‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ preview: Lisa Lampanelli vs. Dayana Mendoza (again)

Our money’s on Lisa.

Despite actually bucking a trend and getting along this past week, “The Celebrity Apprentice” once again is going to turn into a face-off Sunday night between Lisa Lampanelli and Dayana Mendoza. Yes, it’s true that we have traveled down this road a million times before, and there are probably some of the same issues covered here — from Dayana’s work ethic to how Lisa takes command of the team whenever she is Project Manager.

What makes the idea of this feet even more entertaining (even though Lisa somehow ends up in tears) is that it happens in a task involving puppets … that ends up being one of the most horrifying tasks ever. Based on the preview clip below, it looks like teams have to actually design and build the puppets themselves, which turns consummate entertainer Penn Jillette into a puddle of stress, exhaustion, and shaky hands.

When it comes to Project Managers, it will be Lisa up against Paul Teutul Sr., who seems to be at a disadvantage in the task from the get-go. Not only is the entire goal of this task oriented around comedy (playing at adult version of the Jim Henson theater), but it’s also a live performance. Paul does have more creativity than folks give him credit for, but he’s also now without one of his best team members in Clay Aiken — who has been sent over to Lisa’s team. (Plus, there is still tension between Aubrey and Arsenio Hall.)

Will Aubrey O’Day try to overtake the greatest mustache in “Apprentice” history, and are we going to see Dayana escape elimination yet again? These are questions we will have answers to in our full review of the episode Sunday, but at least we can say that this looks like a ridiculously colorful party with screaming to boot.

Who do you think is in the greatest amount of danger this week — and who do you think will win this fight between Lisa and Dayana?

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