Donald Trump announces new, recession-affected 'Apprentice' cast

the-apprentice-season-10-cast.jpgThe new season of Donald Trump and Mark Burnett's reality competition "The Apprentice" (the non-celebrity edition) returns to NBC on September 16. And while taping for the series' tenth season has already concluded, the 16 competitors are only now being revealed.

"I am very excited to have the civilian version of 'The Apprentice' back on the air this fall," Trump says, subtly pointing out that celebrities should never be mistaken for normal people. "The new edition will combine the realities of today's economic downturn with the grittiness, drama and excitement of the original series. Each of this season's 16 contestants has been hit hard by the economy and they are fighting back."

This may surprise you, but we haven't had a regular "Apprentice" since the economy took a toilet bath. The last run of the series concluded in April, 2007, so producers clearly had an especially large crop of candidate to choose from.

Here's a quick rundown of who's on board, and for photos, check out the "Apprentice" Season 10 gallery:

Tyana Alvarado
Age: 41
Hometown: Miami, FL
Career: Unemployed real estate agent and title-holder of "Miss Cougar California"

Kelly Smith Beaty
Age: 30
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Career: Unemployed public relations professional

Poppy Carlig
Age: 24
Hometown: Richmond, CA
Career: Recent college graduate

Stephanie Castagnier
Age: 34
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Career: Non-profit founder

Nicole Chiu
Age: 27
Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA
Career: Unemployed attorney

Alex Delgado
Age:  43
Hometown: Santa Ynez, CA
Career: Truck driver and unemployed mechanical engineer.

Gene Folkes
Age: 46
Hometown: Wylie, Texas)
Career: Entrpreuner

Wade Hanson
Age: 33
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Career: Realtor

David Johnson
Age: 34
Hometown: Portage, MI
Career: Unemployed account manager and part-time stand-up comedian

Brandy Kuentzel
Age: 30
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Career: Corporate attorney turned cupcake entrepreneur

Steuart Martens
Age: 27
Hometown: Washington, DC
Career: Entrepreneur

Liza Mucheru-Wisner
Age: 30
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Career: Entrepreneur and part-time aerobics instructor

Clint Robertson
Age: 40
Hometown: Austin, TX
Career: Unemployed accountant and real estate attorney

Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy
Age: 29
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Career: Assistant District Attorney and online TV host

Anand Vasudev
Age: 31
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Career: Entrepreneur

James Weir
Age: 31
Hometown: New York, NY
Career: Unemployed attorney and volunteer

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