Everything We Know About the Return of Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice is returning to Channel Nine in 2021 after six years away from our screens. We’ll soon see a brand new batch of celebrities attempt to prove their business savvy to a formidable CEO for season five, all in the name of raising money for charity.
Here’s what we know so far:
How does Celebrity Apprentice work?
Celebrity Apprentice is billed as the “ultimate job interview”, where two teams of resourceful celebrities compete in challenges, with the aid of their contact books, charm and creativity. Through these tasks they’ll be earning money for a charity of their choice.
But the losing team for each task will find themselves in the boardroom with the CEO and their advisors, raking over their team’s failures to determine who contributed the least and will thus be fired, until just one celebrity remains.
The series promises “high stakes intrigue and “never-before-seen twists” next year.
Who is competing on Celebrity Apprentice season five?
The first members of the cast were announced in September: celebrity personal trainer Michelle Bridges, radio personality Michael “Wippa” Wipfli and Olympic gymnast and Australian Ninja Warrior contestant Olivia Vivian.
In October, the rest of the 13 celebrities competing were revealed, including The Veronicas, sisters Lisa and Jess Origliasso, comedian Ross Noble, The Block judge and interior designer Shaynna Blaze, Survivor: All Stars winner David Genat, Married at First Sight star Martha Kalifatidis, the lead of Here Comes the Habibs Rob Shehadie, fashion designer and artist Camilla Franks, Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea and surfer Alex Hayes. Later that month, two new celebrities competing were revealed, former AFL player Josh Gibson and weather presenter and one-time Miss Universe Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs.
Who is the CEO on Celebrity Apprentice season five? Who are their advisors?
This year, 73-year-old British billionaire Lord Alan Sugar replaces Australian businessman Mark Bouris as CEO. He has starred as the CEO on The Apprentice UK for 15 seasons and is known for his “no-nonsense approach to business”.
He’ll be advised by fashion designer and entrepreneur Lorna Jane Clarkson and Boost Juice founder and investor Janine Allis. Former advisors include controversial TV host Kerri-Anne Kennerley, beauty businesswoman Shelley Barrett, ex-Cleo editor Deborah Thomas and Mark’s son, Dan.
When and where is Celebrity Apprentice filmed?
In October, Channel Nine revealed that the series had already commenced filming. Lord Alan shared a tweet back in September about having flown into Sydney with Emirates, which led to condemnation from some commentators, as he was able to travel although many Australians remain stranded overseas during the pandemic. Based off Lord Alan’s ongoing tweets about the harbour city, the series is likely being filmed in Sydney.
Who are the past winners — and other notable former contestants — from Celebrity Apprentice?
Julia Morris was the first winner of Celebrity Apprentice in 2011, beating out contestants like Jesinta Franklin. In 2012, Ian “Dicko” Dickson won the title, ahead of other celebrities like late Charlotte Dawson and David Hasselhoff, who quit the show. Stephanie Rice beat people including Roxy Jacenko and Rob Mills in season three in 2013. And in 2015, Sophie Monk won the series, ahead of other reality TV stars like Big Brother‘s Tim Dormer, Real Housewives‘ Gina Liano and ex-Bachelor Blake Garvey (fun fact: he was the first to be eliminated and earned zero money for his chosen charity).
When will Celebrity Apprentice air?
Celebrity Apprentice is set to premiere on Channel Nine in 2021.