There were a few times in season 3 where it was clear Trump wanted to fire Bret Michaels but could not for one reason or another. Then, after Michaels suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and was diagnosed with a heart problem, his victory became the reality TV feel good story of the year. I love the fact that Bret is back (and seemingly performing his infamous Tour Bus Thrust on Marilu Henner in the picture below). I just don’t see Trump letting the only returning champion win again. I have to believe he’ll want to mix it up a bit.
Lil Jon did extremely well in season 4 and there’s no reason to think he won’t succeed here as well. I just can’t see Trump crwoning the king of crunk a champion. Although I hope he does, because I have to imagine there is nothing in the world funnier than a picture of Donald Trump and Lil John celebrating together.
On one hand, it’s amazing she made it as far as she did in season 2. On the other hand, she’s a Playboy Playmate and is there anything on God’s green earth that Donald Trump loves more than that? That alone pretty much gives her immunity through the first six weeks.
Stephen Baldwin is hilarious because he clearly thinks he is a million times smarter than he actually is. I love the air of arrogance he projects. (Dude, you were in Bio-Dome! Get over yourself!) But if anyone loves arrogance, it’s Donald Trump, so Baldwin’s phony baloney charm could serve him well here.
Dee didn’t wow me with his game last season, but he’s certainly competent and as long as he doesn’t screw up an early challenge as Project Manager, he should last a while.
La Toya Jackson
Does La Toya have secret pictures of Trump in an Obama t-shirt or something? Because blackmail is the only logical excuse I can come up with for the sway she holds over this man. She did absolutely nothing throughout all of season 4, was finally fired, then asked Trump to let her back in the game… and he agreed! Now, after her wildly unimpressive first (and second) run, she’s back yet again. Even with the big boss man doing everything in his power to keep her around, La Toya can’t actually win this game. Can she…?
DON’T STAND A CHANCE IN HELL
I think the two photos I shot below on the bus ride tell you everything you need to know about Gary Busey. It would be the most absurd thing in the world that five people were fired before him in season 4… if it did not make complete sense for a show that promotes personality over actual performance. The Donald will keep Busey around for a few weeks just to drive everyone else insane, but then he will cut him loose. (Incidentally, Busey sat next to me on the bus for a while and would not shut up about those damn Omaha steak Father’s Day kite packages he was so proud of.)
Last time we saw Dennis Rodman in season 2, he was abandoning his post as Project Manager to invite himself out for dinner and drinks with some very frightened hotel guests. That clear commitment to excellence will probably not carry him to the finals.
Who? That was my reaction when I saw her name on the list of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice contestants. I have watched every episode of this damn show and I still had no idea who she was. Oh, right, the Deal or No Deal model. Here’s the thing: Claudia could be great. She could be amazing and light the world on fire. (I’m guessing she’s not because I barely remember her from last time around.) But can you see Trump awarding the prize to someone so clearly NOT famous? Neither can I.
Oh, lordy. We all know why she’s back. Like Busey, she’s just hear to drive people (and I’m including viewers in that category) crazy. The problem with Omarosa is that unlike Busey, who is naturally unhinged, Omarosa’s act usually comes off as just that — an act. And a tired one at that. Obviously the wild card is that she is mourning the recent tragic death of her boyfriend, Michael Clarke Duncan. Perhaps we will see a kinder, gentler Omarosa this time. Still, it would be a shocker if she actually wins. Unless she borrows some of La Toya’s photos or puts on a cowboy hat.
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