Celebrity Apprentice Australia – An Good Warm Up Episode
The first episode of Celebrity Apprentice Australia was like the warm up for what is to come for the following episodes. We can see there is going to be conflict between Dicko and Ben Dark, and also Tania Zaetta with what looks like everyone.
For someone with a chequered career she does appear to have very healthy self esteem.
“Did you know I did Baywatch?” she said again and again. She probably needed to keep reminding everyone of this as it was the last time she appeared on an Australian TV screen.
Fortunately for her David Hasselhoff is extremely diplomatic and said “it was a long time ago and we didn’t really work that much together so I don’t really know Tania”.
Though to be fair to Tania she was not the only one of the so called celebs who thought their profile was higher then it was.
Jason Akermanis said “As famous as I am around Australia… ” Newsflash I had barely heard of him and definitely would not recognise him in the street.
The first challenge was to Pamper Pooches or dogs, and they had to do their prep in doggie day care. In fact I did not think it was a great advertisement for doggie daycare as the dogs just ran around in a room with a cement floor and that was where they had to toilet as well. No wonder when the girls team walked in it stank.
The guys team was made up of The Hoff, Dicko, Ben Dark, Vince Sorrenti, Jason Akermanis and Nathan Joliffe. The girls team was Patty Newton, Marion Grasby, Fiona O’Loughlin, Charlotte Dawson, Lauryn Eagle, and Tania Zaetta.
Marion thought that Dicko was one of the bigger egos on the show, clearly she has not met Ben Dark before.
Also Nathan thought Dicko was the backstabber of the group.
The twist was the guys had to pick the girl team captain, and vice versa. The girls picked The Hoff thinking because he is such a celebrity he would be too distracted by people coming up to him to be able to manage properly.
The guys team picked Tania Zaetta to be project manager and she took the job very seriously indeed.
The girls after a heated debate called themselves Team Fortune. Charlotte Dawson must have downloaded a latin app onto her ipad as she was coming out with some names with gravitas, however the only problem no one knew what they meant.
Team Platinum was the guys team name, and Dicko said it worked for them as it reminded them of a lap dancing bar.
Now let’s talk about The Hoff. He was very impressive and is clearly taking his role on the show seriously. He is not just dialling it in, however he was on the show doing a lot of PR. He was everywhere, on the phone, swimming at Bondi, and considering he only flew in the day prior his energy did not flag. Also props have to be given for the Hoff Dog phrase.
On the day of the challenge, the guys team charged $500 for a wash, and the girls charged $100 but these challenges are all about the corporate donations most of the time not what happens on the ground.
The girls were getting a lot of dogs to wash in fact Patti Newton was working like a dog apparently she ended up scrubbing thirty dogs.
Lauryn Eagle was running around in a bikini which personally I think is a tad demeaning and unnecessary but she did have a rocking body.
Fiona was struggling her only donation fell through and then she went across to the guys team to try and negotiate a quarter of their earnings as that is what she thought how much they had the advantage of having The Hoff. They obviously declined to negotiate on this issue.
Considering there is that saying never to work with children or animals, there was very little drama from the dogs. The main dramatics came from Charlotte Dawson when she had to pick up a dog poop, other then that there was no leg humping or dog biting.
In the boardroom it was revealed Tania and Dicko raised the most money individually which was over $45000 each.
Also in the board room Mark Bouris was joined by his son Dane Bouris, and Deborah Thomas. Now Dane at this stage is showing he is no Ivanka Trump or even Donald Jr, however it was his first episode so he would have been feeling nervous.
Mark Bouris was determined to stir up trouble and asked what Charlotte thought of Tania Zaetta. She said she thought she was going to be all show no go, but she was extraordinary. Most of the other team mates agreed.
Well except for Lauryn who said “I don’t really work well under the conditions under a person who is controlling and domineering”. Which is interesting considering there were rumours her ex-boyfriend was exactly like that.
Fiona admitted she put all her eggs in the one basket and once she got one donation she went on washing dogs, however it did not come through and she was now vulnerable.
The guys team were asked whether they relied on The Hoff was being too much of a celeb and not project managing. Dicko defended the guys team strategy and said “If Elvis comes and joins the band you don’t give him a tambourine and stick him up the back.”
And as The Hoff said he may not have the corporate connections here but “use me, use me, use me”.
Nathan Joliffe surprising brought in the biggest single donation out of all contestants it was Zhu Shoes and his former girlfriend, Erin McNaught was there as well. To get the money the guys had to put on heels, but as a publicity stunt it did not match the Pauline Hanson in underpants one that was the first challenge of the previous series of Celebrity Apprentice.
Unfortunately for the girls they raised $88287 to the guys $143,362 which meant The Hoff gave $231,649 to the Starlight Foundation. His work here is done…
Back in the board room it was revealed Charlotte raised $5500, Marion raised $2000, Fiona raised $325, Tania raised$49,000, Patti $17,000, and Lauryn raised $14,000.
The other issue that was discussed was the price point of their dog wash. It was an issue the girls were charging $400 less than the guys. Marion defended it by saying they had not wanted to make it prohibitive, however as Dicko said as they were watching it via TV that was exactly the point of it.
Tania brought in Lauryn and Fiona back into the boardroom with her and Fiona was fired. Mark Bouris really had no other choice.