October 16, 2010 06:13:44 GMT
The stars like John Rich, NeNe Leakes and Gary Busey were spotted at 5th Avenue Penthouse in Trump Tower to kick off the production that continues until first week of December.
Another set of names who will join the next "The Celebrity Apprentice" has been unveiled. Country star John Rich of Big & Rich will be competing against "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes and actor Gary Busey.
According to Las Vegas weekly, these stars have gathered in New York during a private cocktail party to meet each other for the first time. Spotted at the event are the three newly announced contestants along with Meat Loaf, Marlee Matlin, Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, David Cassidy, Lil Jon, Jose Canseco, Richard Hatch, Niki Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Mark McGrath, Star Jones and Lisa Rinna.
The gathering is part of the preliminary production in New York. The real filming will take place on Monday, October 18 with all the 16 contestants down to the first challenge. The noticeably bigger number of contestants will result in fast eliminations that wilt them down to final 10. The ten episodes will air starting March and the cast reunite in May for the finale.