LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – While Fox has The X-Factor with Simon Cowell. Bravo has The Shi-Shi-Shi-Factor with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yet suddenly this season on RHOBH, Lisa Vanderpump and especially Camille Grammer have lacked the over-the-top personalities that were exemplified in season one. While Adrienne Maloof has kept the storyline decadence alive with the Spa episode, has Bravo’s RHOBH slowly been losing its shi-shi-shi factor?
A year ago, the leading news story for RHOBH was Camille Grammer, her Playboy photos, her feud with Kyle Richards, and her jaw dropping taste in luxury. Lisa Vanderpump equally exhibited an over-the-top fish-out-of-water approach, from visiting the local scary DMV, to her decadent moments at home.
This season, Grammer has barely had any storylines. Viewers did get to see her amazing ski-lodge. But Lisa Vanderpump told us this month that she wanted to spend roughly “only” $100,000 for a wedding. Oh the horror! The true decadence (so far) this season has come not from Lisa but her friend Mohamed Amid.
Faye Resnick Pictures
Bravo has yet to explain to viewers while certain key Housewives like Grammer have been dropped in the storyline department this season of RHOBH. Brandi Glanville, who doesn’t even boast a full Housewife credit from Bravo, has dominated episode airtime. Kyle Richards overwhelms ever conversation (almost too much). And despite how much fans are fascinated by Kim Richards, Bravo has turned Kim into the equivalent of a Kelly Bensimon character for Beverly Hills.
The drop in opulence for Beverly Hills was so apparent that even wedding planner Kevin Lee got angry this month. Kevin suggested that Lisa doesn’t understand what is expected of people in Beverly Hills.
In the words of Kevin Lee, it’s the “shi shi shi” factor. “Beverly Hills, darling, Shi Shi Shi Shi”. Whenever Lisa asked Kevin if she can do something simple, intimate, small scale, Lee was disgusted.”No. This is Beverly Hills.”
With Pandora’s wedding around the corner, there is still hope that Camille and Lisa can still rekindle their inner “shi shi shi”. But for now, the camel is looking elsewhere … to Mohammed’s mansion Le Belvedere.