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The ladies of The Real Housewives of Orange County are back for another round of cat fights and conundrums courtesy of Bravo when their eighth season premieres on April 1, and you'll never guess who's back in the mix!

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Despite reports that Alexis Bellino was departing the series, the church-going gal is back and still a target of conflict for her co-stars. Gretchen Rossi, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney and Heather Dubrow also return, as well as appearances from Lauri Peterson, an original who left the show four seasons ago. Lauri's back in the mix to shake things up for one of the women, and that ain't good!

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Lydia McLaughlin joins the cast to add some new blood and, of course, glamour. She and her husband own an upscale magazine catering to Orange County's jet set, so expect lots of high-profile events from her. A devout Christian, Lydia is an easy ally for Alexis, who after the way things shook out last season, could use a hand in fending off jabs from the rest of the cast.

Fans can expect lots of wedding talk from Tamra, who got engaged to boyfriend Eddie in Bora Bora last season. And while the episodes that roll out will show her muscley man isn't as rushed to walk down the aisle as she is, one detail is already in place: Heather will be showcasing her vocal stylings by singing at the ceremony. Love it!

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