The cast for the third edition of The Celebrity Apprentice was officially revealed today with a cast photo, and it’s one of the more extraordinarily off-beat casts of celebrities ever assembled. There’s a rapper, Michael Jackson’s sister, a country singer, a baseball player, a Survivor, a Real Housewife of Atlanta and Sugar Ray.
I’ve become so accustomed to no-name stars being cast on reality shows that I’m simply happy as a clam to actually recognize almost all of the 16 celebrities on this show. They are:
Lil Jon: rapper
Hope Dworaczyk: Playboy playmate
John Rich: Country singer from the group Big ‘n’ Rich
Gary Busey: supremely crazy actor
Richard Hatch: the guy who won Survivor, not the one who was Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica
David Cassidy: ’70s teen heartthrob
Niki Taylor: supermodel
Dionne Warwick: singer, psychic friend
Jose Canseco: former baseball player and steroid user
Lisa Rinna: big-lipped actress
NeNe Leakes: Real Housewives of Atlanta star
Mark McGrath: former lead singer of Sugar Ray
Marlee Matlin: deaf actress
Meat Loaf: rock legend who would do anything for Trump (but he won’t do that)
La Toya Jackson: Michael’s sister and former spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network
Star Jones: former View co-host, lawyer
If I had to guess, I’d predict the finale will come down to Lisa Rinna and Mark McGrath. To win, you needs two things: Trump has to like you and you need famous, rich friends. Lisa has an actor husband and she’s proven she’s willing to do anything (reality show, DWTS, lip injections). McGrath, on the other hand, has somehow managed to make his career last far longer than anyone thought and clearly has staying power.
The Celebrity Apprentice premieres Sunday, March 6 at 9pm on NBC.
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