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The Apprentice returns for an all new season on Thursday, September 16 on NBC.
The show gets back to the basics this season as the two-hour premiere will feature 16 new non-celebrity contestants who have been hit hard by the economic downturn and are fighting back to rebuild their careers.
“I am very excited to have the civilian version of ‘The Apprentice’ back on the air this fall,” said Donald Trump. “The new edition will combine the realities of today’s economic downturn with the grittiness, drama and excitement of the original series. Each of this season’s 16 contestants has been hit hard by the economy and they are fighting back; fighting for a chance to rebuild their careers and for one savvy contestant, the career opportunity of a lifetime — to come and work for me. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain!”
This new group of candidates will compete over 13 weeks to become “The Apprentice.” The candidates include the unemployed, struggling business owners and recent college graduates.
Below are the Photos and Bios of the 16 contestants -
Tyana Alvarado, 41 (Miami, Fla.), was a successful real estate agent prior to the recession. She never imagined being unemployed for so long, yet has managed to adjust to a simpler way of life since losing her six-figure income. Alvarado currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif. and is proud to hold the title of Miss Cougar California, where she feels she can use her brains and her beauty to redefine the perception of a “cougar.”
Kelly Smith Beaty, 30(Fayetteville, Ga.), born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College and her Masters in Public Communication from American University. Beaty worked in the press office for the Governor of Georgia and was previously employed in the Atlanta office of a global public relations firm, where she was laid off. She was recently named one of the city’s “Power 30 Under 30.”
TELL US – ARE YOU EXCITED TO HAVE THE NON-CELEBRITY VERSION OF THE APPRENTICE BACK?
The finale of Donald Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger aired last night and surprise! She ended up picking no one.
Well not exactly surprising since Omarosa has been publicly dating actor Michael Clarke Duncan for the past few months. The two have attended numerous public events together and were photographed above as recently as July 25th.
On the finale last night, bachelor Charles Parker returned with a ring letting Omarosa know that he wanted more air time another chance with her. Omarosa allowed Charles back on the show leading to the finale showdown with Charles, Al B Sure and Ray Lavender.
Charles was the first to be eliminated followed by Al. And when it seemed like Ray had won Omarosa’s heart, he was also eliminated.
It seems Omarosa was making way for a season two as she tweeted this morning that a reunion show and second season was in the works. “Thank you for all of your wonderful messages- the SHOW is a HIT!! I will keep you posted on the reunion show and on Season 2 casting. xoxo!” wrote Omarosa.
In other news, Last man standing and R&B singer Ray Lavender did a video interview with TVOne during which he dished on his relationship with Omarosa, and his marital status.
On The Status of His Relationship Today With Omarosa – “Me and Omarosa are very good friends, we’re very cool. She’s a dear friend to me, a great lady.”
On The Status of His Marriage and Divorce – “The status of my divorce is still pending, I’m still going through it… I’m at a point right now in my life were if it’s fixable, I’ll try to fix it.” Ray then added, “That’s not saying I’m going to stay married or get divorced but I am going to talk it out. I will talk it out but right now it’s still pending. “
On His Advice For Michael Clarke Duncan – “My advice for Michael Clarke Duncan, you got your hands full brother, you got your hands full. She’s a great lady, watch her. As long as I’m out here man, you might want to put one of those lo jacks on her, cause whenever I’m back she might be there,” said a laughing Ray.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SHOW? ON OMAROSA’S CHOICE ON THE FINALE? WOULD YOU WATCH A SECOND SEASON?
The finale of ABC’s True Beauty aired last night with Taylor Billsbeing declared the winner of the hidden inner beauty contest.
Taylor, a 24-year-old former Arizona League Seattle Mariners professional baseball player from Irvine, CA, beat out other finalists Erika Othen, 25, and Craig Franczyk, 29, to take home a cash prize of $100,000 and a spot in People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People issue.
Craig came in third and Erika came in second. And while it seemed Erika had the competition in the bag, Taylor was able to come out victorious.
“I’ve always had these golden dreams to make it to the top and I won. I’m on top right now and it feels awesome. As long as you can learn from your mistakes and work on constantly improving yourself, that’s the take home message,” Taylor said.
Just weeks after her co-star Roxy Olin came out slamming her, saying she is as nasty in real life as she is on tv, Olivia Palermo is now attempting to defend herself or her reputation for being difficult and arrogant rather.
The City star tells an Australian magazine, “I’d like to think that I’m the complete opposite of what you see on The City.” And when it comes to her off-screen friendship with co-star Whitney Port, she best describes it as a “working relationship”.
She adds: “We’re both incredibly busy, but we always try and take a few moments to catch up whenever we bump into each other, which is rare.”
Olivia also isn’t taking too well to being compared to Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf. “From what I heard, Blair’s not a very nice character. I’m nothing like that so I beg to differ,” she said.
In other City news, the season finale aired last night and brought us more drama than we are used to on the show. Earlier this season, we saw Whitney and Roxy fight over a celebrity styling session, leading to Roxy moving out. However last night’s finale was all about Whitney vs Kelly Cutrone.
It all starts when Whitney meets with Alison Brod, owner of Alison Brod PR, to see what they can do for her Whitney Eve line if she hires them. Alison then goes around telling people that Whitney has fired Kelly and hired her. This of course gets back to Kelly, leading to a sit down with Whitney.
“I don’t know how this can go from me helping you to me getting fired,” says Kelly. Whitney apologizes but Kelly isn’t too forgiving. Roxy then informs Whitney that her loyalty lies with Kelly, basically letting Whitney know she will go with Kelly if Whitney decides to change PR firms. And end season…
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CITY FINALE, AND HILLS FINALE? DID WHITNEY BETRAY KELLY?
Reality show bitch villain Omarosais dishing about her life in a new interview with Vibe.
The 36-year-old star of her dating show, The Ultimate Merger, opens up about her past marriage, her calling to be a minister and also discusses her infamous feud with Bethenny Frankel of the Real Housewives of NYC.
And despite being photographed at various events with actor Michael Clarke Duncan, Omarosa claims she is still dating the winner of her show.
Excerpts from her interview below -
In all your press over the years nobody ever mentioned that you’re Nigerian. What does your name mean?
My full name is Omorosaonee; it’s a Yoruba name that means, ‘my beautiful child desired.’ My father’s family is Nigerian my mother is American. I do recognize where I’m from and my lineage. I mean you look at my cheekbones, you look at my fierce fighting spirit and attitude—you know exactly where I’m from. I went to Nigeria three years ago and did a whole press tour there for about three weeks and helped to launch an ApprenticeAfrica. It was pretty exciting.
When we first met you on Season 1 of The Apprentice you wanted to work for Donald Trump, when did you discover you wanted to be a minister?
I got my calling two years ago, I didn’t respond to my call immediately but that’s when I got it. I absolutely want to be a minister. I’ve been doing missionary work around the world for the last five years; work in Haiti and for the homeless. Wherever God calls me, wherever he leads me that is where I’ll go, and if he eventually leads me to a church that’s where I’ll be.
The Ultimate Merger was completed last year, which means you’ve already shot the reunion special and found your man. I know you can’t reveal the ending but are you really saying you’ve married someone from the show?
That was my intention to find love. I went all the way in, one hundred percent [with this show.] The hardest part is not being able to be seen [in public] with the person that you ultimately chose. It’s been seven months since we’ve finished the show and we’ve [my new guy and I] have had to do some sneaking and creeping around because we can’t disclose who the winner is. So that’s been interesting.
So what would say went wrong with your first marriage?
My ex-husband and I married very young. I was 22; about to turn 23, he was in his early twenties. We were college sweethearts at Howard University and we had no clue what it took to make a marriage work. A benefit of recognizing that early enough was that we could decide amicably to go our separate ways. And we still have a good relationship.
You called Bethenny Frankel (from Bethenny’s Getting Married? and Real Housewives of New York) a “twit” recently. How did that all come about?
Bethenny Frankel was on The View and she was actually being complimented by Sherri Shepherd who said, ‘Bethenny you were on the Martha Stewart Apprentice and now you’ve got your own show and you’re doing your own thing. You’re utilizing this opportunity like Omarosa.’ And then Bethany says, ‘I’m not like Omarosa, she’s just famous for being infamous, she doesn’t have a real career I have a real career.’ It was really crazy stuff because Bethenny was a friend. She called after Martha Stewart Apprentice and asked me, ‘What can I do to extend my fifteen minutes of fame?’ Martha Stewart Apprentice had like two viewers, and The Apprentice had 28 million viewers— so who has the real career? Don’t get me started. That arrogance and the idea that [Bethenny thinks she has] this superiority [over me], it just baffles me, really baffles me. I mean this girl was a cocktail waitress five years ago; I worked in The White House. I mean really, who has the real career?
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LAST EPISODE AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE?