After more than a decade of friendships and feuds, viewers who’ve followed the life of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast from the start can’t help but choose their favorite housewife. But what helps make one of these Bravolebrities popular with fans? Is it a skill to create drama without making it seem staged? Is it the best wardrobe, home, or career outside of reality? Or could it deliver the best one-liners?
The show’s executive producer, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, knows what qualities he looks for in a potential Bravo star. “Someone funny and unique and interesting to watch. Someone who has something to say and is different, surprising and just plain worth seeing,” he told Paper. He also noted that feuds between castmates are popular with viewers, saying, “People like to choose sides.” During a 2015 episode of “WWHL,” Cohen spoke to Nene Leakes about a few other qualities that one ideal housewife must possess, including a willingness to “explore all facets of your marriage, motherhood, friendships and just really get involved” – with cameras, of course.
This is one man who knows his stuff — not only is he the housewives boss, but he also dons his host hat for reunion specials, where some of the most memorable “RHOBH” moments from each season are dissected by the cast. But does one of the traits he list describe viewers’ favorite housewife?
Lisa Rinna danced her way into the hearts of RHOBH fans
In a poll conducted by Nicki Swift, 27.35% (157) of respondents named Lisa Rinna as their favorite Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star. Kyle Richards was the second most admired performer with 23.87% (137) of the vote, while spinoff star Lisa Vanderpump’s piece of the pie was 20.38% (117), proving that Bravo fans are yet to fall short of Vanderpump -Suffer overkill. Erika Jayne came fourth with 16.72% (96) of readers voting her Best Housewife in Beverly Hills, and Garcelle Beauvais brought up the rear with 11.67% (67) of the vote.
Thanks to her acting career, Rinna spent decades in front of the camera before joining the “RHOBH” cast, so she easily ticked off one of the qualities Andy Cohen listed when Paper asked him what it takes to be a reality TV star to become: a lack of desperation to be on TV. And Rinna didn’t mind dropping the script. “I think what makes a good housewife is [a willingness] living their lives openly in front of the cameras,” Cohen said on Watch What Happens Live. According to Cohen, Rinna’s ease of integration into the cast has been another huge boon due to her longstanding relationships with Vanderpump and Richards. The Rinna Beauty founder also invites fans into her life on Instagram in ways she can’t on the show, like when she shares these well-loved dance videos starring her husband, actor Harry Hamlin, who strangely ignored their turns.