Donald Trump's new competitors on "Celebrity Apprentice," include "American Idol" alum Clay Aiken, "Star Trek" veteran George Takei, bodybuilding champion/"Incredible Hulk" actor Lou Ferrigno, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and former talk show host Arsenio Hall.
Trump unveiled the names on NBC's "Today" Wednesday, the morning after the Iowa caucuses for the Republican presidential nomination. His decision not to seek it didn't keep him using the casting announcement to try to grab some of the spotlight from Iowa winners Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Trump says he is still considering a run as an independent.
Rounding out the cast for the new season, which premieres on NBC on Feb. 12: radio and TV host Adam Carolla, magician Penn Jillette, Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider, car racing legend Michael Andretti, "American Chopper" star Paul Teutul Sr., supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop singer Debbie Gibson, actress Tia Carrere, mob daughter Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, actress Aubrey O’Day and model Patricia Velásquez.
Check out an interview with several of the newbie contestants below, as well as Trump, who calls the new cast the show's best ever: