Sunday, October 2, 2011

EXCLUSIVE Review of the Real Housewives LIVE Tour

So, last night (October 1st) was the kickoff of the Real Housewives LIVE Tour in Atlantic City, NJ. I love AC and I obviously love the Housewives so this 8pm show was right up my alley!

Originally scheduled to appear was my favorite of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kyle Richards, but she was replaced about a week ago by Cynthia Bailey. Joining the Real Housewives of Atlanta beauty on stage last night in Atlantic City were one each of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, New York City, and Orange County; Caroline Manzo, Countess LuAnn DeLesseps, and Vicki Gunvalson took the stage by storm and gave the fans a great night to remember!

Not many "secrets" were revealed by the four women but they were so much fun, very personable, and interacted with each other a lot, which I found to be quite entertaining! We learned that LuAnn would like to get married to Jacques one day but not any time soon and that Vicki's new boyfriend of 10 months (Brooks) will appear on Season 7 of RHoOC, which is currently filming. Caroline revealed that Season 4 of RHoNJ is filming now, too, and that the family drama between Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga & Kathy Wakile reaches unbelievable depths and unexpected lows. Cynthia said that she and husband Peter Thomas, who sat in the audience with Caroline's mother and daughter (Lauren), just reached their 1 year wedding anniversary and are very happy together.

John Jude, a producer on my beloved Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live, did a great job hosting the event and talking to the ladies.

A few video vignettes were put together for the women to comment on, much like the set up of the infamous reunion specials. Each Housewife also had an introductory video as they walked out onto the stage at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater (which was beautiful by the way). [You can see Countess LuAnn's intro vid on my Twitter @OhHellYes.]

Audience questions were fielded by the Housewives and a Twitter-question as well as a "Bravo blue carpet" video-question were answered. Most questions were pretty uninteresting but it was nice to see the ladies loose and ready to have fun with the audience.

The Housewives also played a few WWHL-like games that were fun. One had a Newlywed Game feel to it where the host had asked the ladies' men some questions about their habits and qualities, what animal they would be (Cynthia - bird, Caroline - puppy, LuAnn - an animal not yet discovered, and Vicki - a lion or tiger), and how they would react to the possibility of getting plastic surgery (Jacques said "not today, but in 10 years maybe" for LuAnn - she was a great sport and laughed it off!).

It was all in good fun and many of the women's answers matched up with their men's answers, but Caroline came out on top (no surprise there!) with Cynthia as the tied winners while LuAnn and Vicki struggled a bit since their relationships are fairly new.

There was a ridiculous trivia contest between two dingbats for the "biggest Housewives fan" but the girls chosen knew nothing and got prizes anyway (I'm not bitter... -_-).

When asked about the shocking departure of 4 of the 7 Real Housewives of New York City, LuAnn said she'd miss Jill (eff that!) but that she was looking forward to meeting the 3 new replacements when Season 5 starts shooting in the coming weeks. Other than that, she said that her cringeworthy moment of last season was not really letting Ramona have it and telling her off more; LuAnn promises more of that in the new season, though!

Cynthia said that on Season 4 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, which premieres Sunday November 6th, she always went in on the defensive with her castmates and that there is a lot of drama this season. She also said that NeNe Leakes is her girl both on and off the show (yay!).

As a sidenote, Caroline said her girl's night out buddy would be Jacqueline and Vicki said hers is Tamra.

Lastly, which I found the most fun, was a positive Bethenny mention from none other than my favorite Countess! When asked by an audience member if she preferred Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio or Skinnygirl Margarita, LuAnn said Skinnygirl ("I love my tequila with Bethenny!" she said). She later revealed that she has seen B since getting her own show and leaving Housewives and that they are friendly and have no issues between them. <3

I have to say, I went to this live tour knowing I loved Caroline and LuAnn, but I left LOVING LuAnn's charismatic and fun-loving personality and I really enjoyed Cynthia's spirit - she was a lot of fun. I had never liked Vicki but I really enjoyed her a lot too on the tour and my opinion has definitely changed on her character. The 4 ladies provided a fantastic night and I enjoyed each one of them immensely!

All in all, it was SUCH a fun night in Atlantic City with the Real Housewives and I had a great time! Also, I had to buy something (mostly because I wanted this cool black shopping bag), so I bought this neat plastic reusable Real Housewives Live Tour cup.

Any questions? Hit up the comments and tweet me @OhHellYes!


Anonymous said...

How much did you pay for the merchandise??

Anonymous said...

aww, i'm SO jealous!!!
i heart heart heart Countess Lulu !!

Anonymous said...

Interesting how the audience is not photographed under lighting so that we can see how many empty seats there are in the auditorium...I cannot believe that women would pay for this sort of thing in this economy.

Anonymous said...

Not only are the numbers of vacant seats not shown, but the type of audience member isn't shown either.

Extrapolating info from the message board and forum postings, my guess is that the viewership is mainly with 50+ year old women who also tend to obesity.

It would have been fun to see these women in the audience. LOL

Anonymous said...

Looking EVEN MORE forward to the Atlanta Tour this weekend after reading your blog! It'll be a fun GNO, for sure! These other folk are just "stick in the muds" ...if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything!