Natalie Cole + Real Housewife = A Dumbfounding Duet

Natalie Cole and LuAnn de LessepsNat King Cole is surely turning over in his grave right now with recent news that his incredibly talented, Grammy Award-winning daughter, Natalie Cole, is performing with one of The Real Housewives. Yes, for some mind-blowing reason Cole chose to sing a song with Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, which we'll see air on the season finale of The Real Housewives of New York City this Thursday. WTF?

Apparently The Countess hired the legendary Cole to sing at the one-year anniversary party she threw aboard a yacht in honor of her and her boyfriend, Jacques, who is a big fan of Cole's. (Side Note: Who the hell throws a one-year dating party?) When Cole agreed, she had just one little stipulation: That LuAnn sing with her.

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In a teaser video posted on Bravo LuAnn feigns complete astonishment that Cole has even heard of her song, "Money Can't Buy You Class," while you know she just assumes everyone has. But she quickly agreed to sing with her, of course.

The performance itself likely won't be that bad as Natalie could carry anyone -- even someone who defiles our ears with such ridiculous songs as LuAnn does. But the worst part is how much this little gig is going to pump up LuAnn's already overinflated ego. Already she's gushing about Cole like they're BFFs.  She told Radar Online:

It was an out of body experience. I still can’t believe I sang with Natalie Cole! Natalie is a doll, so easy to work with, so generous and just a down to earth gal – I love her!

Are we going to have to add this to her title now?

I hope they're paying Cole a pretty penny, because I just can't believe that she's a "huge fan of LuAnn's," as the site reports. Surely she has better taste that, no?

And as much as I love the Real Housewives, they're the Real Housewives. It's mind-numbing, trash television, that if I didn't "have" to write about for a living, I might be embarrassed to admit my obsession over. I'd like to think that legends like Cole wouldn't be able to be bothered by such things, but I guess it just goes to show that no one is immune from their pull. Kind of scary, huh?

What do you think of Natalie Cole singing with LuAnn de Lesseps? Are you looking forward to the season finale of The Real Housewives of New York on Thursday?


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