Drama, high heels and career-minded women made Sunday night extra special for Bravo and the ladies of “Blood, Sweat & Heels.”
The reality show debuted with 2.5 million viewers–the highest-rated series premiere in the network’s history. The show aired after the popular “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which garnered 4.5 million viewers that night, its highest ratings yet.
“I definitely felt like people would love the show and watch the show but I had no idea we were going to break history,” said an enthusiastic Daisy Lewellyn, one of the show’s stars. A style expert, Lewellyn, 33, was preparing to appear today during a segment on teen fashion on “The Wendy Williams Show.” She told XFINITY last Friday what viewers could expect from her on the series.
Lewellyn joins five other women on the new series: former video vixen-turned real estate broker Melyssa Ford, real estate partner Brie Bythewood, modeling agency owner Mica Hughes, “A Belle in Brooklyn” blogger and author Demetria Lucas, and style and pop culture journalist Geneva S. Thomas.
Lewellyn says she received feedback “across the board” about a scene showing her getting her first Brazilian wax treatment. She says she felt very comfortable about letting the cameras witness her “Brazilian cherry being popped.”
“A guy I used to date goes, ‘That’s not real, is it?’ And I go, ‘Yeah,’” she says. “It was me, the camera girl, Maria (the waxer) and my cookies, and we were all having one moment.”
A conversation the ladies had about relationships that seemingly pitted Lucas, who’s been writing about the subject for a decade, against her cast mates, particularly Lewellyn, during Lewellyn’s Brooklyn Brunch Series event also lit up Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The exchange consisted of convictions like “men are cheaters,” Lewellyn and Bythewood’s belief that “men are more stable” and thus better to lead than “emotional” women and support for snooping on “your man.”
The engaged Lucas, who disagreed with the women’s generalizations, blogged about the discussion without giving them a heads up. “She kind of went in on Daisy a little bit,” Thomas tells Ford, who then replies, “Ooh, bloody hell, holy—it’s a lot.”
The upcoming episode will examine the fallout–the ladies don’t seem too pleased.
“It’s just the beginning. Oh, if people think the show’s good now wait until they see what’s to come,” Lewellyn said. “If people want to see drama, they definitely will get their fair share of drama. It definitely gets real thick. It gets real in the field on the show.”
It seems viewers are already taking sides with #TeamDemetria or #TeamDaisy popping up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
“Everyone’s putting me in a boxing ring I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m a lover not a fighter,’” Lewellyn chuckled. “We definitely had a conflict and we definitely have a few more.”
But everyone’s not laughing. Some people quipped that the show is another display of “bickering” black women and question whether they’ll continue to watch. Lewellyn disagrees.
“This show is not a show about black women at each other’s throats. It’s about friendships and relationships,” Lewellyn defends. “And I don’t know what planet people are living on but in friendships and relationships, sometimes you argue, sometimes you fight and sometimes you disagree. It’s definitely not a show about us just ruining each others’ lives and hating each other.”
“Blood, Sweat & Heels” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.