Dana Wilkey

Dana shares some more details about her first episode and her first impressions of Brandi.

on Sep 26, 20110

Let me begin by saying how difficult it is to see yourself on camera. This whole "being on TV" has been a surreal experience for me. I am definitely not used to it at all. I don't think I will ever be, but I am excited to see where the journey takes me!

In my first episode, there are a few things about me you didn't see, which I would love to explain. First, I thought you guys would have closure knowing that I was so happy to donate $400 to receive Lisa's charity dinner at Villa Blanca. The dinner ended up being for four people. I still haven't used it (and will likely give it away to a fan of the show when the time is right). Let's face it -- dieting isn't easy there! LOL!

I'm sure you noticed that Mauricio and I seem to be standing really close when he is discussing his childhood disease. The reason for that was not that I don't understand personal space, but that I had gone up to help him auction off a bracelet. Earlier, he told me his childhood story, and it really touched me. So I asked him to share it with the crowd, because it would help the people understand why the charity is so important to him personally. That's why I'm standing and looking so intense right there.

One of the first encounters I had with Brandi was that night. I asked her "Oh I'm so sorry, how did you break your foot?" She told me, and I'm paraphrasing, that she fell off her high heel. I was like, "That can't really be the story. What a silly way to say you broke your foot." Why wouldn't you say "I just fell"? Anyway, then I glanced down at her feet, and she was wearing one stiletto heel and I'm thinking "Isn't that dangerous based on the way you broke your foot in the first place. You're really asking for trouble now!" That's why I seem excited to be so catty towards her at the end!

Check out my new site launching tonight Danawilkey.com.

Until next week Tweet or Facebook me. . .good or bad I respect your opinion!

42 comments
Viewer
Viewer

I like your Lambo Dana. You're a good addition to the show welcome.

BUMMER
BUMMER

I think I would like Dana alot more if she hadn't bragged about the sunglasses. That was just strange...tacky. She seems down to earth and 'natural' compared to the others. Brandi...she is soooo far out of her element, she belongs in another zip code. Rude, crude and socially inappropriate. Am anxious to see how Dana developes. I hope she feels more comfortable and doesn't feel the need to impress.

Mrs. MSL
Mrs. MSL

3 things:

1) You've been on the show for about 2.5 seconds and already you're one of my favorites. You're sense of humor is EXACTLY what this cast needed. There seems to be so much tension within the group (even more so than last year) and you're really good at keeping things lighthearted by constantly laughing ---Even if it's at yourself ;)

2) Thank you for clarifying the reason behind your invading Mauricio's personal space during his speech! I knew there had to of been some reasonable explanation behind it!

3) Your comment about the $25,000 sunnies was (I'm sure) brilliantly edited by producers to make it appear as if you went around telling every random person how much they cost. These woman are your friends and I think it's fine to disclose information like that. Now, if you said that to a random admirer, then yes, that would be incredibly inappropriate.

None of the less, looking forward to seeing more of you throughout the season!

Ninkygirl
Ninkygirl

At least you did not keep touching and pulling at your hair the way all the other women do. That habit is downright annoying.

(Will be totally surprised if this comment is published.)

deeabbie
deeabbie

I was wondering what your purpose is on the show and did some of the other's leave because you wanted a shot at the show or how does that work? will give you a fair chance to see what your reason is on the show. But Good Luck

RealViewer499
RealViewer499

WHO talks about money like that.. you made me cringe out of embarassment FOR you. NO ONE with money talks like that.

roxyscoutsmom
roxyscoutsmom

I have no clue who you are or that you were in the episodes. Nice introduction ... I think you are the one bragging about your $25k glasses - I am hoping thats not the case. Either way, not a good first impression? or was it.

Beevs
Beevs

Well...I don't really have an opinion about you because we really didn't see that much of you this episode. I will however be in LA the third week in November and I don't diet (I'm sure I'll be the fattest woman in BH but...oh well) so if you'd like to give the Villa Blanca dinner to someone, I'm your girl!

jsbach5000
jsbach5000

don't kid yourself. you were catty because you ARE catty.

ibrake4bravo
ibrake4bravo

Whoever wrote that you tangling with Lisa would be wild is a bit delusional to think you are a match for Lisa. With her intelligence, wit, confidence and natural class she would eat you alive. Don't make the mistake of getting in the ring with her, you would be fighting way out of your league. Also, all the explaining of your actions, in your very irst blog no less. I think thou doth protest too much.

rvchris
rvchris

Sorry, I don't even remember seeing you in the episode. I'll watch it again, and see if you make an impression. Your blog certainly did not!

kvammer9
kvammer9

I like you! I noticed how close you were standing to Mauricio, funny that you mention it here, I wondered while watching if it was just me.

You are very pretty and natural looking, which is hard to find in BH these days. You have a great body don't listen to other blogger! Good Luck!

thickorthin
thickorthin

Actually I was wondering why the hell you were so close to Mauricio but I don't think you should have told how much you paid in silent auction. Brandi gave me a bad taste right off so hopefully you can both become a good addition to the show.

ATL Fan
ATL Fan

I was wondering why this "lady" (now I know that it's you) seemed to interject herself in many of the conversations during the charity event......also participating in the mean girl scene with Taylor and Kyle .... take it easy Dana this group is brutal.... in reading your blog way too much information.... it's going to take time and stop bragging about what you spend...... good luck....

FanFare57
FanFare57

Hmmm. Were you on the show? I hadn't noticed you at all. What is your connection to the group (i.e. whose friend are you?)?? btw: Brandi was actually wearing a wedge shoe, which offers more heel coverage.

maursy1966
maursy1966

I will have to go back and watch this episode because I dont remember you at all....So your the new housewive?? You and the one with the broken foot?? Sorry I really wish they would just stay with the original cast...Dont over explain things...they will slaughter you on these blogs...also dont mention what things cost...not cool. Judging by your blog, I think your in over your head. Sorry...just keeping it real. Good luck (your going to need it)

Bj_From_DR
Bj_From_DR

I really liked you from the first time hope it keeps like this through the entire season!!!! Why do i feel a certain future catty fight between you and Brandi??!!!!!

NYCMomBravoFan
NYCMomBravoFan

I'm just happy Bravo is allowing a curvy woman on the show, I'm tired of the stick thin, starving women with a ton of plastic surgery.

I-told-you-so
I-told-you-so

You seem so nice and normal. I hope you know what you are getting yourself into! Anyway....welcome!

Say what...
Say what...

Were you even in the episode? Who cares how much you donated? Or why you were standing so close to Mauricio? You are trying to make yourself relevant...stop trying so hard.

fedupwithguidices
fedupwithguidices

MadgePadge- why are you so quick with the negativity? I guess there's one in every group, and you are it.

TeriLee
TeriLee

It wasn't a stiletto - it was a wedge.

Lck
Lck

Good lord Dana. If you continue to try to explain your every thought and action in these blogs, you are going to be totally exhausted as time goes on.. No one cares why you were standing near Mauricio, just relax.

Laura S
Laura S

Dana, I'm not a Taylor fan but I'm willing to give you a chance! Welcome to the show. I don't think I'm going to like Brandi, who made fun of Lisa's age by calling her 60, but you seem cool. I hope you get more screen time in the future and I hope Brandi gets less.

Susie Q.
Susie Q.

Why would u say how much u paid for a silent auction item - how tacky! Do u think Camille, Lisa or Adrienne would do that? Maybe u can learn from them!

Suzie
Suzie

All I have to say is that I hope you don't turn out like some of the other ladies. Kyle's true colors seem to be coming out not. She behaved so "high School" last night and should be ashamed, so should her husband.

ACS
ACS

No New People!!!!

Mel W
Mel W

Dana who? Sorry, I watched the episode and I barely remember who Dana is as she had very little camera time in last night's episode. I do think Paul is spot on right about the other women - it certainly seemed to me the others were jealous in some fashion, why else would they all pile into a corner like that and make fun of someone they don't know & make mean comments? That is VERY immature.... very high school of them ALL. Just made themselves look very bad and I hope they realized that when they saw the episode. Mean Girls are just no good, period.

callsitlikesheseesit
callsitlikesheseesit

Dana, We didn't get a feel about you one way or the other from the show this eve... However after reading your first blog you appear to be quite insecure... Try not to feel the need to explain yourself and every action that you take on the show...Overexplaining and seeking approval like that isn't necessary and will just point to the fact that you're wanting to be liked...Perhaps you're just nervous to be joining the show...Just "be yourself" and let the rest go girl.

PhilaGal
PhilaGal

I love your candor! REALNESS is exactly what the housewives franchise needs. I can tell your an East coast girl! I am loosing my patience with the "characters" of the shows. I am not even sure I can make this whole season. It is no longer entertaining watching the cast drive around in limo's, jet out on private jets or even worse first class, cart around their "assistants", buy "only" 5,000 square feet houses, give charity events to show how giving they really are and of course shop and dine. BUT, nothing beats the top notch full service ski vacation at Camille's house. To see all these women living so unbelievably and the look on their faces at he dinner table was so pitiful. It sums up everything. I think it is time for REAL REALITY, REAL HOUSEWIVES USA!

AndieJ
AndieJ

Did I see you in the preview bragging about your $25,000 sunglasses? Good grief, that's a new one, even for this show.

Party Planner
Party Planner

Amazing episode! I'm a party planner and I was a Avid watcher Ever since the tea party episode. I also looooove Villa Blanca. I love the pay it forward attitude. Stay grounded, it's easy to get lost in BH.

vallybutterfly
vallybutterfly

Welcome to the show! You see m to give off a good vibe. This crowd isn't to tough. When Brandi first walked in the room, I thought she looked very awkward.She was towering over even the talley st of men in the room. The last thing she needs is stilleto's. Some pretty blinged out flats would have been a better look. We dont see Gisele a super tall model wearing stilleto's. When your already the size of an amazon the last thing she needs is to do is enhance her height with heels. She should consider herself lucky. What's unfortunate is she's friends with that tool who took advantage of Lisa and Ken. Paul is full of it by saying Brandi is, younger and hotter and receives hostility due to this. I like Paul, but he's spo wrong in this case. Paul open your eyes. Brandi doesn't have a chance threatening any of these girls.Come on now. She looks like a very bitter woman with serious attitude. She's so tall men must feel emasculated standing next to her.

MadgePadge
MadgePadge

If a comment is the slightest bit negative, you all refuse to print them. Bravo sure believes in censorship.

Also, it's hard to believe that everyone LOVES Dana. She had very little camera time tonight, and individuals are already writing in and asking Dana about Lisa? How would Dana know? She just met Lisa on tonight's episode. Dana had absolutely no camera time with Lisa. I'd be better off writing to Caroline Manzo and asking her about Lisa. HA!

By the way, 2 out of 4 comments that were printed quickly are for Dana, and they are from the same person. Don't ya think that Dana told all her friends to write in tonight....

Kathy from Alabama
Kathy from Alabama

Dana, I really didn't get to get a feel of your personality this first episode, but just some friendly advise. Don't be so critical the first blog. People might form the wrong opinion about you right off the bat. Hope you enjoy the RHWOBH and add alot to the season.

collect
collect

Oh, geez. Just be honest and proud to use your own voice. You're explaining away all your actions as if you're afraid you'll be judged. Well guess what, you'll be judged anyway so say it and don't make excuses for it. Do you think people won't like you? Not everyone is going to like you so you might as well be liked for who you really are and disliked the same way.

Mandydf
Mandydf

I totally diagree with the person that said Lisa oversteps her boundaries. Lisa is true to whonshe is ...a person that is truely concerned about a person she sees falling apart. Love Lisa ......

amandakaye81
amandakaye81

It's so nice to see a "breath of fresh air" added to the cast of RHBH! Although, we're just now meeting you, it's great of you to admit that it's surreal seeing yourself on t.v.! (Many t.v. personalities let it get to their heads!) I'm not sure what to think of Brandi yet, but I can tell you are a genuine person and a true friend to Taylor! (Keep that up! She really needs good people around her right now) And, I also thought it was rude of Lisa to continue to pick at Taylor's weight loss, especially in front of others! Where is she hiding her manners this season? And, Paul insinuating that the ladies were "hostile and jealous" bc of Brandi's looks and youth is ridiculous! I wondered why you were standing near Mauricio during his story, but it makes a lot of sense now that you clarified it! :-) So happy they're showing you and some of the other women's charitable outreach! Can't wait to see what's in store for you Dana and the other women this season! Wishing nothing but success and happiness for you all!

disappointed22
disappointed22

You seem like a lot of fun! Thanks for explaining everything! Look forward to watching this season!

Elizabeth Alvarez
Elizabeth Alvarez

First off, you looked GREAT! Can't wait to see and hear more from you!! I thought the same thing about Brandi and her broken foot. What?? You fell out of your heel?? I guess anything is possible, afterall, last year I broke my foot getting out of bed LOL. What I want to know is what's up with Lisa all up in Taylor's business?? She's not really a friend yet she is overly concerned about her health?? Don't get it. She seems very bossy. I can't wait to see YOU interact with Lisa.. that's going to be wild I'm sure! xoxoxoxoxo

Elizabeth Alvarez
Elizabeth Alvarez

Can't wait to see and hear more from you Dana! First off, you looked GREAT! Thought the same think at first about Brandi falling off her heel but I guess anything is possible i.e. I broke my foot last year getting off my bed LOL! What I want to know is what's really going on with Lisa all up in Taylor's business?? She seemed a little overly concerned especially being that she's not Taylor's really good friend. To me, at times it seems Lisa over steps her boundaries. I can't wait to see how you interact with her because I KNOW you'll have plenty to say! LOL ~xoxoxoxox