All-Star Season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” Begins Sunday Night
(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice returns for its sixth season on Sunday night, but with a new twist.
For the first time, the competition is inviting back past contestants for an “all-star” season. Fourteen celebrities will compete for Trump, including 2010 Celebrity Apprentice champ Bret Michaels, 2008 runner-up Trace Adkins, the always-wacky Gary Busey, Deal or No Deal model Claudia Jordan, actress Marilu Henner, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman.
Adkins says he’s going into the show with a different mindset than the one he had when he last competed on The Celebrity Apprentice. He explains, “I did change my strategy, ’cause the first time I was on there, I didn’t have a strategy. I didn’t know what I was doing. I’d never watched The Apprentice before….I got there, and I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
Jordan is also taking a new approach — she tells ABC News Radio that during the upcoming season, she’s going to “stand up for myself a lot more [and] not be afraid to throw someone under the bus that deserves it.”
Henner learned a few pointers from former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan that she’ll implement in the upcoming season. “You have to make sure your entire team knows all the rules, exactly what the objective of the task is, who’s going to be assigned what and really pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of everyone,” she tells ABC News Radio.
In contrast, Rodman isn’t changing his strategy at all. “I mean it won’t be that much different. It’s just think it’s more like me having fun this time,” he said. “It’s going to be more of a…comic relief than anything this time because I’m just going to laugh at everybody.”
As usual, the stars will be divided into two teams as they attempt to raise money for their respective charities. The ultimate goal for each contestant is to win the grand prize: a bonus donation of 250 thousand dollars.
Trump will rely on his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — plus Celebrity Apprentice alumni Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers and John Rich — to serve as his advisers.
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, the 14th season in The Apprentice franchise, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Here’s a list of celebrities who will return to Trump’s boardroom:
* Trace Adkins, country singer
* Stephen Baldwin, actor, brother of Alec
* Gary Busey, Oscar-nominated actor
* Marilu Henner, former Taxi star
* La Toya Jackson, singer, sister of Michael
* Penn Jillette, magician
* Lil Jon, rapper
* Claudia Jordan, Deal or No Deal model
* Omarosa, rose to fame as season-one Apprentice contestant
* Bret Michaels, Poison frontman
* Lisa Rinna, actress
* Brande Roderick, model
* Dennis Rodman, former NBA star
* Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman
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