Dragons Den 2022: Who the new dragon Steven Bartlett is and where Tej Lalvani is


The Dragons are back for 2022 but the Den looks a little different for the 19th series of the hit BBC show.

As fresh entrepreneurs attempt to impress a panel of business titans with a new batch of pitches, viewers will see a shakeup to the lineup.

While Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman and Sara Davies will all return as investors, the show welcomes one new face to the Den.

The Dragons will be joined by 29-year-old Steven Bartlett, who is the youngest Dragon in the history of the show.

Who is Steven Bartlett?

Millionaire by 23, Bartlett rose to success with the marketing agency Social Chain which was a business that he set up when he was 18.

The business is now valued at a staggering $600m according to The Guardian.

Bartlett has gone on to work on new projects like Thirdweb which is a company that creates blockchain-based applications as well as the marketing platform Flight Story.

The millionaire is a university dropout and even unsuccessfully applied to be on Dragons' Den ten years ago.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “Dragons’ Den was the only window I had into business from 12 years old.

“It’s like the first time you go to New York City after seeing it in films for your entire life. But I understand what I bring. A new perspective from a new era of business.

“I feel a responsibility because there’s never been a black, young Dragon on the show.

“The most powerful role models, of course, are those that are most relatable.”

On Twitter, he promised that “a new dragon” meant “a new fire” alongside a fire emoji.

Why is Tej Lalvani leaving Dragons' Den?

Tej Lalvani . Credit: PA

Tej Lalvani joined the Den back in 2019, impressing viewers with his shroud business mind.

But the Vitabiotics CEO announced in January 2021 that he would be leaving the hit BBC programme after its last series.

During his time in the Den, Lalvani has invested nearly £2 million across the pitches.

It doesn’t look like that will have made much of a dent though as he was revealed to be worth £390million, according to the Sunday Times Rich List in May 2019.

Lalvani revealed that he would be stepping down as a Dragon to focus his time on his businesses.

Dragons' Den will air at 8pm on Thursday, January 6 on BBC One.

Region 1 sees massive ICU bed shortage


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Doctors are rushing to accommodate longer wait times and a massive bed shortage in the Intensive Care Unit, due to an onslaught of COVID-19 cases.

With only 4 ICU beds available throughout Region 1, it has been putting an incredible amount of stress on hospitals and staff.

“What becomes hard for all healthcare providers, is that when you have a limited amount of ICU beds, it’s not just about the COVID patients,” said MercyHealth’s Chief Nursing Officer Nikki Mcintosh. “It’s about the other patients that you weren’t able to care for too.”

Hospitals are slowly getting their hands on new anti-viral pills, which will help sick patients recover from COVID-19. UW Health Clinical Professor Dr. Bartho Capoli said currently the number hospitals are receiving, is a small amount, but he hopes this will remove some of the burden for health care staff.

“These are treatments, not preventions…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…do everything you can to avoid getting COVID. Vaccinate, boost, mask, social distance….all those things,” said Capoli.

Doctor Stephen Bartlett is the Chief Medical Officer at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He said they have trained staff to treat patients in other hospital units if they were to reach capacity.

“To think that there are only 4 ICU beds in the region, you know that is starting to raise some concerns,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett explained that reaching capacity could easily be avoided if the community does it’s part.

“When people get COVID, they trust the medical community to treat them. They trust the medications they’re offering, they trust and receive the active medication for the infection,” said Bartlett. “I would say…if you trust what we give you when you are infected, why don’t you trust what we give you to prevent the infection.”

Bartlett emphasized the fact that majority of the patients that are admitted to the ICU are unvaccinated. Several other healthcare workers echo the same message – to get vaccinated.

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Scene where Mob Wives star Renee Graziano ‘flipped her car while high on Adderall’ in Staten Island


Dramatic photos show the scene after reality TV star Renee Graziano was arrested for crashing her car and flipping it over while she was allegedly high on Adderall.

The 52-year-old Mob Wives star, who has reportedly battled depression and substance abuse, told police she’d taken Adderall earlier Tuesday, it is claimed.

The crash happened at 10.19pm at the intersection of Arden Avenue and Arthur Kill Road on Staten Island.

Driving a 2020 Nissan Murano with New Jersey plates, Graziano struck an unoccupied 2020 Jeep Wrangler. Her car ended up on the south side of Arthur Kill Road.

She was exiting the driver’s seat when cops arrived, sources said. She was allegedly incoherent, had watery eyes and slurred speech.

Reality TV star Renee Graziano crashed into another car and flipped her vehicle on Staten Island on Tuesday night

No one was seriously injured but Graziano was taken to a hospital to be evaluated after reportedly seeming incoherent and slurring her speech

Graziano allegedly told officers that she had taken Adderall earlier in the day and has reportedly battled depression and substance abuse in the past

Graziano was caught leaving a Staten Island police station on Wednesday after the accident

Graziano was taken to a nearby hospital to be examined, then transported to a local police precinct and charged with the misdemeanor crime of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, sources said.

No one was injured in the accident on Tuesday.

Graziano reportedly addressed the ‘bad car accident’ in a since-deleted Instagram post on Wednesday, according to Fox News.

‘I WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AS A PRECAUTION, There I was Tested, & Treated, GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE !!’ the caption read.


‘NO Matter How Hard Or Uncertain It Might Look To You.. I Face Me Daily And I have Been Through Enough In MY Life,’ she added.

Graziano said that she complied with test ‘without hesitation’ and thanked the first responders and medical professionals who helped her.

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed Graziano leaving a Staten Island police precinct after she was arrested. She claims she was released without charges.

The disheveled star was seen puffing on a cigarette outside the 123rd precinct on the south shore of Staten Island Wednesday after being detained the previous night.

On Wednesday morning, she wore a grey camo and star patterned sweatsuit and white sneakers as she lit up a cigarette before leaving in an awaiting car.

She then stopped off at a local deli where she carried two Louis Vuitton designer bags into a different car which was picking her up. Wearing her striking black framed eyeglasses, Renee also used the ATM at the deli to withdraw a wad of cash.

DailyMail.com spotted Graziano leaving through the back entrance of criminal court Wednesday.

Her sister Jenn Graziano told Page Six that her sister is ‘fine’ and recovering from the accident.

‘From what I know, the charges were dropped and therefore no judge,’ Jenn, 48, said on Thursday. ‘She is fine, but the car is most likely totaled.’

Graziano, 52, was spotted smoking a cigarette outside the 123rd precinct on the south shore of Staten Island Wednesday after being detained the previous night

She then stopped off at a local deli where she carried two Louis Vuitton designer bags into a different car which was picking her up

Wearing her striking black framed eyeglasses, Renee also used the ATM at the deli to withdraw a wad of cash

DailyMail.com spotted Graziano leaving through the back entrance of criminal court Wednesday

Graziano is the daughter of Anthony Graziano, a former consigliere of the Bonanno crime family.

She rose to fame in reality show show Mob Wives and in 2016 came in third on Celebrity Big Brother.

Graziano’s sister Jennifer created and produced the reality show, which led to an estrangement between Anthony and his daughters.

However they are said to have since reconciled.

Her ex-husband Hector Pagan Jr. is also a former associate of the Bonnano crime family and became an informant.

Graziano is the daughter of Anthony Graziano (center), a former consigliere of the Bonanno crime family

Graziano rose to fame in reality show show Mob Wives and in 2016 came in third on Celebrity Big Brother

The series ended shortly following the death of Graziano’s co-star Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola, who passed away on February 18, 2016 at the age of 55 following a battle with cancer.

That same year, Graziano reportedly entered rehab for depression.

‘She is back in Florida,’ Jenn said at the time. ‘She is getting treatment that stems from her depression and some things that she has to work out.’

‘She’s been battling depression for a while and this kind of treatment kind of digs a little deeper than what she’s done in the past.

‘So, I’m hoping she stays as long as she needs,’ her sister added.

Emissions of cats and dogs raised as issue at council meeting


THE impact of pets on carbon footprint should be considered when assessing climate emissions, a councillor has claimed.

Cllr Mark Howell raised the subject during a wide-ranging and lengthy discussion on BCP Council’s climate action annual report.

During an overview and scrutiny board meeting on January 5, he described the subject as a “big elephant in the room” and “something that people generally are not prepared to talk about”

“In this nation, especially over Covid, there has been a massive increase in the number of pets that people have,” said Cllr Howell.

The Poole Town ward councillor asked sustainability and transport portfolio holder and Conservative councillor Mike Greene if the local authority area can meet its 2050 carbon neutral “without addressing the carbon footprint and methane of pets”.

Cllr Greene said: “I can appreciate that there may be some members who would like to see dogs banned but I think it is safe to say that prior to 2050 or 2045, whenever it is, we will be looking to ensure the trajectory is correct to bring us down to net zero.”

Cllr Mike Greene

Discussing the consideration of all areas of emissions in the local authority’s climate work, Cllr Greene said: “As any more information comes forward, as we see what’s happening with other authorities, we will look to ensure that we have an all encompassing range of emissions, as all encompassing as possible.”

Cllr Howell said people were “quite dismissive” of the subject he had raised.

“There is obviously an emotional reaction as half adults in this country own pets but the average dog emits double the annual electricity carbon emissions for the average UK household and that’s before you consider a whole range of other environmental costs relating to pets, including the unsustainable nature of cat litter, all the plastic bags that people use, the cost of actually disposing of all of the litter,” said Cllr Howell.

Cllr Mark Howell

“It is a big problem which I feel should be represented within the 2050 analysis of carbon emissions.”

Asked by overview and scrutiny board chairman Cllr Stephen Bartlett if he was objecting to people having pets or if he wanted the impact of people owning pets to be taken into the scope of the calculation, Cllr Howell said: “My understanding of the analysis for the purpose of the 2050 analysis is to look at all areas that produce and impact on green house gases and I think that is one.

“But I also say we each have a personal responsibility to drive down the amount of carbon that we use and people will choose different ways of doing that but the reality is there is not really a pick and mix here because we have to do it across the board.

“There is a big issue in terms of size of pets. You don’t have to have an enormous dog, you can have a smaller dog. A cat is more efficient in some respects but cats cause enormous biodiversity problems.

“The reality is that a lot of people use these animals for emotional support rather than looking to their communities and people for emotional support.

“It is something that won’t be popular but it is something we need to address.”

Cllr Stephen Bartlett

Cllr Bartlett, an independent, said: “I am going to move on from that because I think you are into some pretty dangerous territory there.

“Being prescriptive on how big ones pets should or should not be and you are right it is the elephant in the room and if there were a few of them we would have a bigger problem I think is what you are saying.”

Following the meeting and a reaction on social media, Cllr Howell released a video on Facebook explaining his position.

I was mocked on Dragons’ Den and left with nothing


A SCOTS entrepreneur who was snubbed on Dragons' Den has proved everyone wrong - by selling out of his ‘pointless’ product.

Product designer Grant Bruce, 27, failed to secure an investment after pitching his tiny magnetic keyring torch on the BBC show.

2 Grant Bruce failed to impress the dragons with his product Credit: BBC

2 Sarah Davies said the torch wasn’t innovative or credible Credit: BBC

The Borders-based inventor was slammed by Sara Davies and viewers who were unimpressed with the £25.99 price tag.

But months later his LUUMEN keyring flashlight is flying off the shelves - and is so popular it won’t be restocked until April.

On last night’s episode Grant offered the Dragons a 20% stake in his firm, Flux Choice Ltd, for £40,000.

He said his pint-sized gadget could be used to change a tyre in the dark and is popular with people ‘in trade’.

New Dragon Steven Bartlett, who has replaced Tej Lalvani for the show’s 19th series, said the product was “pointless” because people have torches on their phones.

Touker Suleyman simply said the keyring gizmo was “overpriced.”

Crafting company founder Davies hit out with the heaviest criticism saying: “This is really nice and you are really cute but it’s a keyring with a light on for 25 quid.

“Toukar said it was really credible. It’s not.

“Peter said it’s really innovative. It’s not.

“They’re just being nice back to you because you’re cute and this is nice.

“But it’s not an investable proposition.

“And I don’t want you to go and spend more money on… this.

“I think you’re a great product engineer, but you need to invent products that people really need at a value that people are prepared to pay.

“And this is none of that today. So it’s definitely not something I can invest in.”

The lack of faith in the product meant the mechanical engineering graduate left the Den without any cash.

And it wasn’t just the Dragons that were underwhelmed.

One Twitter user wrote: “If I had a spare £25 it’s not going on a key ring torch.”

Another added: “Some lad trying to flog a keyring torch for 23 quid?! Is he having a laugh?”

Whilst one viewer said: “I am totally behind this torch invention. Looks great for those of us living in dark rural areas, who also have frequent power cuts!

“Most keyring torches are rubbish and phones are too important/valuable to use as an outdoor torch.”

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