The BBC show started off with a bang tonight, when online cosmetics retailer Danny was the first to be fired by the ruthless Lord Alan Sugar after a disastrous attempt at being project manager.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the 32-year-old revealed that amid the chaos, it would have been far too difficult for James and Jade to strike up a budding romance.
“Oh no, god no, we were far too busy to worry about anything like that,” he said firmly.
A source had originally told The Sun: “Tension had been building between James and Jade during filming. There was clearly an attraction from the beginning. They’re both young and attractive people and they really got along during the process.
“They couldn’t resist getting to know each other that bit better during their time in the house, and afterwards they kept things going for a while, but relations have cooled off between them since filming ended.”
The Kent contestant also confessed that despite the stress of the boys’ first task’s spectacular failure, having to go up against Lord Sugar and his trusted advisers Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner was more challenging.
“Honestly I was sweating,” he admitted. “You know, everyone knows about Lord Sugar and what he’s done and achieved and what he can do for your business.
“It is quite nerve-wracking, I mean I’ve never pitched myself to a billionaire before, that’s definitely a first.”
However, Danny found Karren the most intimidating of them all, as he continued: “I found that she’s got a death stare and it felt like it was burning a hole in the back of my head, or the top of my head. I was trying not to look at her, [thinking] just don’t make eye contact. They know what they’re doing and they’re so sharp.”
Sore from his early eviction, he added that he thinks Charles Burns should have gone in his place and Lord Sugar might end up regretting his decision.
He said: “Lord Sugar doesn’t get a great deal of time to decide because we’re sitting right in front of him and he’s got to choose it quickly. He might one day think ‘God I made a bad move there’.”