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The Daily Dish Luann and Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake

Paula Abdul Opens Up About Seeing Luann & Sonja "Out Of Their Element": Get the Details

On Luann & Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake, Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan embarked on the trip of a lifetime and were joined by the pop star along the way.

By Jamontae Hickman

The Real Housewives of New York City alums Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan have swapped the Big Apple for the Midwest countryside on their brand-new series, Luann & Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake, which premiered on July 9.

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For the series, Luann and Sonja ventured off to Benton, Illinois, to revitalize the small town which was hit hard by the pandemic. With a population of just under 7,000, the duo has banded together to bring life back to the community. The ladies' exciting plans include building a new playground, hosting a variety show, and connecting with the locals in meaningful ways to improve the overall spirit of the community. It's been a fun experience to watch them mix it up, and in Episode 7 they were joined by a familiar and famous face.

Of course, this job is not an easy task, even for two RHONY alums who have faced challenging situations before. As a result, they enlisted help from their close friend and singer Paula Abdul.

Paula Abdul’s thoughts on Luann De Lesseps and Sonja Morgan

In the clip above, Paula Abdul sat down with to discuss what it was like joining forces with her friends. Plus, some residents of Benton shared their thoughts on having two RHONY alums visit their town.

A split screen image featuring Sonja Morgan, Luann de Lesseps, and Paula Abdul

“It was great seeing Sonja and Luann,” Paula says. Paula continues to explain how both ladies “go out of their element” to help the people of Benton and shares what she loves the most about the project. To hear what she says, watch the video above.

Locals react to having Luann and Sonja in town 

Luann and Sonja may be hundreds of miles from home, but that doesn’t mean the locals aren’t familiar with their presence. In fact, two radio DJs were shocked to see the two Bravolebs spending time in their hometown. “I thought it was them and then it wasn’t until we got closer and I’m like, ‘Holy cow, it’s the girls from Housewives,’” one DJ explains.

The radio personalities also took the time to reveal Luann and Sonja’s reaction to them asking if they would try one unusual dish at the town’s testicle festival. Find out their response by pressing play in the clip above.

Hear more of Paula Abdul and Benton residents discussing Luann and Sonja’s work by checking out the video above.

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