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Move over, Kim Zolciak-Biermann!
There's another Real Housewife trying to warble her way into the music biz.
Luann de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of New York City has written and recorded "Money Can't Buy Class," a dance ditty inspired by her memoir/etiquette book Class With the Countess.
Fortunately, the countess isn't taking this singing thing too seriously. "I'm not trying to be Madonna, but I love to sing, and I can sing," she tell us. "I sing all the time for my friends."
She does have a superstar in mind for a future collaboration...
"I want to work with Akon," the countess said. "I love Akon. I saw him perform at the Apollo Theater. I took my daughter to see him because she's such a huge fan, and I realized how great he was."
Is there a possibility of working with Zolciak? "I can't see myself teaming up with her for a duet," de Lesseps said. "I think I'm going to fly solo for the moment."
Meanwhile, following a highly publicized split from hubby Count Alexandre de Lesseps, the reality star says she's finally dating again. "I'm going slowly, but I'm very happy," she said. "I'm finally ready to move forward. It's taken a long time, and I've been through a lot, but I have been dating."
While she tells us that her newly hatched love life will be featured on the next season of NYC's Housewives, we may see even more of it down the line. De Lesseps says she's been approached about starring in her own Bachelorette-style reality show.
"People want to see me date," she said. "And not only dating, but they want to see me picking apart guys. For example, if a guy is interested in me, they want to see that he has the right shoes. Does he have the right manners? Did he do the right thing? Did he call?"
In honor of the countess's new dating life, check out our Celebrity Weddings 2009 photo gallery.