May 20, 2005 -- KENDRA TODD nailed the most grueling job interview of all last night — snagging a job working for Donald Trump.
The Donald picked Todd, a real-estate broker from Boynton Beach, Fla., as the first female winner of "The Apprentice" on live television, in a telecast originating from NYU.
As her prize, Todd, 26, will oversee the renovation of a mansion Trump owns near his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Todd, a member of the "book smart" team, has a degree from the University of South Florida.
Meanwhile, next fall's class of Trump wannabes on "The Apprentice" were personally selected by Trump.
"They [the producers] broke a million [applicants] down to 2,000 people," Trump told Regis Philbin on yesterday's edition of "Live! With Regis & Kelly."
"Out of the 2,000 people, I picked along with ["Apprentice" creator] Mark Burnett, 18 people that I loved."
Trump said the reason he personally got involved with the casting process this time was because he was not "thrilled" with the latest crop of contestants who competed on the show.