Reality show host, real estate mogul, and on-again-off-again presidential candidate Donald Trump has announced the lineup for the fifth edition of Celebrity Apprentice (or the twelfth season of The Apprentice, if you want to get technical).
Magician Penn Jillette will be on hand as one of eighteen celebrities looking to raise money for their favorite charities. Joining Jillette will be Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, who will almost certainly butt heads with fellow contestant Victoria Gotti, the tough as nails daughter of convicted mobster John Gotti.
Trump told TV Guide that the celebrity editions of the show are becoming much easier to cast, and that producers turned down requests from twenty-five people to be on the show.
“Now that [celebrities] see the success, they get it,” Trump said.
NBC has also dubbed it the “toughest season yet.”
Other B-, C-, and D-list stars showing up for Celebrity Apprentice season 5 include Arsenio Hall, Tia Carrere, and George Takei, a.k.a Sulu from Star Trek.
The entire cast:
Clay Aiken, singer and runner up on season 2 of American Idol
Michael Andretti, IndyCar driver
Adam Carolla, comedian
Tia Carrere, actress, Wayne’s World
Lou Ferrigno, actor, The Incredible Hulk
Deborah “Debbie” Gibson, 80s pop star
Teresa Giudice, Real Housewives of New Jersey
Victoria Gotti, mob daughter and star of Growing Up Gotti
Arsenio Hall, comedian, actor and talk show host
Penn Jillette, magician
Lisa Lampanelli, comedian
Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
Aubrey O’Day, member of “girl group” Danity Kane
Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister
George Takei, actor, Star Trek
Paul Teutul, Sr., star of American Chopper
Cheryl Tiegs, model, featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue three times
Patricia Velasquez, the “first Latin supermodel.”
Will this lineup be enough to entice viewers back, helping the show rebound from its lowest ratings last year? We’ll find out when season 5 of Celebrity Apprentice premieres Sunday, February 12 at 9/8c on NBC.