O'Donnell's Trump card for 'Apprentice' role
FORMER minister Liz O'Donnell has revealed that she has been looking to Donald Trump for inspiration for her new role in 'Celebrity Apprentice'.
The Irish Independent columnist will join judge Caroline Downey Desmond on the show which will feature star contestants including singer Francis Black, model Daniella Moyles and Boyzone singer Mikey Graham.
Ms O'Donnell, a former junior foreign affairs minister, said it was philanthropist Downey Desmond who encouraged her to step outside her "comfort zone" to take part in the programme.
"I am stepping outside my comfort zone – I haven't done much in broadcasting, especially any kind of broadcasting outside of the political sphere, so it'll be interesting, but good fun."
Filming on the TV3 series will start next week, by which time Liz will be an expert on Donald Trump, the billionaire star of the American 'Apprentice'.
"I did watch some (episodes) and enjoyed it.
"This is not as big as the American version, of course, but I think it will still make good viewing."
Ms O'Donnell will play adviser to Ms Downey Desmond alongside businessman John Maguire.