Trace Adkins (Photo: Christopher Polk)Who's ready for another season of Celebrity Apprentice...and, better yet, one composed of some of the most colorful former contestants? Trace Adkins--who competed in Season 7 and lost to Piers Morgan--admits that he didn't think he'd ever put himself through "anything like that" again, citing the rigors and pressure of the show's schedule. However, it took a worthy cause to put the deep-voiced country star back in the Trump vehicle for yet another round, which starts March 3 on NBC.
Back in 2011, Adkins's Nashville-area residence caught fire and was destroyed as a result of a random electrical misfire. The singer was out of town and his wife was running errands when the blaze struck; luckily his children, pets, and houseguests who were visiting at the time all got out safely. American Red Cross volunteers were among the first on the scene to help the family through the traumatic experience until Adkins could arrive home.
Adkins, who hadn't realized the scope of the Red Cross's efforts prior to the catastrophe, was profoundly grateful and has pledged to help them in return however he can. First off, he's chosen the organization as his charity on this season's All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. He's also partnered with the Hard Rock franchise to support American Red Cross month with the sale of a limited-edition pin designed to raise funds for the organization. He appeared at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood on Wednesday to unveil the fundraiser and discuss his dedication to the cause.
We had the opportunity to talk to Adkins about his upcoming appearance on Apprentice, and true to form, he gave us the straight scoop with absolutely no B.S.--and few words wasted! Be sure to tune in to the season premiere Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Our Country: Being on Apprentice is, by all accounts, an incredibly grueling experience--long hours, lots of pressure. What made you decide to join the cast for a second time?
Absolutely, it is everything that everybody else has told you. It is an exercise in restraint, it's time consuming...it's trying. I didn't think I'd ever do anything like that again. I felt that I owed a debt to the American Red Cross for them being on the scene when my house burned in June 2011--I wasn't there. And when this came along, I thought, here's an opportunity for me to try to get some money.
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