Celebrity Apprentice on NBC

2004, TV Show

The Apprentice Episode: "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Season 9, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The celebrity business moguls must craft image makeovers for country artists Emily West and Luke Bryan for a magazine interview, a photo shoot and a concert. Country star and Season 7 contestant Trace Adkins makes an appearance.
Original Air Date: Apr 18, 2010
Guest Cast Luke Bryan Emily West

Celebrity Apprentice Episode Recap: Week 6 Season 9, Episode 6

On this week's Celebrity Apprentice, the teams must each give a rising country singer a makeover to help them rise to stardom. Former Celebrity Apprentice contestant Trace Adkins helps introduce the competition where each team will be judged on the makeover, press kit and the value they add to the potential breakout of the singer.

Immediately, Cyndi steps into the role of project manager as the musician of the female group, and especially in the lingering absence of Sharon, who's still out sick. In her confessional (and from her high horse, cough, cough), Holly says its unfair Sharon has been able to sit out an entire challenge and stick around. I understand her point, since Trump refused to let Michael come back to the game when he said he had to leave to deal with a family obligation. But, Holly doesn't know that that happened and she doesn't get along with Sharon, so of course she wants Mrs. Ozzy out of the game for good.

The men's team, on the other hand, bats into left field and designates Goldberg the project manager, since he has yet to take the leadership role. Trump and Trace Adkins immediately question that decision, but much like the diner challenge, when Chef Curtis helped a great deal despite not being the actual project manager. As the musician, Bret promises to be a huge help to the challenge and contribute his expertise as much as possible.

Unfortunately for the women's team, the drama within the group may drown out the music. Even before getting assigned one of the two singers, Cyndi is already arguing with the other ladies, especially Holly and Maria. Cyndi is take charge on this challenge with reason, and I am especially digging her imitation of Holly's facial expressions (the eyes remind me of Real Housewives of New York City's Ramona Singer's crazy eyes a little). Maria and Cyndi now have the biggest beef though, because Maria is very frustrated she's not being heard more, especially by someone she calls one of her childhood favorites. Also, as a fellow viewer pointed out to me during the show, image matters as much to wrestlers as it does to musicians.

It's hard because all of these women are famous for a reason and image plays a big part (except maybe Olympic gold medalist Summer), but succeeding in the music industry is an entirely different beast than wrestling or acting and Cyndi is more of an icon than just a musician.

Both Tenacity and Rocksolid get to meet the two singers to decide who they want to represent. Both teams, well the men's team and Cyndi on her own, question both Luke Bryan and Emily West about their style, their ambitions, etc. But the women's team stupidly wastes the time before negotiations arguing with each other, while Bret gets on the phone with record industry executives to get their takes on the artists.

However, when both teams have to negotiate who gets which artists, Bret and the guys are completely neutral. After having bonded deeply with the music of Emily, Cyndi picks her.

As soon as the project really gets going, Cyndi's creative juices are "flowing" and "splattered." Holly and Maria are continually frustrated that Cyndi isn't tasking anything out to the rest of the team, but Maria insists on helping Emily with the interview portion of the task because of her experience. Despite her example of a Playboy interview where the reporter kept asking if she was "shaved or hairy," Maria gives great advice. She tells Emily to think about what she wants to say rather than what she doesn't, and not let the fear takeover.

On the guys' team, Bret is helpful as well, but focuses on the details rather than the big picture. He tells Luke to never say he's tired (to which the Celeb Apprentice team show video of Bret saying he's tired, of course).

A big part of the task is transforming the look of each singer and the teams go in opposite directions. Bret wants to give Luke an edge to help him stand out and suggests chain necklaces and darker colors, and in my personal highlight of the evening, Curtis and Luke take their shirts off to compare sizes (so Curtis can shop for him). For Tenacity, the girls decide to highlight Emily's more feminine side and put her in hip-hugging dresses with loose curls.

The big mistake on the guys' team, and maybe I'm wrong, is that Goldberg could have used his expertise as a wrestler and someone whose image is crucial to their job, to help write Luke's bio and press kit, but the task is left to Bret.

Rocksolid is down to only three guys, but Tenacity only gets bigger as Sharon (finally) returns to the game. Had she been there from the get-go, and since she hasn't done it, Sharon could have been an excellent project manager on this task as a longtime music manager. Yes, Bret and Cyndi both have iconic images, etc., but Sharon is someone who has spent decades molding images for musicians. Luckily, Cyndi gets Sharon's input on the wardrobe and photo shoot.

Throughout the photo shoot part of the task, Cyndi loses her patience with Maria not once, but twice. First, Cyndi leaves Maria to supervise the makeup and then feels it is much too heavy for a young girl. Then, Maria abruptly inserts herself into the photo shoot to adjust Emily's curls when Cyndi is standing right next to her directing. Suffice it to say, these ladies are not going to be buddy-buddy in the boardroom tonight.

Luke's photo shoot seems to go off with fewer hitches, and it's clear Bret was made to lead this challenge. He helps push Luke's boundaries with some more distinct clothing choices and gets some great, extremely varied shots out of him.

After the photo shoot, the two singers are also interviewed by one of People magazine's country correspondents. The journalist has interviewed both singers before and notices positive changes all-around. Unfortunately, Luke can't even follow Bret's one (documented) piece of advice as he continually yawns throughout the interview. Overall, Emily seems more focused and seems to have the better interview.

The one big problem with Rocksolid is that Luke is clearly a little uncomfortable with parts of his makeover: namely the chain necklaces. However, during a showcase for both artists, he still wears the necklace and rocks the house.

In the boardroom, the finale will be who gets sent home, but the main event is the argument between Cyndi and Maria. Maria is quick to divulge her unhappiness with Cyndi as a leader and talks about how hurt she was to have the team leader and her childhood idol turn against her. Maria says it's not "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" but "Girls Just Want to Be Mean." Cyndi lets the criticism roll off her back and offers to mail a picture of herself to Maria to pin to a dartboard. OK then!

When it comes down to press kits, Trump says the guys made a better press kit, but the ladies gave a better makeover. Based on judgments from the panel of experts, the ladies win the challenge as Emily now seems most poised for the top of charts.

Had it gone the other way, Cyndi would most certainly be sent home, I think, despite her attempt to throw Maria under the bus and telling Trump to fire the wrestler instead.

The guys' team is sad to lose, but Bret is a class act all the way. He's disappointed that Rocksolid didn't win, but takes full responsibility for the challenge and says he deserves to go home. Even when Trump asks Curtis who he should fire, Bret tells Curtis to say his name.

However, this being the boardroom, Trump takes big issue with the fact that Goldberg volunteered to be project manager, when it was clearly Bret's area of expertise and Goldberg admits to delegating upwards of 80 percent of the task to Bret. Goldberg defends himself saying he thought he had to be project manager because he had not taken the lead yet.

Donald Trump Jr. then — completely unfairly — asks if Goldberg had been trying to get a free ride by waiting this long to be a project manager. No. 1 that obviously was not the case and No. 2 Goldberg busted his butt on every challenge thus far. Goldberg does not take that accusation lightly, but in the process of defending himself, buries himself even more and finally gets the boot from Trump Sr.

So what did you think of tonight's episode? Do you think the right team won? Do you think Goldberg should have been sent home over Bret? Will the ladies' team ever be able to put their differences aside for once and for all? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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On this week's Celebrity Apprentice, the teams must each give a rising country singer a makeover to help them rise to stardom. Former Celebrity Apprentice contestant Trace Adkins helps introduce the competition where each team will be judged on the makeover, press kit and the value they add to the potential breakout of the singer.

Immediately, Cyndi steps into the role of project manager as the musician of the female group, and especially in the lingering absence of Sharon, who's still out sick. In her confessional (and from her high horse, cough, cough), Holly says its unfair Sharon has been able to sit out an entire challenge and stick around. I understand her point, since Trump refused to let Michael come back to the game when he said he had to leave to deal with a family obligation. But, Holly doesn't know that that happened and she doesn't get along with Sharon, so of course she wants Mrs. Ozzy out of the game for good.

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