Celebrity Apprentice 5: Meet The Cast

A new season of Celebrity Apprentice is commencing soon, with “18 Wild Cards and One Trump Card.” Love the tagline. This will be the biggest season ever, boasting the most contestants as well as the most episodes (15 to be exact). With a very diverse cast, it look like we have another exciting season ahead to look forward to. NeNe Leakes VS. Star Jones last season = Amazing.

Trump spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the new season saying, “It’s hard to top the last few seasons but we think we’ve done it. We didn’t want to change much — we’re not looking to reinvent the show in its 12th season.” He also added, “It’s amazing the abuse they take and the kind of work they put in.” The contestants will be competing for charity, with the finale winner getting $250,000 towards their charity. Last season, Marlee Matlin beat the record for most money earned for charity on the show, bringing in $1 million in a single episode challenge! She’s certainly set the bar high for this season.

The new season will debut on February 12th. Meet the contestants below and find out what charities they’ll each be playing for.

Clay Aiken

Occupation/Known For: Former American Idol
Charity: The National Inclusion Project
My Thoughts: I wonder who he’ll think is scarier. Simon Cowell or Donald Trump?

Michael Andretti

Occupation/Known For: Retired Race Car Driver
Charity: Racing For Cancer
My Thoughts: He seems like a pretty driven guy (pun intended) so I think he’ll do well.

Adam Carolla

Occupation/Known For: Talk Show Host
Charity: Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters
My Thoughts: He’s in the Guiness Book of World Records for “Most Downloaded Podcast,” but let’s hope his teammates are willing to listen to him as well.

Lou Ferrigno

Occupation/Known For: Actor/Body Builder
Charity: Muscular Dystrophy Association
My Thoughts: He could do well, but hopefully he keeps a cool head or he may just turn into the Incredible Hulk.

Arsenio Hall

Occupation/Known For: Actor/TV Personality
Charity: Magic Johnson Foundation
My Thoughts: I’m just interested in seeing him back on television. I haven’t seen him doing anything for so long so it will be interesting to see the impression he’ll make.

Penn Jillette

Occupation/Known For: Magician/TV Personality
Charity: Opportunity Village
My Thoughts: Anyone else thing that The Donald will make him do a magic trick in the boardroom?

Dee Snider

Occupation/Known For: Twisted Sister singer
Charity: March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies
My Thoughts: I love when the crazy Rock & Roll musician is thrown into a boardroom setting. The results are often surprising!

George Takei

Occupation/Known For: Former Star Trek actor
Charity: Japanese American National Museum
My Thoughts: Everyone loves him! I think his team will too. “It’s Okay To Be Takei.” -George Takei.

Paul Teutul Sr.

Occupation/Known For: American Chopper
Charity: Make-A-Wish Foundation
My Thoughts: I’m just interested in seeing what this guy will be like. Definitely looks interesting, but I’ve never seen American Chopper so I don’t know what to expect.

Tia Carrere

Occupation/Known For: Actress
Charity: After-Schooll All-Stars
My Thoughts: She’s fierce and think she’ll be a strong competitor.

Debbie Gibson

Occupation/Known For: Singer
Charity: Children International
My Thoughts: She was and still holds the record for the the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, with her song “Foolish Beat”. Does the have the ability to beat Marlee Matlin’s record from last season?

Teresa Giudice

Occupation/Known For: Real Housewives of New Jersey
Charity: Teresa Giudice
My Thoughts: Let’s hope she lasts longer than her Real Housewives alum NeNe Leakes from last season.

Victoria Gotti

Occupation/Known For: Growing Up Gotti
Charity: Association To Benefit Children
My Thoughts: I’m actually most looking forward to her as I think she’ll be good television. I remember watching her reality show years ago and she was someone you didn’t mess with.

Lisa Lampanelli

Occupation/Known For: Comedian
Charity: Gay Men’s Health Crisis
My Thoughts: Okay, also really looking forward to her. She’s hilarious and she’s doing it for the gays!

Dayana Mendoza

Occupation/Known For: Miss Universe 2008
Charity: Latino Commission on AIDS
My Thoughts: I don’t know much about her so I don’t know what to expect. She’ll either be someone that falls under the radar or someone that is targeted from the beginning.

Aubrey O’Day

Occupation/Known For: Singer/actress/model
Charity: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
My Thoughts: Also fierce! I think she’ll do well.

Cheryl Tiegs

Occupation/Known For: Model/actress
Charity: The Farrah Fawcett Foundation
My Thoughts: I know Trump will just love her. She seems like she’ll be someone who stays clear of drama, but will she have what it takes to assert herself?

Patricia Velasquez

Occupation/Known For: Model/actress
Charity: Wayuu Taya Foundation
My Thoughts: I’m not sure what to expect from her, but a few interesting things about her are that she is considered the first Supermodel from Venezuela and is believed to be bisexual. In the past, she was openly in a relationship with comedian Sandra Bernhard.

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  • Brian

    More like “18 Wild Cards and One Joker.” Love Debbie Gibson & Tia Carrere and will be interesting to see Victoria go head to head with Teresa!

  • Perry P

    Should you really be promoting his show when he’s “for gays” but also agaisnt them.

  • CT

    I can’t stand Donald Trump, but I can’t get enough of this show, it’s great train-wreck TV. Nene vs Star Jones was great. with this season having Teresa and Victoria Gotti, I wish they would have also added Drita from Mob Wives, just so I could see what would happen

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  • zurvivor

    i cannot wait to see tia and some clay aiken in this season.

  • Marck

    Aubrey with red hair?!
    OMG, tragic!

  • Mike

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s CRAP that there a bunch of attractive women on the cast and all the guys look like ASS!! NO eye candy on this one! -___-