Luann de Lesseps knows how to please a crowd.
The “Real Housewives of New York City” star, 53, took her rebooted cabaret show, “Countess and Friends,” to Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Saturday night, and the audience — a majority of whom wore jumpsuits and excessive amounts of sequins — went wild.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the sold-out show, while several stayed after for a $150 meet and greet with the Countess herself.
Clad in several Jovani outfits — a V-neck dress dripping in paillettes, a strapless silver sequin gown, a glittering blue dress and a bejeweled jumpsuit — de Lesseps sang classic songs like “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and her own singles, including “Chic C’est La Vie” and “Money Can’t Buy You Class.”
While she joked about the other Housewives, rehab and her failed marriages to Count Alexandre de Lesseps and Tom D’Agostino, the packed audience booed the latter and yelled “Jovani!” accordingly.
“[The audience is] just so into it! They get dressed up … I love it!” de Lesseps exclaimed to Page Six Style backstage after the show, which featured special guests like comedian and drag king Murray Hill and singer Spencer Day. “It’s fabulous that they put effort into coming to see the show. It means a lot to me.”
The former nurse-turned-television personality joked about Jovani at the very beginning of the show, touching on her past fights with Dorinda Medley about the brand. “I didn’t realize how this Jovani thing would blow up, but it did,” she said backstage. “It’s great — it just fits me like a glove and they have gorgeous things and I wear them in the shows. Why fix it if it’s not broken?”
When asked about putting her sometimes cringeworthy moments from the Bravo show into her live performance, Luann said it’s all in good fun. “You have to have a sense of humor, otherwise it’s just too tragic. So I try to find the humor,” she said. “Although I take seriously what happened to me, and I’m dealing with that, I try to find the humor in it during the show.”
Onstage, de Lesseps chastised D’Agostino for cheating, revealed that she kept the engagement ring and spoke about being “slut-shamed” in Turks and Caicos. There was also plenty of material about rehab, including a rendition of the song by Amy Winehouse.
After her arrest for disorderly intoxication on Christmas 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida, the mom of two has been to treatment two times in 12 months and been subject to probation conditions that include community service, sobriety class, AA meetings and more.
Though papers obtained by the Post revealed that de Lesseps has skipped out on most of her requirements, the reality star said she is dealing with it all on Season 11 of the Bravo show.
“I have a good time this season. It’s not been easy,” de Lesseps said. “Being on a show like this, a lot of things that we do are based around parties and things like that. But my sobriety is the most important thing, and I’m taking it day by day. It’s not easy, but I’m committed to it.”
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