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‘Jerseylicious’ Cast Celebrates Show’s Debut, Along With The Homeshoppingista, With Hoboken Party

March 22, 2010

Gigi Liscio, Anthony Lombardi, Tracy DiMarco, Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira at the Jerseylicious party

We just got back from the “Jerseylicious” premiere party in Hoboken, which we almost ditched Sunday night, out of frustration.

We got lost trying to find the venue — Lua, on where else but Sinatra Drive — and asked at least five people how to get to this restaurant, to no avail. Finally, the car attendants at the W Hotel gave us some accurate directions, and we made it to the party.

It was a rather balmy night here in the NY metro area, and the restaurant is on the Hudson River almost directly across from the Empire State building. The view was beautiful. But we digress. We were working, covering the party for our blog and NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The place was packed with lots of young Jersey girls wearing thigh-high dresses and showing a lot of cleavage. We figured we’d never be able to scout out the “Jerseylicious” cast, who we interviewed in December for NewJerseyNewsroom.com, and if we did, it would be too noisy to interview them.

But we found the PR person, and she took us back to a roped-off VIP area where many of the cast members of the new Style Network show were talking to the press. While we were at the shindig we didn’t see makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, the “Jerseylicious” cast member who looks a lot like Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

We did speak to the mother-and-daughter team who own and run the Gatsby Salon, where the reality show “Jerseylicious” is set.

The mother, flame-haired Gayle Giacomo, was wearing a sexy, low-cut long flowery print gown. She said she had bought it two 1/2 years ago to wear to her daughter Christy Pereira’s wedding, but then never did. Christy was there, wearing a black BCBG V-necked dress.

Giacomo said she hadn’t watched the first “Jerseylicious” episode yet.

“I’ve been so busy I said I’ll just wait and see it on TV,” she said.

But Pereira had seen it and said she liked it. The New York Times gave the show a drubbing this weekend. But Pereira said that even though she and her mom hope people like the show, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

The Homeshoppingista, and Jersey girl, interviewing Tracy DiMarco of Jerseylicious

Next up was hairdresser Tracy DiMarco, who is essentially the villain in “Jerseylicious.” On the show, she basically says she hates Sharpe and is going to make her life miserable at the Gatsby. But DiMarco, dressed in what looked like a tiger print dress, was charming and sweet to us (she said we looked beautiful, and with us flattery will get you everywhere).

“I’m only mean to people I don’t like, or people who are mean to other people,” DiMarco told us. “I don’t like Olivia. That’s very obvious.”

She told us her mom has been keeping a book of press clippings of the show, which have included the cover of the New York Post’s TV Week section Sunday.

“I hope everyone likes me, even though I’m a little bit of a nasty bitch,” DiMarco told us, laughing.

We also spoke to hairstylists Anthony Lombardi, the only male member of the “Jerseylicious” crew, and Gigi Liscio. Lombardi was wear a white porkpie hat that he said he picked up in Bloomingdale’s that day. We kidded him about The Times review, which said he was the best-looking member of the cast.

“I know, The New York Times loved me,” Lombardi said. “I bought seven copies of it.”

“I got to hear this all day,” his pretty brunette wife said.

Lua in Hoboken, the site of the Jerseylicious premiere party

But she then waxed on about what a great guy he is. The day we can say all this about the man we’re with is the day we can stop saying those novenas praying for Mr. Right.

“I’m very proud of him,” Patty said. “He’s very successful. He’s the most beautiful man I’ve laid eyes on. He’s the father of my son. He’s a fabulous husband, a fabulous husband. I couldn’t ask for anybody better, for my son and myself.”

Wow, what an endorsement! They have a 13-month-old son, and live in Fairfield. Lombardi also owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona.

In the show Liscio’s boyfriend Frankie comes off as a tough, old-style Italian guy, looking to be served hand and foot by Liscio. But in the middle of our interview, he walked up to Liscio and gave her a big kiss, then walked away. That rather endeared him to us.

“I want it all in life,” Liscio said. “I want my family, my career. I live in a fairy tale, yes, you can say that, but I won’t stop til I get it all. I’m very determined. I love him to death. That’s who I want it with.”

There were several TV sets at Lua, and when “Jerseylicious” came on at 10 p.m. the whole party started cheering. Unfortunately, there were so many people it was impossible to hear the sound on the episode.

And by that time, we had to head out to write our blog.

We’ll see how “Jerseylicious” does when the ratings come out Monday.

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The Homeshoppingista Nabs Exclusive Scoop On ‘Jerseylicious,’ The Latest New Jersey-Based Reality Show, For NewJerseyNewsroom.com

December 30, 2009

Gayle Giacomo (right) and her daughter Christy Pereira at their Gatsby Salon in Green Brook

We got the first scoop on “Jerseylicious,” the new reality TV show that Style Network that just finished shooting in December. The “comedy docu-soap” will premiere in March.

Apart from being The Homeshoppingista, we wear many hats, including writing about New Jersey-related TV shows for NewJerseyNewsroom.com,
where our package of stories on “Jerseylicious” was just posted.

“Jerseylicious” is the latest in a wave of reality programs to come out of the Garden State, with the most notable ones being the controversial piece of garbage “Jersey Shore” on MTV and Bravo’s hit “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

In early December on a Friday night we traveled to foreign territory for someone like us from North Jersey — Green Brook in Central Jersey — to go to Gatsby Salon. “Jerseylicious” is about Gayle Giacomo, the salon’s owner, who is trying to relaunch the business after moving it to a new space just a few doors down in a strip mall on Route 22.

Afte getting lost on Route 22, we finally found the beatiful new Gatsby and interviewed Giacomo, a pretty redhead with huge grey eyes; her daughter Christy Pereira, the salon’s manager; Olivia Blois Sharpe, the petite brunette with a penchant for lace leggings, leopard skin and low-cut tops, who is a makeup artist; and the only man in the “Jerseylicious” cast, a very lovable Anthony Lombardi, who got into the hairstyling business to meet chicks.

Anthony Lombardi's salon in Verona

We felt right at home with these Jersey-bred group, who were down to earth and affable. Giacomo and her daughter Pereira are very close, and live only a mile apart in Bridgewater. Sharpe lives in Montville, and Lombardi resides in Fairfield. He also owns his own salon, Anthony Robert Salon, in Verona on Bloomfield Avenue, about five minutes from where we live in Montclair.

We don’t if “Jerseylicious,” and its tale of these Gatsby employees who range in age from their 50s to their 20s will be a hit, but it should generate a lot of interest among folks here in the Garden State. If you live in Jersey, who may know someone connected to the show.

We do. Our sister Karen goes to the Fusion salon in Denville, and one of the hairdressers there, Brielle, is roommates with Pereira! Brielle is in some of the scenes in “Jerseylicous.”

We go to Bangz salon on Montclair, and out hair stylist said that earlier this year, the producers of “Jerseylicious” were in Bangz, seeing it as a potential site for “Jerseylicious.” The Bangz staff had to fill out some questionnaires, but it did not pan out.

And Jersey residents may recognize places they have been on “Jerseylicious.” The show filmed at the upscale CoCo Pari boutique in Red Bank, where we couldn’t afford to shop even when we were employed.

“Jerseylicious” also shot at the 46 Lounge in Totowa. We’ve always wondered what the place was like, but if Sharpe goes there, it’s definitely too young a crowd for us.

We can’t wait to see how “Jerseylicious” turns out. We think it will portray New Jersey and its residents in a much warmer light than that crapola “Jersey Shore”: as down-to-earth, no-nonsense, unpretentious, hard-working, funny people — with our accent. And what’s wrong with leopard skin, anyhow? We love it.