PITTSBURGH,None - This morning, I spoke with Clay Aiken and Dee Snider who revealed they, along with 16 other contestants, make up the cast of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Other contestants include: Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Aubrey O'Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, George Takei, Lisa Lampanelli, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Andretti, Patricia Velasquez, Paul Teutul, Sr., Penn Jillette, Teresa Guidice, Tia Carrere and Victoria Gotti.
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Even though they’re celebrities, I asked Aiken and Snider if they’re intimidated by Donald Trump.
“I am,” said Aiken. “One of the reasons I’m excited to have done this is that I’ve gotten to know him in a different way than I knew him before. He’s extremely approachable and very nice.”
“No. He’s certainly an important and powerful person and very handsome as well. He’s pretty cool. He was welcoming to us and gracious,” said Snider.
I’ve interviewed Mr. Trump a couple of times and think he’s a great guy, but he would probably make me nervous in the board room.
The 18 contestants won’t compete for a job under Trump; they’ll be playing for a charity of their choice. The last person standing will be “hired” as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.
Aiken told me he’s playing for the National Inclusion Project. Snider’s charity of choice is March of Dimes’ Bikers for Babies.
Every week, the contestants will work in two teams, each under the guidance of a designated project manager, to compete in business-driven tasks around New York City, using their fame, along with their proven business acumen, to win challenges.
Contestants are subjected to long hours, grueling deadlines, intellectual challenges, personality clashes and intense scrutiny under the careful watch of Trump.
Certain challenges encourage contestants to reach out to their network of celebrity contacts for assistance or donations, leading to surprise visits by some of the world's biggest stars and pop culture icons.
Each task will end in the board room, where contestants must account for their actions and be judged by Trump and his team.
Returning this season are Trump's children and colleagues, Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric.