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Teresa Giudice, Debbie Gibson and Clay Aiken Sign on for 'Celebrity Apprentice'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 13th 2011 8:45AM
Donald TrumpThe casting rumor mill's been working overtime as production gets underway on 'Celebrity Apprentice' Season 5, and now it looks like Donald Trump will have some really feisty characters on his hands.

'People' reports that '80s warbler and star of such awesome TV movies as 'Mega Python vs. Gatoroid' Debbie Deborah Gibson and 'American Idol' vet Clay Aiken have been confirmed as contestants.

They'll be sitting in the boardroom alongside previously announced contestants Cheryl Tiegs and Marco Andretti. And that's not all: 'Real Housewives' star Teresa "Table Flipper" Giudice and writer Victoria Gotti are also said to have joined the cast.

Rounding out the rumored cast are Dannity Kane singer Aubrey O'Day and TV host Adam Carolla. NBC is expected to announce the final cast shortly.

'Celebrity Apprentice' is a spin-off from Trump's hugely successful reality show, 'The Apprentice.' Celebrities are split into teams and are given various tasks to complete in order to raise money for charitable causes.

Trump's future as host was in some doubt earlier this year when he was toying with the idea of a presidential run in 2012. However, after NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said publicly that the show would go on without him, Trump announced at the May upfronts that he would not be standing for office.

Previous seasons have included meltdowns (Gary Busey, Meat Loaf), health emergencies (Bret Michaels), epic crying jags (Meat Loaf, natch), tantrums (just about everybody) and walkouts (José Canseco, NeNe Leakes).

The past winners are Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan, Bret Michaels and John Rich.

Which one of the new cast do you think can take the crown in Season 5?

'Celebrity Apprentice' Season 5 is due to premiere in March 2012, on NBC.

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I sure do hope both Teresa and Victoria do get chosen to do this because I would love to see Teresa get knocked down a whole bunch of notches! Loved Victoria's show when it was on and she seemed like a no nonsense type of person with alot of business sense.

December 06 2011 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tyler Hudson

This season is going to be great. Also clay is going to be on Adam Carolla's podcast this week! Sure there is going to be some good stories lol

November 27 2011 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Flo W

Can not wait for the CA to come on. Clay will do just great as he is a smart person. He has run his own foundation, the National Inclusion Project for over 8 years. Go get em Clay!

October 16 2011 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I personally think Clay is going to do great on this show. He's smart, whitty, charming and also knows how to be very serious when it comes to his charity The National Inclusion Project. I wish we didn't have to wait to see it whenever it airs. I want to see it NOW. We also get a new original single going to radio in January! Go Clay!

October 14 2011 at 7:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Layla Hooman

This season's Celebrity Apprentice should be very exciting, they have some good contestants, specially I like to see how Clay Aiken will do, since he is very funny and quick with the one liners.

October 14 2011 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm happy with several of the rumored cast. Based on the names that were leaked so far, I'd have to pick Clay for the win. I don't think he'll settle for coming in 2nd again on any reality show competition.

October 13 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sue Reu

With the exception of Adam Carolla, loving how the cast is shaping up. Especially excited for Clay Aiken and Dee Snider (who was reported on yet another site). I think both of these contestants are going to surprise viewers with the humor and their intelligence.

October 13 2011 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan Clay

Looking forward to see Clay Aiken's brain at work. He will be great!

October 13 2011 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clay is funny, smart, witty, and mad talented. Go for it, Clay. I'll be watching CA this season!!!

October 13 2011 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clay Aiken will win hands down. He's a very, very smart guy, and so charming.

October 13 2011 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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