Tuesday, November 20, 2007
– Will Trace Adkins soon be working with Donald Trump? That may seem like strange bedfellows, but the towering country singer is 1 of 14 contestants on Celebrity Apprentice, which starts in January 2008.
Carol Alt, Stephen Baldwin, Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, who is married to Rascal Flatts's Joe Don Rooney, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Lennox Lewis, Piers Morgan, Omarosa, Tito Ortiz, Vincent Pastore, and Gene Simmons of Kiss will face off against in each other in a charity-driven version of the show.
Contestants will not be vying for a job with Trump, but the celebrity contestants will raise more than a million dollars for their various charities throughout the season. Not only will the final winner be crowned the first 'Celebrity Apprentice,' but he or she will also deliver a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.
All 14 celebrities will be competing in business driven tasks around New York City, using their fame along with their proven business acumen to win challenges, while ultimately raising money and awareness for their respective causes.
Just as in the regular "Apprentice," the celebrities will be subjected to long hours, grueling mental challenges, personality clashes, and intense scrutiny - all without the help of their regular support system of agents, managers, and personal assistants.
Certain tasks encourage the contestants to reach out to their network of celebrity contacts for assistance or donations.
"This will be the most exciting season of 'The Apprentice' yet - maybe even better than Season One. Our 14 celebrity contestants are incredible individually, and as a group, they will make 'The Celebrity Apprentice' one of the hottest shows on television. I promise you a fantastic new season," said Donald J. Trump, executive producer of "The Celebrity Apprentice."
The tasks will be judged by Trump and his advisors in the boardroom. Returning back to the boardroom are Trump's children (and colleagues) Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., alongside longtime Trump Organization employee and "Apprentice" advisor George Ross. In a new twist, the boardroom will feature a "rotating seat," allowing a variety of famous business leaders and industry experts to join Trump in spirited judgment on tasks for the first time in the series.