Bravo is bringing back the Real Housewives Awards for the fourth year in a row. This time, the ladies from across the franchise will compete for fans’ votes in various categories within the back-to-school theme.
Fortunately, it seems like this list was compiled with the intention to make sure everyone feels included, which is nice. Unfortunately, it seems like this list was compiled with the intention to make sure everyone feels included, which means that many of the nominations do not make sense. Nevertheless, the fandom will (hopefully) make the right decisions. Either way you slice it, nominating every housewife is a good way to ensure that a lot of them show up when the awards are handed out. So at least that’s good.
These are the categories (and my corresponding opinions):
The first category is “Most Likely to Live in A Mansion.”
The first thing I notice after reading the list of nominees is that New Jersey is excluded. Shade thrown – for sure. It also doesn’t make sense to include anyone from New York City since they all live in apartments, but then again they are luxury apartments so carry on. Obviously this whole category is designed to reignite the Atlanta mansion war between Sheree Whitfield and Kenya Moore, who are both nominated, of course. The other nominees include Lisa Vanderpump (duh), Shannon Beador, Stephanie Hollman (her husband bought a home with a pool in the living room so she had to make the list), Bethenny Frankel, and Charrisse Jackson-Jordan (she did not put in that champagne room for nothing). This should really just be about the Beverly Hills cast in all honesty.
The “New Girl” category is pretty straight forward. It’s everyone who joined the franchise this year: Dorit Kemsley, Peggy Sulahian, Kameron Westcott, D’Andra Simmons, Tinsley Mortimer, and Monique Samuels. This one is most likely going to Dorit or Tinsley since they are on the veteran shows and pretty much everyone in Potomac or Dallas is at “New Girl” status in the franchise, so there’s no point of being the “newest” among a whole cast of new girls.
The “Most Likely to Surprise Everyone at the Reunion” category is a juicy one.
It is obviously referencing the biggest reunion episode revelations. Without question this should go to Porsha Williams for outing Phaedra Parks as the one who started the date rape rumors about Kandi Burruss. That was beyond shocking. Kim Richards giving Lisa Rinna that bunny is a close second place. Teresa Giudice accusing Jacqueline Laurita of calling the Feds was also pretty outrageous. Ashley Darby surprised the fans when she announced that she was living separately from her husband. Tamra Judge, Brandi Redmond, and Bethenny are also nominated.
Of course a “Class Comedian” category had to be included with high school themed awards.
I have no idea why Phaedra Parks was nominated. She didn’t end her last season on a “funny” note. Sure, she threw in some humorous shade en route to her demise, but including her is awkward at this point. Lisa Rinna asking if people were doing coke in Dorit’s bathroom was one of the funniest moments ever, even though she was asking in a serious manner, but I’m really not here for any of her “intentional” jokes. The other nominees include Vicki Gunvalson, LeeAnne Locken, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Monique Samuels. Why isn’t Dorinda Medley on this list? She should not only be on this list, but she should be winning this award. Hopefully it goes to another New York lady in her honor. Luann and Sonja are hilarious so either would make sense.
“Most Likely To Never Age” is going to be a tough category. I feel like it’s a tie between nominees Cynthia Bailey and Ramona Singer if I’m being honest. The other nominees include Lisa Rinna, Kelly Dodd, D’Andra Simmons, and Karen Huger. Tamra Judge and her perfect face lift should definitely be on this list. Shaking my head, Bravo.
Things get a little odd with the “Best Friends” award.
Erika Girardi and Kyle Richards are grouped as a pair. Sure, they are friends, but there are definitely closer duos in the 90210 that would make sense for this award. Then again, it’s clear these awards are more about making sure everyone is included than actually making sense and pleasing the fans.
The pair formally known as Frick and Frack – Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams – scored a nomination, which is awkward considering that they are not friends anymore. It could be interesting TV to see them accept the award together though. Nevertheless, I really don’t want to see Phaedra on Bravo ever again after what she did to Kandi, so I feel conflicted about that.
Brandi Redmond and LeeAnne Locken were nominated in a move that I feel was designed to get a rise out of Stephanie Hollman. And then there are pairs that actually make sense: Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan, Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice, Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon, and Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson. There were some obvious exclusions though: Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador, Siggy Flicker and Dolores Catania, Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill. Those are some “attached at the hip” bonds that I expected to see in this category for sure.
I have no idea why, but they decided to give out awards for “Most Athletic.”
This seems a little bit off-brand to me. Maybe if it was skewed toward being in shape it would be more applicable. But anyway, it includes Kenya Moore, Dorit Kemsley, Tamra Judge, Dolores Catania, Siggy Flicker, Carole Radziwill, and Ashley Darby. Carole has been complaining about exercise for years so I don’t get why she’s on this list just because she decided to run a marathon. Kenya works out a lot and Dolores and Tamra own gyms. The rest of this doesn’t make sense.
The “Prom King and Queen” category is full of polarizing choices: Dorit and PK Kemsley, Lydia and Doug McLaughlin, Melissa and Joe Gorga, Karen and Ray Huger, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, Mark and Cary Deuber, and then the wildcard of Sonja Morgan and “Frenchie.”
The contenders for “Best Style” are Shereé Whitfield, Erika Girardi (but not Erika Jayne?), Meghan Edmonds, Kameron Westcott, Ramona Singer, and Karen Huger. Once again New Jersey was completely snubbed (and subsequently shaded) by being excluded from this race.
This award for “Most Likely To Succeed (in Reading)” is actually a tough contest. It really should be between all of the Atlanta ladies and Dorinda Medley, but the actual nominees are Porsha Williams, Erika Girardi, Kelly Dodd, LeeAnne Locken, Teresa Giudice, Gizelle Bryant, and (thankfully) Dorinda Medley.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CATEGORIES AND NOMINATIONS? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT NEW JERSEY NOT GETTING A NOMINATION IN EVERY CATEGORY?
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