OFFSTAGE: Trace Adkins Predicts John Rich Takeover at Celebrity Apprentice

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John Rich comes across as a leader — not a follower. And he’s not shy. That’s why I know he’s going to rule Celebrity Apprentice as soon as the new season kicks off on March 6. And Trace Adkins knows it, too. CMT Insider asked Adkins how he thought Rich would do on the Donald Trump reality show. “He’s gonna come in there, and he’s gonna be gung-ho and take over the whole thing, and you know what I’m sayin’?” he said. “He probably actually wants to work with Trump, that’s probably his ultimate goal, or kick Trump out and take over the whole thing. As a matter of fact, when I finished that first season of The Apprentice, I was asked by them, ‘Do you have any other country artists that you think might be good for them?’ And before they even got it out of their mouth, I said ‘John Rich.’ I said, ‘He’s gonna give you what you want. Trust me.’” Rich will be up against some stiff competition, though. Dionne Warwick, Meat Loaf, Star Jones, Gary Busey, Playboy playmate Hope Dworaczyk, my teenage-girl crush David Cassidy and so many more. That cast of characters is bound to keep things interesting.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.