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Natalie Cole plays Broward Center

 

Natalie Cole a fan of the Real Housewives franchise? Sort of.

In 2011, the singer did a duet of late father Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E with Countess LuAnn de Lesseps for the Bravo star’s one-year anniversary party for her boyfriend.

Cole is actually more fascinated by the cable television phenomenon than anything else.

“I know some of the Housewives; they crack me up,” says Cole, who plays the Broward Center Tuesday night (see calendar for ticket info). “I think they’re amazing because of the way they expose themselves. It’s pretty crazy. I could never do that. I’d blow my brains out!”

There are some RH exceptions, Cole says, of women who are famous for more than being reality stars: Atlanta’s Khandi Burruss, who is a singer and songwriter; Beverly HillsLisa Vanderpump, a respected restaurateur; and Miami’s own Lea Black. “She is just a very cool lady,” says Cole. “The rest of them are ... different.”

But the 62-year-old crooner had fun with the experience because she likes to stay relevant, and keep evolving. Currently she’s working on an album in which she’ll sing in Spanish. “I’m ready for some changes,” she says simply.

Ideal collaboration? Sting. “I alway wanted to work with him. I’ve always loved him and everything he does. We’ve never talked business though!”

As for the South Florida concert, “I never give anything away,” Cole says secretively, though the audience should definitely expect the classics Unforgettable and This Will Be.

What about beauty secrets? “Rest is everything,” Cole says. “It constantly replenishes your body.”

Camera ready

Phew, that was close. Two weeks after her ex, George Clooney, came to MIA to hawk his new tequila, Elisabetta Canalis was snapped playing tourist in front of the W South Beach. The Italian model and rumored beau but possibly just friend, Italian producer Daniele Di Lorenzo, posed for each other in front of the rabbit sculptures outside the hotel. See them frolicking at the Daily Mail UK’s website.

Madeleine Marr

Hot stuff

South Florida has made its presence known at chilly Sundance via The Miami Lounge, sponsored, in part, by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. Seen sipping HINT Water in the lounge over the weekend were Glee star Jane Lynch, Joey Lauren Adams and Keri Russell.

Also checking out shoes from Carlo Pazolini (who has a store at the Village of Merrick Park) were Mario & Courtney Lopez, Skylar Grey and Jesse Williams.

Lesley Abravanel

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