Celebrity Apprentice 2019 Line-Up Confirmed With Amanda Holden And Rylan Joining Comic Relief Special

But who will be fired?

Amanda Holden and Rylan Clark-Neal are among the stars officially confirmed for a celebrity version of The Apprentice.

The pair will be battling it out in the boardroom in the hope of impressing Lord Sugar, as they attempt to raise money for Comic Relief.

This year's celebrity line-up of The Apprentice's Comic Relief special
This year's celebrity line-up of The Apprentice's Comic Relief special

Bosses formally announced the line-up on Tuesday, after somewhat jumping the gun over the weekend by sharing a trailer showing the celebs in action, which was later deleted.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda and former Big Brother’s Bit On The Side host Rylan will be joined by EastEnders actress Tameka Empson, X Factor judge Ayda Williams, funnyman Russell Kane, football boss Sam Allardyce, showbiz reporter Richard Arnold, interior designer Kelly Hoppen, comedian Omid Djalili and journalist Rachel Johnson.

The group will be split into two teams who will then be tasked with planning an exclusive fundraising event.

Lord Sugar will be expecting them to pull out all the stops and call on some favours from famous friends in a bid to raise the most money and be crowned the winning team.

One candidate from the losing team will then be fired by Lord Sugar.

As ever, Claude Littner and Karren Brady will be overseeing the teams, with the latter having actually won the Celebrity version herself back in 2007.

Other stars who have taken part in the previous two Comic Relief specials include Cheryl, Piers Morgan, Alistair Campbell, Kirstie Allsopp and Clare Balding.

Find out more about this year’s line-up below...

Amanda Holden


Occupation: TV presenter and actress
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda will have to get used to being on the other side of the table as she faces-off with Lord Sugar in the boardroom. How will the glamorous actress cope rolling up her sleeves to cater for their guests?

She says: “I’m ready to take a step away from the judging panel to compete, and I’m thrilled to be taking part. I’m sure the girls’ team will be victorious!”

Rylan Clark-Neal


Occupation: TV presenter

Rylan has proven he has a head for (show)business, rising through the ranks from reality TV contestant to one of the UK’s most loved presenters. Can he do the same with The Apprentice? He certainly has the gift of the gab, but will he entertain his fellow candidates or lead them to distraction?

He says: “As a massive fan of The Apprentice, I can’t wait to experience it from the other side of the screen as a candidate. I probably won’t be saying that for long though!”

Tameka Empson


Occupation: Actress
Since 2009, actress Tameka has played Kim Fox on EastEnders. Swapping Albert Square for the boardroom, will she be able to avoid any drama and make it through to the final credits?

Quote: “Like my EastEnders character Kim, I’m putting my best foot forward and preparing to throw myself into the task – and raise money for Comic Relief I am ready to prove to Lord Sugar that I’m someone not to be messed with when it comes to a business challenge!”

Ayda Williams


Occupation: Actress and TV personality

Not only is Ayda Williams a successful actress, television personality and talent judge on the X Factor – she is also married to popstar Robbie Williams and a mother of three. What skills and experience will Ayda bring with her in order to add a star turn to the girls’ event?

She says: “I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief. I’ve always been a fan of the show and I can’t wait to take on the boys to raise some money for an incredible cause!”

Kelly Hoppen


Occupation: Interior designer

Kelly was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2009 for Services to Interior Design, so the girls’ team should have an advantage when it comes to dressing their venue. With over 40 years’ experience in business under her belt, the iconic designer and ‘Queen of Taupe’ won’t take no for an answer. She proved her entrepreneurial credentials during her stint on Dragon’s Den – but will her business skills ensure the girls come out on top?

She says: “It’s amazing to be on a team with such strong, powerful women, raising money for an incredible cause. All I can say is, watch out Lord Sugar, here come the girls!”

Omid Djalili


Occupation: Comedian and actor

Omid will have to get used to not being centre stage and work as a team player to make sure their event goes smoothly. However, having also appeared in smash-hit films such as Gladiator, will he fight to the death when he faces Lord Sugar in the boardroom and bring an extra sprinkle of stardust for the boys’ team?

He says: “In the movie The Mummy, a strange and angry beetle burrowed under my character’s flesh and tried to eat me from the inside... and may I say what a pleasure it will be to work with Lord Sugar again.”

Rachel Johnson


Occupation: Journalist

With her successful reputation as a journalist and broadcaster, Rachel could be the one-to-watch when it comes to impressing Lord Sugar. However, never being one to zip her lip, will she be able to stay on the right side of The Apprentice boss in the boardroom?

She says: “I’m a huge Apprentice fan but have always wondered if Lord Sugar is as mean as he appears on screen… I fear I’m going to find out!”

Richard Arnold


Occupation: Journalist and TV presenter

As a TV presenter, Richard has been at the forefront of breaking news in the entertainment world – but will he be able to stay ahead of the pack in the boardroom? And unlike his colleague Piers Morgan (fired from the process by Lord Sugar in 2007), can he help the Boys team to victory?

He says: “When it comes to big business, I can’t tell a spread sheet from a bed sheet but I am prepared to take on the battle of the boardroom with all the bombast of a seasoned showbiz veteran of 25 years. It’s that, or find myself over Piers Morgan’s knees on Good Morning Britain. He’ll enjoy it too much.”

Russell Kane


Occupation: Writer and comedian

The award-winning comedian is no stranger to The Apprentice, having appeared on the panel of BBC Two’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired! to give his opinion about the candidates’ successes and failures. But will Russell be able to put his money where his mouth is in the boardroom?

He says: “Watching us try and work together will probably be pant-wettingly funny and I’m sure I’ll cringe watching it back, but it’s going to be a unique experience and all in the name of an amazing cause.”

Sam Allardyce


Occupation: Ex-football manager
Previous England and Everton Manager, Sam is an experienced leader having managed seven Premier League clubs. But will he be able to whip his team into shape and score in the boardroom?

He says: “I’m hoping my managerial experience will help me “off the field” and I’ll be looking to outwit the girls’ team, but I’m fully prepared for them to be some fierce competition.”

Celebrity Apprentice For Comic Relief airs on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 March at 9pm on BBC One.

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