Final season will premiere Oct. 4.
One last fist-pump for the guidos and guidettes who are leaving us. MTV announced Thursday that it’s pulling the plug on its hit reality series Jersey Shore. The show—which introducing the world, for better or worse, to the booze-swilling, word-inventing ways of Snooki, JWOWW, and the Situation—will end after its upcoming sixth season, which is set to debut Oct. 4. But fear not: new mom Snooki’s inevitably hilarious foray into motherhood will presumably be chronicled in the second season of the spinoff, Snooki & JWOWW.
Snooki’s reported pregnancy is a publicity stunt. She’s not ready to handle a baby. Her new fiancé should do a paternity test—and by the way, he’s only with the “Jersey Shore” star for the attention. Emilio Masella riffs on his former girlfriend.
Just about every celebrity has an ex who just won’t quite accept that it’s over, that his time in the spotlight is done.
Snooki and LaValle at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. (Christopher Polk / Getty Images)
As Masella sees it, this whole bun-in-the-oven thing is nothing more than a publicity stunt, an attempt on Polizzi’s part to reinvent herself now that she’s got a new reality show in the works.
Plus, he thinks she’s not even over him. “I honestly think she still has feelings for me,” Masella says in a phone interview with The Daily Beast after a bartending gig Tuesday night. “She’s still in contact with me. But what better way to get another TV show than to get pregnant and get married. I think she’s doing it just for TV, like Kim Kardashian, and then when it’s all said and done, she’ll kick [LaValle] to the curb.”
For sure, LaValle wasn’t exactly Snooki’s dream guy. Though extremely fit, he didn’t really qualify as a “juicehead gorilla,” the term Snooki uses to describe the ‘roided out Jersey Shore types she’s normally attracted to.
When they met, she didn’t “have a baby in the toilet,” as she often does when her anxiety is peaking and causing her to have a major bowel movement.
Rumor has it she’s going to have a baby. Here’s a Guidette’s guide to being a friggin’ mom—in her own words.
Choose a partner wisely:
“Whoever I have babies with has to be Italian. I want my kids’ last name to have a vowel on it ... and be tanned, obviously.”
Procreation can still be recreation:
“Whisky sex is the best. It’s when a guy can’t have sex for like five hours because he’s so drunk. Or his penis is so drunk.”
With pregnancy, come the cravings:
“Pickles is my thing.”
And your body will change:
“Uh, my ass is, like, protruding ... Protruding. The word of the day. Use it.”
After four seasons and a contrived detour to Italy, how much more gym-tan-laundry can America watch? As Snooki and the gang return to Seaside Heights Jan. 5, Maria Elena Fernandez wonders if this is the beginning of the end.
Sometime between The Situation bashing his own head against a cement wall and Snooki wailing in the dark streets of Florence, Italy—“Where is my boyfriend?”—I stopped laughing.
It wasn’t just that the newness of Jersey Shore had worn off. The crazy kids who taught a nation about GTL and human grenades while consuming buckets of alcohol and hooking up right and left were changing—and not in the amusing train wreck kind of way that might make you fist-pump and keep watching. This was cringe-inducing stuff, alcoholism and domestic violence escalating at a rapid pace, with the cameras rolling, of course.
The worst of it actually happened toward the end of the third season, when Ronnie and Sammi got into their 5,000th fight, and their usual brand of disgusting verbal abuse turned into physical violence, scaring even the other guys in the Seaside Heights house. By the time the gang arrived in Italy for the fourth season, it did not seem possible that those two would ever want to date again, but they did. And the fighting ensued immediately, with the help of The Situation, who as Ronnie has correctly stated should really be called “The Instigator.” That particular fight ended ludicrously, with The Situation slamming his own head on a cement wall and winding up in the hospital with a concussion.
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Elsewhere in Florence, Snooki and Deena, the self-described “meatballs,” continued on their path of self-destruction, drinking all day and all night and exposing their private parts in nightclubs in the process. That did not sit well with Jionni, Snooki’s boyfriend, who ran away only hours after arriving in Italy because he didn’t like the way Snooki was showing off her vagina while dancing with him at a club. In what qualifies as the most excruciating reality-television moment of 2011, a very drunk Snooki took to the streets of Florence, sobbing and screeching, “Where is my boyfriend?”. Her boyfriend was catching a train to Rome, trying to wipe all memories of Jersey Shore from his brain.
Which is pretty much how I was feeling. Jersey Shore has always lived in that space between the entertaining (Snooki and her pickles) and the appalling (atrocities in toilets). For better or worse, they are a memorable cast of characters, the likes of which we’d never seen on television before. But during their stint in Italy, it seemed the Jersey kids were getting as bored as the audience with the reality routine that turned them all into household names. The season premiered with nearly 9 million viewers, a record for the show and MTV. But when the gang said arrivederci to Florence, the audience had shrunk to 6.5 million viewers—still a respectable rating but one that shows a possible waning of the public fascination with the guidos and guidettes.
Jersey Shore had already been out of its element in Miami’s South Beach, during its second season, and the cast made the most of that. So production decided to push the show further by setting last season in the motherland, which is in and of itself a joke, since many of them are not really Italian. In Florence, however, production faced an unexpected obstacle: many businesses refused to allow filming, limiting how the cast spent its time. As a result, the gang worked at a pizzeria, hung out at home, and went out to the same clubs over and over. Even their gym-tan-laundry routine was disrupted when they discovered Florence wasn’t as high on indoor tanning as Seaside Heights and “the gyms were crap,” according to Pauly D. “Smushing” also was on the decline, as Snooki and Jenni spent all their time pining for their boyfriends, Deena tried unsuccessfully to sleep with Pauly D, Vinny and Pauly D weren’t interested in anyone they met, and The Situation used up most of his energy trying to bed twins. If production had hoped the cast would turn lemons into lemonade by taking in the sights and culture, they were let down. The cast waited to go sightseeing until the final day.
Perhaps that is how the show became more contrived than ever. Recent revelations that reality television is not real by soon-to-be Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband Kris Humphries aside, Jersey Shore was refreshing in the beginning because it seemed determined to allow the cast to be themselves, no matter the cost. But when their fourth romp together was in definite need of a jolt, producers took matters into their own hands. Many of the interactions among cast members seemed forced, and one viewer noticed behind-the-scenes direction of a bar fight in the penultimate episode of the season. Comedian and Jersey Shore fan Sean Klitzner posted a clip showing a producer guiding Snooki and Deena during a bar fight with other patrons. The video has since been removed “for legal reasons,” but the description of how it all went down is still up.
‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ host Patti Stanger breaks down two ‘toxic’ ‘Jersey Shore’ relationships—Ronnie & Sam, Snooki & Jionni—in honor of the show’s season finale, and opens up about her own failed relationship and the time she feared for her life on her Bravo show. (Note: This post contains graphic language and descriptions.)
Patti Stanger doesn’t mince words. Dubbed “the Simon Cowell of Dating,” Stanger fixes up love-hungry millionaire men with pretty young things on her popular Bravo reality-TV series The Millionaire Matchmaker, and isn’t afraid to tell her clients or potential matches that they’re overweight, obnoxious, or just plain ugly.
From left, Jersey Shore's Sammi Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Jionni LaValle and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images; Steve Mack, FilmMagic / Getty Images)
Stanger was born in Short Hills, N.J., and spent her youth vacationing at the Jersey Shore. As it happens, she’s also a massive fan of the MTV reality series, Jersey Shore, whose fourth-season finale and reunion episodes aired Thursday night.
In honor of the finale, and the end to the cast’s splendid Italian sojourn, third-generation matchmaker Stanger has broken down the two key relationships on this season’s Jersey Shore—Ronnie & Sam, Snooki & Jionni—using her trademark, no-bullshit approach. In the process, she also opened up about her own failed relationship, and the time a crazed, violent woman had her fearing for her life on her own show while producers stood by and did nothing.
What would be the initial roadblocks when it comes to dating a self-described “guido” or “guidette?”
Stanger: Well, I mean there’s a machismo factor of “it’s my way or the highway” with the men. I’ve got to be really careful because of my incident a couple of weeks ago, but personally, I love Italian men. And if you mix it with an Irish man, I’m at the wedding. There is a feeling that you will be protected at all costs. You don’t see Jewish men running into the line of fire, but they will buy you the diamonds, you know what I mean? When you do date an Italian, they’re very emotional, they say what they think and feel whether they’re politically correct or not, and they just go a little psycho. But it’s exciting! They’re not boring.
So, let’s start off with Ronnie and Sam, since they’re the original crazy couple of Jersey Shore. When we last left them in Jersey, they were fighting all the time and broke up, and then Sam landed a pretty mean right hook to Ronnie’s chin.
Well, you can’t say the women don’t fight back! I would say: Italians fight and Jews sue. [Laughs] The girls don’t take any shit, which I’m kind of impressed by, but I still don’t think anyone should fight anyone.
Snooki, Pauly D, JWoww and the rest of MTV’s favorite guidos and guidettes will trade Seaside Heights for Italy on Thursday for the fourth season of ‘Jersey Shore.’ But how will their lexicon translate? Find out the Italian equivalent of the ‘blowout’ and more before these ‘tamarri’ get their ‘PTL’ on.
Considering the fact that Snooki’s skin tone looks more Oompa Loompa than olive and Pauly D refers to a panino as a “sangwich,” many have doubted the Jersey Shore cast’s claims to their Italian heritage. But for season four, which premieres on Thursday, Snooki, Pauly D, JWoww, Vinny, The Situation, Ronnie, Sammi, and last season’s added meatball, Deena, head to Italy, where their “fresh to death” fist-pumping is rather alien to the natives.
The cast of "The Jersey Shore" (Courtesy of MTV)
During Jersey Shore’s first season, the world was exposed to some of the guidos’ ritual dance moves, including their second-favorite fist dance, “beating up the beat,” in which they pound on the dance floor of a nightclub in a circle of friends and slowly rise up to a full standing position. “Italian men would NEVER, and I mean NEVER, dance together and bang their fists on the floor,” one fluent speaker told The Daily Beast via email.
“I’m nervous, I’m not gonna lie,” Pauly D admitted to MTV before heading to the motherland. “I don’t know what gyms are like over there, I don’t know what tanning’s like, I don’t know the food, and the language—I don’t even speak Italian. Maybe I should get a Rosetta Stone or something.”
Whether or not the gel-hoarding DJ bought the language software remains to be heard. But Pauly D also expressed concern to MTV about hitting on “real Italian women.” Matters of the opposite sex are a bit different in Florence, where romance is held in the highest esteem. Upon hearing about “girl code” and “guy code”—the Jersey Shore cast’s rules that friendship should be put above relationships in all situations, i.e., the “chicks before dicks” or “bros before hoes” mentality—another fluent Italian speaker said, “The concept is unknown to me … Shouldn’t the rule be reversed?”
It seems Pauly D is right to be worried. “I don’t know how I’m going to talk with them,” he added to MTV. “I’m hoping the smile does the trick. The less words the better.”
So here are some—in both Jerseyan and Italian slang—to get him, the rest of the cast, and viewers started.
Get Your Guido On
Everyone’s favorite fist-pumpin’, spray-tannin’, T shirt–lovin’ guidos and guidettes are heading to Italy for season 4 of MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore.’ From Snooki’s drunken arrest to Deena’s accidental striptease to Ronnie and Sammi’s epic fight, watch the most outrageous moments from the series thus far before Thursday’s fourth-season premiere.
The Debut of Snooki’s Cookie
In true Snooki fashion, “Snooks” (or “Snick” or “Snickers”) ascended upon Seaside Heights for Jersey Shore’s first season with a bang. The 4-foot-11 guidette splashed into MTV infamy on her very first day, introducing herself with a “party’s here” and wasting no time getting down. Snooki hit the bottle hard, crashed a party in the hot tub, and then stripped down to her bra and leopard-print thong. Watch as she makes her drunken debut and tries to make out with five of her roommates.
GTL Is Born
The boys of Jersey Shore have forever changed the English language—their most significant contribution being the legendary “GTL,” short for gym, tan, laundry. In order to maintain that certain je ne sais quoi, a guido must always remain fresh and mint. To accomplish this feat, it’s necessary to have a rigorous daily routine, consisting of pumping iron, getting greased up in a tanning bed, and ironing one’s Ed Hardy T shirt. See the boys do what they do best to ensure they are ready for an awesome night out.
Snooki’s Face Meets a Fratty Fist
Blood is thicker than water, but nothing is thicker than a guido. The Jersey Shore roommates came together when a fellow bar goer took things too far and sucker-punched Snooki square in the face. The gang rallied instantly, with the girls checking to see if she was hurt and the guys flexing their muscles out on the boardwalk.
The cast of clowns left behind more than car wrecks when they departed Florence. Barbie Latza Nadeau on the outrageous new Italian reality show their visit spawned.
After a six-week sojourn in the mother country, the greased-up Italo-American cast of Jersey Shore is finally heading back home to America. Citizens of Florence may be rejoicing, but the “tamarri” (or sleaze balls, as they are known locally) are leaving behind more than empty bottles of suntan lotion and dented cars. They have spawned an Italian version of their low-class reality TV train wreck called Tamarreide. “Forget Jersey Shore,” says Fiammetta Cicogna, the show’s creator. “We are the real tamarri.”
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Weekly episodes of Tamarreide premiered on Mediaset’s Italia Uno network on June 13. The premise follows the standard formula: a motley crew getting up to nothing but trouble while the cameras roll ‘round the clock. But instead of bunking together in a big house, the Italian eight will spend 25 days on a giant tour bus kitted with eight mini-sleeper sections, two living areas, a tiny bathroom, a kitchen, and a sex suite. Each episode will take place in a different Italian city, including Florence, Rome, Naples, and Capri, where the octet will get up to mischief in various luxe hotels (which paid for the privilege, of course.)
These guidos and guidettes are younger than the Jersey Shore crew – the oldest is just 24 -- but they are equally tattooed, tanned, toned, and just as versed in bad behavior.
The premiere drew an audience of over two million viewers, and two Italian broadcasting watchdog groups (Codacons and the Italian TV Viewers Association) have already tried to block the program from airing based on its “violent fights, vulgar insults, and explicit sex scenes” -- the very elements that made Jersey Shore a sleeper smash in the United States.
The Italian “Snooki” will likely be Marika, 22, a well-known pole dancer from Rome who has already posed for a nude calendar. Manuel, 25, from Perugia, is a tennis instructor by day and male stripper by night. Antonio, 20, wants to be a Thai boxer. Angelica, 24, of Naples says that everyone has a little bit of “tamarri” in them. “Some people suppress it, others don’t.”
The original Jersey Shore cast is not only leaving their mark on Italy, they are also taking a little bit of Italy home with them. Jenny “JWoww” Farley was photographed earlier this week sporting new ink on her right shoulder -- a tattoo of praying hands and a cross, reportedly in homage to her grandmother who died this year. Snooki, meanwhile, has added a new line of platform flip-flops to her slipper line. The flip-flops are available with a pickle motif in addition to her standard animal prints. The world is no doubt waiting to see if any Florentine icons like the Statue of David show up in her future foot apparel designs.
A source with MTV told The Daily Beast that season four filming went even better than was hoped. And the highlights of the show -- like Snooki’s car crash and the Situation’s black eye -- have already been leaked on the front pages of the tabloids, which is sure to draw viewers. The crew spent most of their time in Florence, taking a quick trek to southern Italy to search for their ancestors. They had originally been banned from shooting in any of Florence’s museums, but were granted eleventh-hour permission to shoot inside at least one of Italy’s cultural gems, which pushed back their departure date until June 23.
The cast of clowns is taking Italy by storm, but are their antics real—or carefully plotted in advance? Barbie Latza Nadeau talks to locals and extras and gives the show a reality check.
Much to the relief of the citizens of Florence, the cast of Jersey Shore is winding down their filming of the fourth season of their reality TV smash hit and will soon be heading back home.
The motley crew came to Italy on the premise of exploring their Italian heritage and soaking up the culture of their mother country (even though not all of them are really of Italian descent.) Naturally, however, their time here was mainly spent engaging in the typical antics Jersey Shore fans have come to love: getting drunk, brawling, falling down, and generally making asses of themselves. That’s what makes for good TV—a fact that the show’s producers are apparently well aware of. “Everything they do is completely scripted,” says Genevieve Provost, a 19-year-old Canadian who was tapped to be an extra in a pub scene. “I thought it was all supposed to be more natural.”
The ladies of 'Jersey Shore' shop and sight-see around Florence, Italy. (Brian Prahl / Splash News)
In “reality,” the only thing real about the muscle-bound, boob-jobbed, super-tanned posse’s trip to Italy is the fact that acting imbecilic seems to come naturally to all of them. But according to several extras and locals who spoke to The Daily Beast, much of what happens on the show is planned in advance. An attorney whose studio is across the street from the Jersey Shore digs said he’s seen rehearsals of their walkabouts and that they frequently reshoot scenes from different angles, repeating dialogue and rehearsing facial expressions. When Pauly D. and Vinny tussled on the cobbled streets after a night of debauchery in a Florentine hot spot on Monday night the street became a mini-film set. Bodyguards in black t-shirts with secret-service style earpieces cordoned off the area to keep drunk fans and pesky paparazzi at bay before the “spontaneous” tussle took place. Vinny ripped up his t-shirt for added effect, and the duo stopped just below a streetlight, which just happened to light the scene perfectly. “They were talking about having the fight when they were drinking here,” said a waitress at the Astor Café, where they went before the incident. “Then the cameras went out ahead of them and gave them the thumbs up to leave.”
Snooki raised eyebrows two weeks ago when she crashed the cast’s Fiat Multipla into a police car. The car she hit was the team’s own protective police escort, and witnesses said that, oddly, there was a camera crew on the ground (in addition to the crew tailing the car) at the precise location the crash took place. Lucky break? The police on the scene don’t think so. Two officers were hospitalized and are still off work, and Snooki’s international driver’s license was revoked pending a full investigation. Snooki then wore a fake neck brace around town. A police source in Florence said that the accident didn’t seem all that accidental. “They were traveling at a very slow speed and it looked like the car intentionally hit the police escort and then kept moving forward for no reason.”
The kids have also been pretending to work at O’Vesuvio pizzeria near their apartment during their six-week sojourn, but The Daily Beast has learned that MTV actually rented out the restaurant. The pizzeria’s “customers” are extras, and authentic customers who try to enter are questioned about their age and intent. (Journalists are not welcome.) The crew have been kneading pizza dough and handing out publicity flyers, but primarily to men and women under 30 with a certain amount of camera appeal. Anyone allowed to enter the pizzeria must sign a confidentiality agreement and do as they are told in exchange for free pizza. “They told us in advance that the pizzeria would be closed to regular business for six weeks,” according to a clerk at the tobacco shop on the street who regularly lunches there. “The owners are making a killing on this.”
MTV declined to comment, but a source with the network confirmed that certain elements of the filming have been pre-arranged. "In a country like this, you need to take care of certain details ahead of time, but the cast does exactly what they want to do and there is nothing we can to do to stop them, nor would we want to." She said sometimes there are technical difficulties, of course, and shots have to be retaken. She confirmed that all those who are filmed have to sign waivers and that sometimes they do tell them not to speak or not to get involved in the dialogue of the principals, but "in general they are totally unscripted."
On Tuesday the cast split up to spend the week scouring Italy in search of their ancestors. Not to risk another automotive disaster, MTV has commandeered a fleet of drivers who will take them to Bari, Naples, and Sicily to see what shenanigans they can get up to in Italy’s more conservative southern regions. When the season premieres on August 4, the self-proclaimed Guidos and Guidettes will be portrayed “surprising” their ancestors in the small towns and villages, even though a source close to the MTV production crew confirmed that an advance team has already gone there to secure the necessary waivers and permits and, when necessary, hire locals who will make sure the scene seems as authentic as possible. They will then return to Florence on Saturday where they will finish up their last week of filming. The season premiere, it was just announced, will air August 4.
Snooki, The Situation, and the gang are filming their fourth season in Florence, and though fans may be excited, Deena's antics have already got businessmen complaining to the mayor, and a U.S. university is threatening to expel students participating in the show. Barbie Latza Nadeau reports.
The greased-up cast of MTV's reality smash hit Jersey Shore might call themselves Guidos and Guidettes when they are stateside, but here in the culturally classy city of Florence, they are referred to as "tamarri," "cretini," or "super-cafone"—terms generally used to describe sleazeballs and lowlife thugs known for vulgar behavior. Weeks before the cast of Jersey Shore arrived to film their fourth season in the homeland, real Italians had mixed feeling about the stereotypical image they are bringing with them. "No American tamarri here," says a sign affixed to the façade of the chic Munaciello Pizzeria in central Florence. "We prefer real Italian pizza."
MTV has rented a tony third-floor apartment for $10,000 on the Via Dei Vecchietti in the classiest neighborhood of central Florence, a stone's throw from the Duomo and just around the corner from the city's fashion epicenter, where the extravagant windows of Gucci, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana are as impressive as the city's museums and churches. Police have cordoned off the street and muscled bodyguards keep the crowds at bay and out of the camera sights. Strobe lights can be seen hanging from the wood-beamed ceilings when the apartment shutters are open, and frequently one of the cast members peeks down to see the crowds gathered on the street below. "They have ruined our street," says Francesco Maresca, a criminal lawyer whose studio is a few doors down. "They are cretins, and they have no business being here."
On the street below the apartment, American tourists and study-abroad students mix with locals, exchanging reported sightings with other fans who make a game of stalking the octet around the city. A permanent team of paparazzi listens in and offers their own tips to the better-looking girls. " Snooki is getting her legs waxed at the Oasis beauty salon," one excited fan yells, sending a photographer into a sprint to find the address. Suddenly, bodyguards move into position and camera crews appear from thin air. Vinny, Pauly D and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino strut round the corner and flex and pose in front of their giant wooden door. "Oh God, there they are. I'm changing my Facebook status," shouts Genevieve Provost, a 19-year-old Canadian tourist who, hours earlier, had been cast as a Jersey Shore "prop" sitting at a table with her bare, tattooed shoulder exposed to the Guidos. "This is definitely one of the highlights of this trip to Italy."
The crowd is mostly North American, but a handful of real Italians join in the fervor. Simone Vanni, 17, and Remus Buzdugan, 24, drove their scooter from a Florentine suburb through a torrential rainstorm last Friday to get a glimpse of their toned, tanned American "cousins" who are nothing like them. Real Italians generally aren't weighted down by giant shiny crucifixes, nor do they tan year-round. And most young Italians don't drink to excess. Still, the cast members carry an undeniable appeal for their fans. Camped outside the apartment, Buzdugan recites scenes from his favorite episodes, usually those in which Snooki beds a conquest. "They have the perfect life," Vanni told The Daily Beast. "They are living a dream I associate with living in America. I would love to live like that."
Their bodyguards are rude and pushy and have angered many residents, who don't feel they should "move out of the way" for a group of greaseballs.
But not everyone is as enthused about the stereotypical image the Italo-Americans from Jersey Shore are bringing to the homeland. Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, has issued a series of restrictions with the hopes of putting a damper on the usual debauchery that has been the staple of previous seasons. The show is not allowed to shoot scenes that represent Florence as a party town, which includes no shooting in bars or nightclubs where people are drinking. They are also banned from shooting inside museums, no doubt to discourage interaction with the city's numerous nude statues or to make a mockery of this Renaissance gem. But even with the rules, the cast of cretins has managed to live up to their bad reputation in the short time they've been in Italy.
When they are not carousing at the city's posh clubs like Flow and Fusion, they are paparazzi magnets, which is highly disruptive to the normally reserved Florentines. Their bodyguards are rude and pushy, and have angered many residents, who don't feel they should "move out of the way" for a group of greaseballs. During their first week in town, guidette Deena Nicole climbed over the stone ledge of one of the city's famous bridges, nearly plunging into the Arno. The incident was booed by locals, and it prompted business owners to formally complain to Renzi, who has been criticized for allowing them to film in the city in the first place.
You know about blowouts and T-shirt time, but the third season of Jersey Shore brought us a new lexicon. From sloppopotamus to the cheese bed, find out what Snooki, Pauly D, and the rest of the cast were talking about in Seaside Heights.
Angelina (n.)— an insult used for a roommate who refuses to let his or her other roommates enjoy themselves if s/he isn’t doing the same.
The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 3. (Photo Ilustration)
When Deena refuses to allow her best friend Lisa hook up with her roommate Vinny (out of concern for Snooki’s feelings for Vinny), he doesn’t take kindly to her "cockblocking," as he refers to her thwarting. Vinny responds with one of the most biting jabs by Jersey Shore standards—referring to her as Season 1 and 2’s notorious former roommate, Angelina.
Example: “Being called Angelina is like one of the worst things you could ever be called.”—Pauly D
atomic bomb (n.)—the ugliest and biggest of ugly, big women in the grenade caste system, essentially a grenade to the fifth power (also known as the A bomb).
Example: "There's classes of grenade. It goes like grenade, grenade launcher, and then submarine. After the submarine, it's the tank. And then after the tank, it's the A bomb."—the Situation
baba (n.)—1. baby talk for "bottle." 2. the name of the professional who cuts, styles, or dyes hair when pronounced with a stereotypical guido accent.
Example: "What does a baby call a bottle? Baba. Where does Pauly go to get his haircut? The baba."—Ronnie
Before tonight's season finale, Jersey Shore's proud guido chats with Marlow Stern about his beef with The Situation, bonding with Justin Bieber, and much more!
With his heavily gelled blowout, ever-present ear-to-ear grin, and creative lexicon, Jersey Shore's Rhode Island guido has become one of the record-breaking show's most likeable castmembers. On the eve of Thursday night's third-season finale, the DJ-cum-reality-TV star chats with Marlow Stern about his beef with The Situation, bonding with Justin Bieber, being oldest in the Jersey Shore cast, his MTV spinoff, and more!
MTV's reality series Jersey Shore has become a certified cultural phenomenon. The third-season premiere in January drew an astonishing 8.45 million viewers, setting the record as MTV's most-watched telecast ever—only to be eclipsed by the season's second episode, with 8.6 million, and then the third, with 8.9 million. Its season finale, which airs Thursday night, could see the show outdoing itself yet again.
DJ Pauly D hosts the Wintervention Party at the Hard Rock Hotel on Feb. 20, 2011 in San Diego. (Photo: Jerod Harris / Getty Images)
The show follows the lives of eight self-described "guido/guidette" housemates summering together in Seaside Heights, New Jersey (with the second season set in Miami, and the soon-to-be shot fourth in Italy). Developed by SallyAnn Salsano, Jersey Shore initially drew criticism from several Italian-American groups, as well as NJ Gov. Chris Christie, for both reinforcing negative Italian-American stereotypes and giving New Jersey's beaches a bad name. But its ever-increasing popularity has silenced its naysayers.
With his hair gelled in spikes, Italian flag tattoos, and ever-present smile, DJ Pauly D has emerged as a fan favorite, leading him to become the first castmember with his own upcoming spinoff show on MTV. The Rhode Island native has been deejaying since the age of 16 and was recently ranked the No. 8 DJ in America. On the eve of the third-season finale of Jersey Shore, the man formally known as Paul Delvecchio opened up to The Daily Beast about all things GTL.
You're known for your signature spiked-up hairstyle. How old were you when you first got it?
I've had it for a long time; it was just never this long or this crazy. I had different stages of it. I used to work at a car dealership and wear a suit every day, so it wouldn't be this crazy. I used to call it "the gentleman's blowout" and it used to be a lot shorter, but it's progressed over the years. But I've had it for over 10 years now.
Did you have any other interesting hairstyles during your teenage years?
How did SallyAnn Salsano create MTV’s biggest success ever and a cultural phenomenon? From her own life. “It doesn't get more guido than in my house,” she tells Andy Dehnart.
On Dec. 3, 2009, the cable channel HGTV announced that the reality design competition Design Star would be produced by famed-Survivor creator Mark Burnett for its fifth season. The unwritten part of the press release was that SallyAnn Salsano, the creator and executive producer of Design Star, had been fired.
That same day, another show she created, Jersey Shore, debuted on MTV. The rest is history: Snooki, The Situation, and Pauly D became household names, and the show set ratings records for MTV. Last Thursday, 8.9 million viewers watched Jersey Shore—more than most of the network shows on that night, and the highest-ever viewership for an MTV series. The network renewed the show, and is sending the cast to Italy to film the fourth season later this spring.
The cast of Jersey Shore and the show's creator, inset, Sally Ann Salsano (Photo: Courtesy of MTV Networks; inset: Getty Images)
In 1996, Salsano was a finalist for The Real World Miami and nearly became a cast member, which isn't hard to believe given her exuberance and large personality. ( Jersey Shore cast member Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio told The Daily Beast that she "belongs in the house with us.") Ten years later, she launched 495 Productions and created Design Star on HGTV, and went on to produce series including A Shot of Love With Tila Tequila and the fourth season of Nashville Star. She's about to start production for a docusoap series for TV Guide Network called The Nail Files; and there are two Jersey Shore spinoffs in the works, one starring Pauly D, and one with Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWoww” Farley.
How did she go from nearly being a cast member to becoming one of the genre's most successful producers? Like her Jersey Shore cast members, SallyAnn Salsano has a nickname that everyone calls her, SA. She said she is "a huge fan of reality TV. There's not a show that I don't watch. I don't watch it for research, so I can see what the competitors are doing. You know what? I fucking love every second of it," she said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast in Los Angeles, rattling off series ranging from A&E's Storage Wars to TLC's Sister Wives to MTV's Teen Mom. "Whatever it is, I love reality TV. I'm always drawn to the characters, their reaction, and how they perceive the world. And I think that's what makes life interesting."
For Salsano, reality TV is all about its cast members. "A show could be anywhere at any time; it's just who your characters are," she said, citing Jersey Shore. "I always thought it would have a cult following. But I thought it was going to be that little show that could, kind of like [NBC's] The Office."
She attributes part of its success to her inexperience: Having produced only competitions previously, which have a built-in structure, her first docusoap, Jersey Shore, ignored the increasingly standard practice of mapping out a season and leaving the unscripted moments to whatever happens during planned scenes (today, cast members x and y will have lunch, and discuss a and b).
Salsano said that for the pilot, which she produced for VH1 (it was later moved to MTV), "the network execs at the time wanted to partner me with someone else who had done a docusoap because I couldn't possibly know how to do it. And I was like, 'No way.' I can figure it out. I think part of the thing that works about Jersey Shore is that I was so afraid to miss anything or to screw it up is that I shot everything under the sun. So I'm not going to say, 'Hey, I'll be there at 9, let's shoot today mani-pedis, and then we're going to do this,' because that's not what reality is. Reality is: I'm there and something's going to happen."
Need a refresher before America's favorite guidos and guidettes return for the third season of Jersey Shore on MTV tonight? From Angelina and Snooki throwing fists instead pumping them to Pauly D and Vinny finding love, a lot went down on the second season. See where we left each cast member in Miami (and meet newcomer Deena) to prepare for their homecoming to Seaside Heights!
Angelina Can't Take the Miami Heat
If Angelina Pivarnick—the bartender who said she did "great things"—couldn't handle the heat on the first season at the Jersey Shore, it's unclear why she thought Miami would be any different. The Kim Kardashian of Staten Island—as she referred to herself—shocked the roommates by returning for Season 2 in Miami, despite leaving Seaside Heights early in Season 1. Though this time, Angelina came with luggage instead of garbage bags, the self-professed Angelina Jolie lookalike still couldn't hack it in round two. After an explosive physical fight with roommate Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and a verbal one with her only allies Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, the woman affectionately called the " Staten Island Dump" hit the road for good and will not be back for the third season.
Vinny Finds Time for Love
Somewhere between drinking and hitting the beach, some of the Jersey Shore cast members found prospects worthy of more than a pound and, surprisingly enough, even actual dates. After becoming a full-blown GTL— gym, tan, laundry—addict, Vinny Guadagnino, the quietest roommate, upped his game in Miami. In the second season, Vinny incited a fight between Snooki and Angelina after he hooked up with both of them, but ultimately toned things down after meeting love interest Ramona. Sadly, he had to leave his paramour behind in the Sunshine State.
From shwores to tanscaping, here is the ultimate Jersey Shore dictionary to help you get through Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's new novel, A Shore Thing, filled with a fresh batch of Snooki-isms.
From shwores to tanscaping, here is the ultimate Jersey Shore dictionary to help you get through Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s new novel, A Shore Thing, filled with a fresh batch of Snooki-isms. By Jaimie Etkin.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has already educated Jersey Shore viewers with her distinctive lexicon full of terms, from her " pouf" to her " kookah," but her new novel taps into the reality TV star's literary talents. A Shore Thing tells the story of Gia Spumanti's summer in Seaside Heights, NJ, where she chases gorilla juiceheads, accidentally burns a pair of her signature pink fuzzy slippers, sucks on pickles, and gets a gig at a tanning salon. Of course, the thinly-veiled Snooki-modeled character is no Jane Eyre, but her prose about chicken-parm-offs, sandy sexual encounters, and bathroom catastrophes are enough to make one's mouth water and subsequently, trigger one's gag reflex—a skill uniquely Polizzi.
bacne (n.)—A pattern of blemishes, specifically located on one’s back, caused by an inflammatory disease involving the skin’s sebaceous glands.
Though this may be a problem for anyone at any age, those who are fond of anabolic steroids find it to be a particularly nasty side effect, as opposes to other, more minimal issues.
Example: “Any juicehead will get some nut shrinkage. And bacne.”
badonk (n.)—A large, plump posterior. Synonymous with “junk in the trunk.” (see also, crack)
MTV has announced that the upcoming sixth season of 'Jersey Shore' will be its last. The Daily Beast relives the phenomenon that was 'Jersey Shore.'
Together at last. The 'Jersey Shore' star got Newt Gingrich to reveal he didn't have strippers at his bachelor party before marrying Calista. We're guessing Snooki doesn't know about his torrid past.
Still not sure what the guidos and guidettes of Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey are doing when they "beat the beat," "smush," or consume "calamad"? Don’t be a "fugazi"—The Daily Beast has a glossary of key terms.
MTV’s guidos and guidettes head to the motherland Thursday for season four. How will their lingo translate?
As it premieres its 25th season on Wednesday, the show that paved the way for reality juggernauts like Jersey Shore still draws 2 million viewers because it is the only one that features young people discussing their differences in substantive ways, Joshua Alston writes.