Trace Adkins' integrity and passion for his charity was enough to qualify him as one of the two finalists in this season of the TV reality series, The Celebrity Apprentice. With four finalists remaining when Thursday night's (March 20) episode began, Donald Trump fired model Carol Alt and boxer Lennox Lewis to leave Adkins and British media personality Piers Morgan as the last contestants standing.I watched the very first Apprentice, that Donald Trump show, a few years back because I wanted to see the politics of a group of people, divided into two teams, working together but for themselves, too.
Adkins chose Lewis and actress Marilu Henner to be on his team to determine the decor and entertainment for a charity event. One of Adkins' tasks was to fulfill requests made by the event's musical headliners -- the Backstreet Boys. Adkins is appearing on the show to raise money for his charity of choice, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. This season's winner will be announced live on a live, two-hour broadcast of The Celebrity Apprentice airing Thursday (March 27) on NBC.
This season I tuned back in for "Celebrity Apprentice" to see how a group of already-made celebrities would act or react in situations to earn money for their favorite charities.
From the beginning my favorite was Trace Adkins, that slow-talking country singer who does not say a lot but, when it does, it is worth listening to. His six-year-old daugher has severe food allergies and he agreed to be part of the show to earn money to help medical researchers who may be able to help her and others like her.
In 2005, Trace Adkins recorded Arlington, that song about sacrifice and the soldiers, Marines, airmen, and sailors who are buried in Arlington Cemetery. It is mournful and sad and poignant, and it is dedicated in memory of Marine Corporal Patrick Nixon. The mood of the song matches the mood of the place. Trace has many other songs, too ... a country music star whose love for his child propelled him to get involved in Celebrity Apprentice.
Against the odds, Trace is one of the two finalists in next week's finale. It's the good guy against the bad guy ... Trace against Piers Morgan, the brash, boastful British personality and editor ... the USA versus Britain. It should provide an entertaining show. I will be rooting for Trace because I would like to see the good guy finish first.
The complete lineup of celebrities at the beginning, besides Trace and Piers, included Carol Alt, actress/model; Gene Simmons, rock star from "Kiss;" Jennie Finch, gold medalist; Lennox Lewis, boxer; Marilu Henner, actress; Nadia Comaneci, gymnist gold medalist; Nely Galan, producer; Omarosa, reality personality from first "Apprentice;" Stephen Baldwin, actor; Tiffany Fallon, playmate; Tito Ortiz, fighter; Vinny Pastore, actor.
Tune in Thursday to see who best completes their task on Celebrity Apprentice. Go, Trace!