Surya on Season 6 of The Apprentice

Surya (NBC/Mitchell Haaseth)

To revive ratings for the upcoming season, reality-TV based series “The Apprentice” moves from NY to LA, replaces judges Carolyn Kepcher and George Ross with Trump offspring Ivanka and Donald, Jr., and adds a women’s ice hockey Olympian to the mix of candidates. Local media reports that Surya Yalamanchili (no known relation) is one of the 18 candidates who will vie for the coveted career opportunity to work with legendary business tycoon Donald Trump.

The Procter & Gamble brand manager is one of 18 members on the sixth season of Donald Trump’s reality competition. The series premieres Jan. 7.

Yalamanchili, 24, former class president and commencement speaker at Rutgers University, is a media strategist for the company.

Born in Norristown, Pa., and raised in Old Bridge, N.J., he started a successful e-commerce strategy company at age 15 and worked full time at a Web company while in college, according to NBC. (Local man on ‘Apprentice’)

TVgasm notes that Surya is a standout candidate who “would make a perfect husband for beautiful Ivanka!” He blogs at

Reality TV World provides more information on the rest of this season’s candidates.

Apprentice 6. (NBC/Mitchell Haaseth)
December 17, 2006
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