s host, during the program’s finale episode on Wednesday, July 31.
Yabut bested Singaporean lawyer Andrea Loh during the final episode and 11 other contestants from all over the region including fellow Filipino contestant Celina Le Neindre who was fired on week 7.
As the first “Apprentice Asia” winner, Yabut bagged a one-year work contract with a salary of at least $100,000.
Here’s a recap of the final episode from AXN:
- Jonathan’s poster was criticised by AirAsia Foundation head Yap Mun Ching for having more negatives than positives, but Yap liked the idea of getting guests to sign on the poster.
- Andrea fumbled with the speech during the cocktail event, failing to get the guests’ attention. However, Yap felt that Andrea brought across the message of the AirAsia Foundation better.
- Jonathan conducted the auction well, however he was criticised for picking safe items that failed to attract the attention of the guests.
- Andrea fumbled during the auction again. She lost track of bids and conducted herself in a casual and unprofessional manner. However, her items attracted high bids, which the crowd gave a standing ovation to.
- The six fired team members that helped out in the task were brought back to the boardroom, and were asked to provide their feedback on Andrea and Jonathan.
- After the fired candidates left the boardroom, Fernandes pointed out that Andrea had a better winning record (6-2, 1-1 record as Project Manager, 1 time in bottom 3) compared to Jonathan (4-4, 0-1 record as Project Manager, 3 times in bottom 3).
- Jonathan pointed out that statistics are just numbers, and that even in his losses and Andrea’s wins, he was a strong team member. Andrea felt that the statistics proved well that she had the versatility to do well in a wide range of tasks.
- Andrea pointed out that on several occasions, Jonathan did not step up to be the Project Manager even though the task played to his strengths in marketing and branding.
- Jonathan defended himself by arguing that he was a good team player by allowing others to be Project Manager instead of wasting time fighting over who should fill that position, and that he brought out the best in all his team members. He also pointed out Andrea’s lack of positivity as a weakness, as she would shoot down ideas that she didn’t like.
- Jonathan argued that he was a better candidate than Andrea because he brought the best out of his team members, together with strong passion, leadership, adaptability and resilience.
- Andrea pointed out that she had greater potential, the right balance of intellect and emotion, and the drive to win.
- Fernandes asked for his advisors’ opinions on who should he hire. Kathleen Tan felt that Jonathan had better people skills, bringing out the best in people, and wondered if Andrea’s emotions would be a hindrance in AirAsia. On the other hand, Mark Lankester felt that Andrea had more potential, the qualities of an apprentice, and that she would be a better leader.
Fired: Andrea Loh Ern-Yu
Hired: Jonathan Allen Yabut “Jon”