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Rich wins Celebrity Apprentice

Sunday, May 22, 2011 – John Rich is the newest Celebrity Apprentice. Donald Trump announced Rich as the winner of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” over runner-up Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin on tonight’s live season finale in New York City.

In tonight’s episode, Rich shocked Matlin, pulling his “Trump card” and making “The Celebrity Apprentice” history as the first ever apprentice to bring in additional money in the finale. Rich added an unexpected additional donation of $250,000 from Dollar General and Reckitt Benckiser and $25,000 from The Melting Pot, which was delivered to him during the show’s final task for 7UP.

As the newest Celebrity Apprentice winner, Rich received the $250,000 prize for his charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The show's charity earnings for the season totaled $3,120,852 - the largest amount ever raised by a TV series.

"Today has been an unbelievable day," said Rich. "I got Trump to put on a Stetson hat on national television and now I g,et to drive down to Memphis with a $250,000 check for St. Jude Children's Hospital. This entire experience has been for the kids, and I'm so excited to raise money for this cause and help save lives. Everyone, please purchase the song For the Kids. All of the proceeds will go straight to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital."

In the final episode, Rich performed his new song For the Kids, the title track off his new EP.

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Rich Rocks CD review - Rich Rocks
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For the Kids CD review - For the Kids
A better title for this six-song John Rich album is "For Parents of Kids" because these tracks aren't really directed at kid listeners. There are no tunes about animals or toys. Rich never sings in a silly voice. Heck, he doesn't even tell a corny joke. The most telling song on this collection is Thank God for Kids, once a big hit for The Oak Ridge Boys. The former is significant because all these songs express thankfulness for the little ones in our lives. »»»
Son Of A Preacher Man CD review - Son Of A Preacher Man
John Rich managed to find time to make an album of his own music after producing others, writing songs, hosting "Gone Country" and maybe thinking about Big & Rich. He starts off strongly out of the box with his single Shuttin Detroit Down, his ultra-timely condemnation of Wall Street at the expense of Main Street. It's catchy and gets his message across with a lot of twang. However, Rich is never one to go gingerly in his starting his views - a failure of The Good Lord and the Man, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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