A special Celebrity Apprentice series will air over two days in aid of Comic Relief.

Broadcasting on BBC One on Thursday (March 7th) and Friday (March 8th), the long-standing entrepreneur show will open its doors to 10 famous faces.

As always, Lord Alan Sugar will lead the proceedings, with Claude Littner and Karen Brady by his side. Here’s everything you need to know about the contestants and who is the favourite to win.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice  -  Rachel Johnson, Amanda Holden, Tameka Empson, Ayda Field, Kelly Hoppen, Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar, Claude Littner, Richard Arnold, Omid Djalili, Rylan Clark-Neal, Russell Kane - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Rachel Johnson, Amanda Holden, Tameka Empson, Ayda Field, Kelly Hoppen, Karren Brady, Lord Alan Sugar, Claude Littner, Richard Arnold, Omid Djalili, Rylan Clark-Neal, Russell Kane – Photographer: Jim Marks

The Favourites: Sam Allardyce and Kelly Hoppen

Those who don’t know much about football are unlikely to be familiar with Sam Allardyce.

However, the footie-heads among us know that Big Sam is the king of wheeling and dealing in the transfer market.

He’s renown for shrewd business on a tight budget and has to be considered a clear favourite for Celebrity Apprentice 2019 – route one business at its finest!

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice  - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

Kelly Hoppen is an interior designer and business owner, giving her a sneaky advantage when it comes to understanding the daily operations of running a business.

The 59-year-old has an MBE for her contributions to the industry and has designed interior for the likes of David and Victoria Beckham. Depending on the task, it could be a stroll in the park for Kelly.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice  - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

The Underdogs: Amanda Holden and Ayda Williams

It remains to be seen how business-savvy Amanda Holden is but you can’t deny the 48-year-old’s eye for the ‘next big thing’ having excelled as a regular judge on Britain’s Got Talent since 2007.

She’s unlikely to be afraid of speaking out in the boardroom and has to be considered another early favourite.

Likewise, Ayda Williams has similar experience from her time on X Factor and must know a thing or two about keeping an eye on the purse strings as the wife of pop-star Robbie Williams.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice  - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice  - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

The No-Hope Gang: Ryan Clark-Neal and Russell Kane

Unfortunately, there always has to be a couple of candidates who no-one can see making much of an impact.

In comedian Russell Kane and TV presenter Ryan Clarke-Neal there is sure to be a lot of creativity, but can they hold their own under the scouring pressure of Big Al Sugz?

We think not.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

The Rest of the Celebrity Apprentice 2019 Contestants

Rachel Johnson – editor, journalist and TV presenter.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

Tameka Empson – actress and comedian.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

Omid Djalili – actor, TV producer and writer.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

Richard Arnold – TV presenter and journalist.

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice - Photographer: Jim Marks

Comic Relief Does The Apprentice – Photographer: Jim Marks

 

WATCH CELEBRITY APPRENTICE 2019 ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (MARCH 7TH AND 8TH) ON BBC ONE

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