I don't want to be too hard on my girl Natalie Gulbis, but I'm a little concerned about how much longer she's going to last on Celebrity Apprentice. She's managed to make it through three episodes this season -- mostly because the men's team is an unorganized mess that continues to lose challenges. (The Donald isn't doing much to help the men out, though; the challenges have involved selling wedding dresses and making cupcakes. Advantage women.)
In the premiere, the two teams of celebrities were challenged to make cupcakes and sell them on the street for charity. There was a snafu in the kitchen on the women's team, and Natalie was in the middle of it. She must have forgotten an ingredient because her chocolate cupcakes came out of the oven flat. Strike one. Luckily, the ladies were saved by some chocolate ganache, and no one realized the cupcakes hadn't risen.
In the second episode, the challenge was to create an advertising campaign for Zappos.com. Natalie's role was to dress up as the company's spokesperson, Mrs. Z. The costume involved a very short skirt and some very high platform heels (see the video below). Natalie was relatively vocal about her distaste for the outfit, calling it "Halloween meets stripper," and didn't shy away from telling the Donald that she felt uncomfortable. Way to support the team. Strike two.
She fared better in the third episode, helping the ladies pick out wedding dresses in her team's store. Perhaps it's just the editing that makes Gulbis, one of the LPGA's most successful stars on and off the course, seem timid compared to the rest of the cast. Scanning the extra footage on NBC.com, I came across this clip of Natalie ripping apart the men's advertisement for Zappos. She's insightful. Maybe she does stand a chance against the likes of the outspoken Joan Rivers, poker champion Annie Duke and Playboy playmate Brande Roderick. Let's hope so.
The Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC. You can catch up with the episodes on NBC.com, and Natalie is blogging about her experiences on LPGA.com. GOLF.com Interview: Natalie Gulbis | More Photos | Swing Sequence | More on Gulbis