Celebrity Apprentice Australia – Stephanie Rice Won
It was a lacklustre final episode of Celebrity Apprentice Australia with the producers trying to make it a feel good episode for the final four contestants after all the bitching and fighting we had seen in the previous weeks. This was good news was Don Boscu House clientele of homeless youths as they will be the ones to reap benefits from this.
In the end Stephanie Rice took out the win, with conspiracy theorists wondering if her contract with the NINE Network gave her the advantage and why she got a good edit throughout the series.
Roxy Jacenko was the most worthy winner but the series villain was never going to take out first place. She raised a lot of money and also project managed a lot of the challenges making sure that everything went as smoothly as possible. Even in this last episode she gave practical assistance to a single mum who wants to become a photographer. She arranged a great new camera and also money to be put in trust to pay for child care so she can study.
When Mark Bouris fired her he told Roxy that he could teach John Steffenson and Stephanie Rice much more then her as his apprentices.
However these “apprenticeships” lasted all of five minutes before the winner was announced. Stephanie Rice won $100,000 for her charity the Heart’s Foundation Skip For Life, but she gave $10,000 to each of the contestant’s charities that had not won a cent. She seems like a nice person and indeed hosted a charity event for Don Boscu House last week in Sydney. Also she told the SMH today she has her own kids swimwear business.
Hopefully John Steffenson will be signed up by NINE or another Network. He was the surprise packet of the series and will have done his reputation no harm at all. He showed he is intelligent and funny as well as looking good on camera. It was great to see an indigenous Australian portrayed in a positve way on a mainstream TV Network. We need to see more of this and him.
Celebrity Apprentice did not do that well in the ratings and it will be interesting to see if NINE decides to do series four. Rumours have circulated that there could be an All Stars version, however I think they should do a non-celeb version of the show.