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Celebrity Apprentice Australia – Looks Like It Is Going To Be A Good Season

“Just because I am not around don’t think that I don’t know what is going on.” declared Mark Bouris at the beginning of the new season of Celebrity Apprentice Australia.  Then why does he have to watch the series before he decides on a winner?

Even the though cast is a bit sports person heavy it looks like it is going to be a great season of Celebrity Apprentice, because of course we actually watch it to see them raise money for charity, to see the conflict and that has already started.

Roxy Jacenko is proving she is going to be one of the stars of the series as she knows the formula of what needs to be done to stay on the show which is raise lots of money plus provide some drama. She provided both last night raising the most cash on her team and also having a crack at Prue MacSween and Stephanie Rice. I suspect that is only the start.

As with all celebrities there was a lot of egos in the room but the biggest by far were Dawn Fraser and Jeff Fench. They immediately placed themselves at the front of the line when host Mark Bouris asked them to line up from the most famous to the least. What was Prue MacSween doing being put third most people don’t know who she is.

The bad news for Dawn and Jeff were they were now annointed the Project Managers of the challenge which to run a fish and chip shop on Bondi Beach.

The teams as usual were split by gender which does put then females at a disadvantage as they don’t usually have the business contacts the males have. The team names were a tad lame – the girls went with Team Supreme and the boys went with Team Fabulous, did Peter Everett choose the male name?

Dawn and Jeff had different operating styles, Dawn thought actually working in a fish and chip shop when she was younger might give her the advantage, and Jeff well he was just out of his depth.

He revealed he had never had a “proper job”, and he was struggling with trying to work out what he needed to get other people to do. Though ten minutes later he was saying to camera that he was leader.

Rob Mills quite rightly wondered if he had taken a few knocks to the head. Even Jeff does not appear to know who he is as he talks in the first person. But what Jeff did do for the viewer is tick the entertaining box.

As with these challenges the number of customers served is not going to get you the win but the corporate dollars. On the current season of Celebrity All-Stars in the USA, in one of the challenges where they had to make meatballs the male team did not even bother opening their shop to the public and they won with little effort or stress! OK they did have to put up with Gary Busey.

It was not long before the female team started fraying at the edges even though they were more focussed. Prue MacSween was meant to be helping Roxy with marketing but floated off to check out the kitchen and play with the microphone.

Also Prue would go off and do what she wanted to do like take down all the chairs outside so no one could sit. Not that it was a pleasant day for the beach as it looked like it was blowing a gale.

Prinnie and Layla were working hard, however Roxy and Dawn started getting peeved at Stephanie for not being a team playing and not pulling people in from outside and they let her know that in the board room.

The boys team told Mark Bouris that Jeff had been a great team leader even thought he wasn’t as they wanted to appear united. By the way Dermot Brerton surprised me he seems like he has some moxy and will be an entertaining cast member.

The males flogged the female team the girls raised $77, 600 whilst the guys made$121, 160. Jeff’s team also won the $5000 from Woman’s Day for best presentation. Jeff also gave $20,000 to Dawn’s charity the Sunshine Coast Riding for The Disabled. Jeff’s charity is Save Our Sons. It was good that both of their charities were for lower profile ones who can really do with the money and the national exposure.

However it was now down to who was going to get fired. Mark Bouris let Dawn off the hook and said all the girls were up for elimination as usually the Project Manager can only bring back two in with them. Everyone was throwing Prue under the bus but it was Prinnie who was eliminated.

The reason was she did not bring in much money only $3000, and did not use her The Voice connections or talent to bring in the punters of the money. However Layla from Big Brother only brought in $175, but they must have decided Layla was going to give better reality TV.

Unfortunately this year again it does not appear the producers are going to let Deborah Thomas and Dane Bouris unleash in the board room. One of the best things about the US series is Ivanka Trump and her brother telling it how it is in the board room scene.

Who do you think should have been eliminated? Did you enjoy the episode?


1 Georgie { 05.03.13 at 10:20 am }

Prue McSween spent the whole show looking like she’d been sucking lemons, but I think she needs to stay to maintain the tension. Others won’t stand up to Dawn because she’s a national icon and they would probably feel like they’d just spat on the flag.

People like Prinnie and Layla are recruited each series for the sole purpose of early termination – cannon fodder as Veroncia mentioned recently. The old guard have no concern for them either because they’re considered young upstarts who haven’t yet made it onto the D List.

Agree with Bolders #17 on Mr Bouris’ justification for eliminating Prinne. He didn’t convince me he was doing anything other than following the script.

2 Gabby { 05.03.13 at 10:54 am }

Iz2, I opened up Dalton Ross and it said Fired Celebrity this week is…, and I didn’t want to go any further as I haven’t watched this weeks show, so I was scared I would find out who got the sack. Will be sure to check it out once I have watched show.
I think they put the likes of Prinnie and Layla in as drawcards for the younger generation, as I don’t think they would have heard of most of the other contestants.

3 Carole { 05.04.13 at 8:56 pm }

Yeah, I love Dalton Ross’s recaps too. I read his Survivor ones, he is hilarious.

4 LB { 05.05.13 at 12:37 pm }

Ugh. So no repeat screening in Brisbane. Partner was away in northern WA so missed it. Our Optus is so damned dodgy that it takes 4 mins to buffer a 1 min clip, so viewing online not an option – 1997 dial up would be better than their “service”. Thankfully moving soon, so will flick them.
But pretty poor form of 9 not to repeat it on a multi channel.

5 PollyB { 05.08.13 at 9:36 am }

Layla who? She isn’t a celebrity so why is she on ‘Celebrity’ Apprentice? I love Peter Everett. I don’t know why, I just do. And Brian Mannix. I hope we get to see more of these two. Fenech, Steffensen, Rice and that non-celeb can all go please.
I think Celebrity Apprentice is about the money, whereas The Apprentice is about running the business. Celebs are there to make money for charity. The only other thing they can get is a bigger head if they are the last one standing. And let’s hope that is not Fenech!

6 Anonymous { 05.17.13 at 2:37 am }

Go Prue McSween That other person in P.R is a bully and jealous of her . You don’t have to be Einstein to work that out.

7 Jenni { 06.02.13 at 3:32 pm }

I can’t take Stephanie Rice seriously ever since her silly, not very well thought out “gay slur” she strikes me as being incredibly naive and full of herself. She is also quite the bully but riddled with insecurities. Layla, sure she is very attractive but doesn’t seem the sharpest knife in the draw. While Roxy is somewhat intimidating, she is intelligent and has the right amount of goods to win it, she is assertive but needs to watch her tongue at the best of times.

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