18 Contestants for ‘Celeb Apprentice’ Fifth Cycle

by | January 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM | The Apprentice

Arsenio Hall, Lou Ferrigno, Cheryl Tiegs (bottom left) and Teresa Guidice are among the 18 contestants on the new "Celebrity Apprentice" (Photos: NBC)

“The Celebrity Apprentice” will balloon to 18 contestants for its fifth go-round, NBC and Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning.

The new cycle’s nine men and nine women include some very familiar names (and some not so familiar ones). The series is scheduled to premiere Sunday, Feb. 12, at 9/8c on NBC.

Here are this season’s competitors:

THE MEN:

Former late-night star Arsenio Hall, “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, radio personality Adam Carolla, “Incredible Hulk” star and body-building legend Lou Ferrigno, illusionist Penn Jillette, Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider (who’s also coming up on “Celebrity Wife Swap” on ABC), “Star Trek” star George Takei, auto racer Michael Andretti and burly Paul Teutel Sr., star of Discovery’s “American Chopper.”

THE WOMEN:

Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop star Debbie Gibson, actress Tia Carrere, former A&E reality star Victoria Gotti (“Growing Up Gotti”), comedian Lisa Lampanelli (known for her raunchy Comedy Central “Roast” appearances), former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, Latin supermodel Patricia Velasquez, Oxygen reality star Aubrey O’Day and, last but definitely not least: Teresa Guidice of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

As he usually does, Trump used the word “amazing” to describe his new cast. “We are thrilled to bring 18 new and talented celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring — Amazing!” he said.

Watch Victoria Gotti Assess Her Competition:

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