Southern Allure returns for season 8 with extra drama than ever. Acquainted faces are coming into the fold in Charleston, together with Craig Conover’s ex Naomie Olindo and new love Paige DeSorbo. One of many main reveals of season 8 is that Craig and Naomie connected in Las Vegas earlier than the cameras began rolling. Given this hookup, HollywoodLife requested Craig whether or not or not this and Naomie’s return, normally, had an influence on his relationship with Paige.
“No. I imply, she doesn’t have an effect on it, however a whole lot of occasions individuals don’t have to hang around with their exes,” Craig advised HollywoodLife. “That positively added accelerant to the hearth that’s Southern Allure. She dealt with it nicely. She known as me and requested if I used to be okay together with her coming again. I feel we’re actually inclusive individuals and we’re like, come on again. I feel it’d be good for the present and for viewers. Her being round a lot this season positively causes battle, not between me and Paige, however you’ll see that she positively provides to the recipe.
The “battle” Craig is speaking about seemingly has to do with the strain between Naomie and Kathryn Dennis. “When Naomie left, she left with center fingers within the air when she moved to New York. She was like, screw Southern Allure. Screw these individuals. She was harsher on sure individuals, and I feel Kathryn looks like she was attacked by Naomie throughout that point,” Craig revealed.
Craig admitted that the purpose has all the time been to “be civil” with Naomie. “You’ll see that sure boundaries must be established throughout the season, and also you’ll see how we work by that. However yeah, we’re civil, which is nice,” Craig stated.
Craig’s girlfriend Paige is nicely conscious of the highs and lows of actuality TV after being on Summer season Home. Paige comes all the way down to Charleston in season 8 and finds herself wrapped up in what’s occurring with the Charmers. “She sort of needed to see why we had been so loopy and nutty and what Charleston was like, so we confirmed her. The dynamics are totally different within the South, and she or he acquired pulled into some issues, however she had lots of people watching to do,” Craig stated. Shep added, “She tiptoed round a bit of bit as you need to and noticed.”
The season 8 trailer hints at critical hiccups for Shep and girlfriend Taylor Ann Inexperienced. Their relationship has extra of a highlight on it than ever earlier than within the new season. “I went into it realizing full nicely we had been going to be below the microscope as a result of in season 7 we had simply began courting and it was all new and recent,” Shep stated. “It was all daisies and daffodils, and that’s not going to occur once more. I knew that. I sort of stupidly walked in or set traps for myself and walked proper into them a few occasions. It’s a testomony to Taylor’s persistence and understanding, but it surely was a really rocky season or three months mainly of our lives. However we made it by. We’re doing actually, rather well.”
Along with relationship drama, Craig and Austen Kroll seem to get right into a bodily combat sooner or later within the season, and Shep will get right into a screaming match with Austen. “I feel bourbon was a typical theme in each of these cases,” Shep admitted. “Austen’s skated by or tried to skate by this season and keep out of any bother as a result of God is aware of he’s been embroiled in a whole lot of bother within the years previous. Possibly Craig and I secretly resented that and kind of took it to him.”
Craig advised HollywoodLife, “I get annoyed with Austen lots. He does a whole lot of issues that drive me completely bananas, and I simply sweep it below the rug as a substitute of addressing it appropriately. That’s sort of what occurs if you try this. All of it comes out without delay. Austen’s dated a few of my buddies, and he’s been concerned with them. He simply frustrates me lots, and he had betrayed my belief a few occasions final summer season. So that you’ll see all that come up.”
After a whirlwind relationship and breakup with Madison LeCroy, Austen has discovered a brand new love in Olivia Flowers. “She couldn’t be extra totally different than Madison,” Shep stated about Olivia. “She’s actually type and candy. She’s excellent buddies with Taylor, and I’m thrilled on the prospect of them shifting ahead and being an ideal couple.”
Whereas Madison seems within the season 8 trailer, Shep revealed that we gained’t see as a lot of Madison as in seasons previous. “Truly, Madison was not all that a lot into the fold this season,” Shep advised HollywoodLife. “She had her personal life that she was residing and selected to not exhibit it on nationwide tv, in order that implies that like, actually, we didn’t see that a lot of her.”
Craig revealed that he and Madison have truly “made up” within the yr for the reason that jaw-dropping season 7 reunion. “I like having her round. She all the time stirs the pot,” Craig stated. Shep famous, “She’s a wild card. She’s unpredictable, and due to this fact she’s a bit of harmful. Possibly that’s good for TV.” Southern Allure season 8 will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.