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The Celebrity Apprentice (US) – returns on FOX8 to Wednesdays from tonight

Donald Trump returns to Wednesdays on FOX8 at 9.35pm with 18 celebs in the running for the Celebrity Apprentice title. But to be perfectly honest, I can only recognise two names out of the long list… And they both happen to be gay!

I know I shouldn’t bag out the other ‘celebs’ just because I haven’t heard of them, but shows like this generally get D-grade, unemployed retirees anyway, so I don’t really have an opinion on most of these contestants.

The celebrities will be divided in two groups: the men’s team Unanimous and the women’s team Forte. Now, I know it’s always been gender versus gender on this show, but I’m just getting a bit sick of it, especially with other programs like The Biggest Loser Australia and Survivor: One World already doing the same thing this year. We’re not in the playground anymore and there’s certainly no need to split the group in that way.

In the male team are the only two celebs I’ve heard of: American Idol alumni Clay Aiken, 32, and Star Trek actor George Takei, 74. Joining them are Indycar legend, Michael Andretti, 49; comedian Adam Carolla, 47; actor Lou Ferrigno, 60; former talk-show host Arsenio Hall, 55; magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame, 56; rock star Dee Snider, 56, and American Chopper actor Paul Teutul, Sr., 62.

Meanwhile, the female team includes 39 year-old Teresa Giudice, who is best known for her role in a another reality TV show: Real Housewives of New Jersey. Also in team Forte are Grammy Award-winner and actress Tia Carrere, 45; pop icon Debbie Gibson, 41; author Victoria Gotti, 49; comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, 50; Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, 25; pop star Aubrey O’Day, 27; actress Patricia Velaquez, 41, and supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, 64.

Now looking at that list, the average age is 48 and maybe even higher if some of them are lying about their birthyear!

Watch the celebrities vie for the grand prize of $250,000 for their chosen charity in the latest season of The Celebrity Apprentice airing tonight at 9.35pm on FOX8 (it’s on now!)


1 Mahlia { 02.23.12 at 7:59 am }

I love this show. It exposes the ‘celebrities’ in a way their publicist never intended. Divine!

2 Injera { 02.23.12 at 9:50 am }

Ah, Anthony, you make me feel so very elderly! I think I’ve even seen Penn Jillette live when I lived in London… and I used to (for reasons unremembered) watch the Arsenio Hall show. Thing is, even though I have heard of many of the celebs, I certainly wouldn’t have recognised some of them *cough*Dee Snider*cough*.

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4 Lebay { 02.23.12 at 2:49 pm }

Thanks for getting a damned Debbie Gibson song stuck in my head for the first time since 1989!
If you say jump
I’ll say how high,
If you say run,
I’ll run and fly,
Just for the chance,
Just for the moment,
Should the moment pass us by.
Im sure massive amounts of alcohol will fix this!

5 Reality Raver { 02.23.12 at 3:41 pm }

Lebay – I am going for Debbie Gibson, but it looks like her face has been stuck in the 80’s as well. Where do these people find their plastic surgeons?