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LuAnn de Lesseps

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Luann de Lesseps is having a Real Housewives renaissance. The countess was just a "friend" on The Real Housewives of New York City last season and had one of her best years ever. This year she's back fulltime and having just the best time.

"I really feel like I'm in the driver's seat," she told us at The Royals premiere. "I'm enjoying myself. I must say, I've had the most fun this season that I've ever had. It's nice to have Bethenny back; we reminisced a lot about the past…I feel like it's like the good old days of the Housewives."

With Bethenny Frankel returning to the fold, LuAnn said there's drama, but maybe not old drama. "I can't give away those secrets, but it's a great season."

Viewers got a glimpse of what's to come in the trailer that had everybody talking, especially LuAnn's interaction with Heather Thomson while on vacation in Turks and Caicos. In the footage released, LuAnn seems to be having a little hangover struggle and tells Heather, "Be cool. Don't be all, like, uncool." She's already planning to capitalize on that moment.

"Andy [Cohen] wrote me the next day and said, ‘You've got to make a new dance song!'" she spilled with a laugh. To that we say, "Yas queen, yas."

"I already put the call in to the music producers," she said. "It'd be fun, right?" But the drama levels on that trip were "just beyond," she teased. Reacquaint yourself with Countess LuAnn's first hit "Money Can't Buy You Class" now.


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"From the minute we arrived I thought, ‘OK, this is going to be relaxing.' And then it just happens, somehow. Even production was going, ‘We can't believe what's going on in this house.' When you have eight people together, you never know what's going to happen," she said. "We had a great trip, but there was a lot of drama. But you know, I had a great time, as you can see!"

For more from LuAnn, including dish on the trip and what she thinks about Kim Richards and Lisa Rinna's confrontation on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, check out the view below.

The Real Housewives of New York City premieres Tuesday, Apr. 7, at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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