Clay Aiken, Victoria Gotti Head Up New "Celebrity Apprentice" Cast

Get ready for the fifth installment of Donald Trump's celebrity circus

By Eric Alt
|  Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:05 PM EDT
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At this point, the "Celebrity Apprentice" formula is tried and true: Gather disparate celebrities from all forms of entertainment, sit them down in front of a scowling Donald Trump, and let the cash (and cattiness) fly like crazy.

With the fifth installment set to premiere on NBC on February 12th, it all comes down to the question of who is going to be thrown into the Trumpian Lion's Den.

Now we know. Judging solely on their potential to be wildly entertaining, this may be one of the most colorful casts yet. We have...

"American Idol" season two runner-up Clay Aiken.

Comedian and one-time talk show host (and Eddie Murphy sidekick) Arsenio Hall.

Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and "Wayne's World" dreamgirl Tia Carrere.

Dee Snider, the former frontman of 80s hair metal band Twisted Sister and notorious PMRC gadfly.

Marco Andretti, IndyCar racer and grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti.

Radio and TV personality Adam Carolla.

Former "Incredible Hulk" and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.

Deborah Gibson, the 80s pop star better known as "Debbie."

"The Real Housewives of New Jersey" table-flipper Teresa Giudice.

The one person you most want to see go manicured fingernail-to-manicured fingernail with Teresa:  Victoria Gotti, daughter of infamous crime boss John.

Magician, comedian, and Las Vegas fixture Penn Jillette (one half of famous comedy and magic duo "Penn & Teller").

Foul-mouthed comic and Comedy Central Roast stand-out Lisa Lampanelli.

Former Miss Universe (2008), Dayana Mendoza.

Aubrey O'Day, a singer and former member of Danity Kane, a pop group formed and shepherded by P. Diddy.

"Star Trek" icon and gay rights activist George Takei. Oh my.

"American Chopper" star and motorcycle designer Paul Teutul Sr.

Cheryl Tiegs, who was a supermodel before the term was even popular.

Actress ("The Mummy," "Arrested Development") and former model Patricia Velasquez.

And there you have it....now we can start ticking down the days until the Feb. 12th premiere and the first star to face the "You're Fired" firing line.

Selected Reading: NBC.com, E! Online, People

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