February 20th, 2012
01:07 PM ET
With 18 contestants, more than we’ve ever seen on “Celebrity Apprentice,” it seems easy for some of the cast to get lost in the shuffle.
And in a way, that’s what happened to legendary supermodel Cheryl Tiegs on Sunday night’s season premiere.
Despite a female team that worked well, for the most part, and raised an extraordinary amount of money under the leadership of Patricia Velasquez (who may be more remembered for her time on “Arrested Development” and the first scene from “The Mummy” than her modeling), it was determined that Tiegs brought the group down with her slow work pace.
The task – making hero sandwiches – wasn’t exactly anything new for this series, and somewhat pedestrian for the first challenge of the season. But, surprisingly, it was something that the likes of Penn Jillette, Clay Aiken, Lou Ferrigno and George Takei excelled at doing.
(By the way, Aiken had a point that there's a frat boy feel to this season's men's team, “Unanimous” - and how lame is that title? - thanks in large part to Adam Carolla’s relentless quips throughout the proceedings… not that they weren’t funny.)
The team leader of “Unanimous," "American Chopper's" Paul Teutel, Sr., turned out to be a natural, despite the fact that no one wanted to take the project manager spot the first go-round.
As the men lived to fight another day, Velasquez brought out Tiegs and Victoria Gotti (who showed up late to the task on the first morning). Yes, that Victoria Gotti.
As expected, there were plenty of jokes that Trump might be afraid to fire her, or people shouldn’t make her angry, etc.
She could easily be one to watch on this show, but then again, she might flame out quickly.
In any case, it became clear fairly early on that Gotti would be safe this week, especially as Tiegs admitted this show isn’t for her. That’s always a quick and easy way toward “You’re fired.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got my eye on George Takei.
Who do you think has what it takes to get to the end? Or did the premiere even interest you enough to want to find out? Share your view on iReport or comment below.
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