Countess LuAnn deLesseps may have been downgraded to a "friend of the housewives" on this season's Real Housewives of New York, but she's certainly coming in to the new season full force! After the premiere, LuAnn is giving her opinion on everything from new girl Kristen Taekman to Aviva Dresher's hot and cold personality. She dishes briefly on Carole Radziwill's writing career and Ramona Singer's "ramotional" behavior. She's actually spot on with all of her observations…it kind of make me wish the Countess was going to be a full time fixture!
She begins her Bravo blog, "Even though I’m not on the first couple of episodes, you’ll see me very soon. This season is exciting with the addition of a new Housewife, new adventures (think roughing it with cowboys), and more of the Housewifely drama that you’ve come to know and love! Since we were last together, my life has gone through some changes, including sending my daughter off to a top art school and watching my son grow into an confident young man as he finishes up high school in the city. I hope you will join me here each week, as I share my insights into everything RHONY."
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Adding her two cents on Sexy J Sonja Morgan's love life, LuAnn blogs, "Sonja seems to be enjoying her dating life and I think it’s great that she’s dating a range of men, some younger and some older. I hope that she finds true love, but along the way she’s sure to have a lot of fun. Her 23-year-old date in this episode was a little on the young side even for Sonja!"
Moving on to Aviva's return, LuAnn shares, "Oftentimes, it’s better to keep a difficult person at arm's length so that they can’t hurt you. Some of the ladies think that they should distance themselves from Aviva after her mean-spirited behavior last Season, and I can see why. She can be charming, but the way her personality turns ugly can be off-putting. Each Housewife will have to make her own decision on whether to be friends with Aviva or not," adding, "Ramona is fairly consistent in her erratic behavior. I've come to know what will set her off and how she will react to certain situations. She gets 'Ramotional' at times but we all know that this is part of her personality. I don't know if Aviva will be able get her back on her good side. I thought that Ramona was clear with Aviva that her feelings were hurt last Season. It’s going to take a lot of charm to pierce through Ramona's steely resolve."
Of Aviva's request to Carole, LuAnn writes, "Carole is a journalist and author with a lot of writing experience and she could be helpful to any aspiring author. I thought it was a bit presumptuous for Aviva to ask Carole to edit as a favor. It's like asking your doctor neighbor if he would comp your heart surgery just because you know each other! I don't think Carole working with Aviva is a good idea because there seemed to be friction between the two already." I couldn't agree more.
Complimenting the new cast member, the Countess explains, "My first impression of Kristen is that she can hold her own with these women. She is from good Connecticut Yankee stock! Not so sure I love her tag line though because she’s seems pretty smart and confident to me. Although Kristen is beautiful, I hope she focuses more on her wit than her hair."
LuAnn thankfully doesn't break out into her Money Can't Buy You Class song when commenting on Sonja's luncheon. The Countess recalls, "Sonja put on a lovely tea for the ladies, although I found her food placement puzzling. Instead of loading up the coffee table with sandwiches, she should have placed the food on another table and left space for the women to put down their champagne glasses and plates. Sonja is a generous hostess who loves to entertain…she just needs a little logistical help (and plates)!" continuing, "Kristen's insight into Ramona and Sonja’s relationship was spot on when she commented, 'If this is how the two of them are with friends, I do not want to be their enemy.' I told you there was more to Kristen than just beauty!"
The Countess concludes, "I give Ramona credit for agreeing to meet Aviva for drinks after how Aviva treated her last season. It shows that Ramona is making an effort to forgive. As for Aviva doing tequila shots to lighten up the mood, I say, 'Why not?' I hope that this détente will not be short lived because both women have strong personalities and they aren't afraid of conflict or show their emotions. Maybe they will give peace a chance? Until next week, bisous!"
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