‘Celebrity Apprentice’ v. ‘DWTS’: Which Do Contestants Find Harder?

"We knew 'Celebrity Apprentice' was going to be tough but I underestimated how exhausting it would be"


Raising money for charity can be exhausting!

Several cast members from the upcoming season of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE say duking it out in Donald Trump’s boardroom took more out of them than their seasons of competing on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

“On DANCING you have to rehearse like six hours a day, but then you got to walk away from it,” says actress Vivica A. Fox, who appeared in the ballroom during season three.

“[On CELEBRITY APPRENTICE] we worked 12 hour days, six days a week and there were some nights that I could barely go to sleep.  My brain wouldn’t shut off because we were turning the task around so fast!”

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Fox, 50, is one of 16 celebrities who will be competing to win money for their favorite charities when the CELEBRITY APPRENTICE returns January 4 on NBC.

She is joined by:

Kate Gosselin (reality star)
Terrell Owens (NFL football hero)
Kevin Jonas (singer)
Keshia Knight Pulliam (actress, COSBY SHOW)
Gilbert Gottfried (comedian)
Jamie Anderson (Olympic snowboarder)
Shawn Johnson (Olympic gymnast)
Lorenzo Lamas (soap star)
Leeza Gibbons (talk show queen)
Johnny Damon (pro baseball player)
Geraldo Rivera (journalist, talk show host)
Ian Ziering (actor, ‘SHARKNADO)

“With DANCING WITH THE STARS it is so physically rigorous,” says Ziering,who appeared on season four.  “They tell you that you don’t have to rehearse at all.  Of course, if you expect to win, you gotta rehearse as much as you can.

“I learn best through repetition so I wanted to go at it again and again and again to a point where I ended up having to have foot surgery.  I wore the bottom of my foot out. It was an (sic) overcomable obstacle and certainly worth it.  I went pretty far.”

“In CELEBRITY APPRENTICE [you are using] a completely different skill set.  It is business acumen and that is [something] that you can’t just act.  You have to deliver on.  You need real world experience.

It was much more mentally taxing doing CELEBRITY APPRENTICE than it was doing DANCING WITH THE STARS.”

Gibbons, a 2007 DANCING veteran, agrees.

“We knew CELEBRITY APPRENTICE was going to be tough but I underestimated how exhausting it would be.  And the mental stamina… ‘Dancing with The Stars’ is physical stamina.  This had mental and physical stamina and it didn’t stop.”


Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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