Is Pauly D too big for ‘Dancing With the Stars'?
August 24th, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Is Pauly D too big for ‘Dancing With the Stars'?

First, “Jersey Shore” cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino tried to dance his way to the mirror ball trophy on the 11th season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Then “The Situation’s” housemate Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was rumored to be joining the latest season of the ABC dance show. So why would their "Shore" roommate Pauly D say he’s too good for "DWTS"?

During a recent interview with a New York television show, Pauly D, who is on tour with Britney Spears, says he doesn’t think he’ll be fist-pumping on the “Dancing With the Stars” dance floor anytime soon. He says, “I will do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ when my career dips.”

Over the 12 seasons of “DWTS,” the dance floor has attracted some big name stars – Kim Kardashian, Kirstie Alley, Donny and Marie Osmond, just to name a few. I don’t think Pauly D meant he was bigger than these stars, but what do you think? Is Pauly D too big to dance for the mirror ball trophy?

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  7. Frank

    He is too big as in too fat!!

    September 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. An opinion

    He said he will do Dancing with the Stars when his career "dips". The clock has started, dude. About 10 minutes left of your 15.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ep_vet

    TOO BIG???? I talked to a girl in Florence who said that he was too small, way too small. Maybe he should try out for Toddlers in Tiaras, instead of Dancing with the Falling Stars

    September 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the_dude

    I think this guy is a big star. I mean he war pretty awsome as the young darth vader in the star wars movies.

    September 2, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chenpo

    HA , He couldnt roast Donald Trump on comedy central or anyone of the guest, Bet he cant dance either. I cant wait to see this if it happens I need another good laugh. I guess the first embarrassment didnt sink in his head.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. teddy

    I think they would have to pair up Pauly D(ame) to dance with men, since he has such a girly naired body and such a "pretty" head of crown hair...Poeple may fear to dance with him, for his slick sweat and greasy hair will make the dance floor too slippery to dance on!

    When his 15 minutes of fame is up, he'll move back in with mom and be working deliverying pizzas at the local pizza shoppe on federal hill in Providence! –Not only do RI politicians embarrass us, so now TV reality "stars" like Richard Hatch and this Jersey shore meathead!

    August 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |

    Young Paul (ie) and has pals give New Jersey a bad name. Half these hoodlums are not even from NJ. What horrible role models these freaky kids make they all look like they are in their 40s. What garbage. Throw the trash out.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Terrapintexan

    Isn't this guy suppose to be in his early twenties? All that partying and boozing looks to be taking its toll on him. He has the puffy eyelids, leathery-looking skin, and crow's feet of a man twice his age.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      Pauly D is NOT in his twenties, he is at least 32. He used to DJ in the late 90's in RI. I never saw him, but knew poeple (unfortunately) that went to the (crappy dance music) clubs in RI. I thought he was gay-he used to DJ at MANY of the RI gay clubs.

      August 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mark in nyc

    his ego, perhaps

    August 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. DRAKE

    You can dress black, talk black and act black but when you have to dance.... I think we know the rest.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ED

    Hasn't it already been 15 minutes...

    August 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. idano

    he's a TOOLl ! and TOOLS don't dance !

    August 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. SCUSIE1


    August 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. G'zy

    ^^–well, i should've known.. after piglet Kristie Alley, none should be considered too big(fat) for the show!!... I <3 u George Lopez!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  21. G'zy

    hahaha... i clicked on this cuz i thought it meant too big-as in too buff, or possibly too fat for the show, L-O-L!!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jillmarie

    No way he's too big for DWTS! What's big is his superinflated ego! Your 15 minutes are almost up, I hope, anyway. Nobody knew who you were not too long ago, nobody will care soon, at least not me.

    August 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. loJenk

    August 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. CindyLoo

    It's precisely comments like, “I will do ‘Dancing With the Stars’ when my career dips.” that actually make a career "dip". Being humble is what gets people far in life. Good luck Pauly D, hope it lasts longer than you think.

    August 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. jzammy

    "fist pumping"?? really?

    August 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  26. zvbhsxfn

    He is bigger than some old fogey named Kate.

    August 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Not A Rocket Scientist

    Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what he meant.. To be a real participant on DWTS it takes a lot of time and dedication. That's something that he can't commit to atm. When the time does come free "dips" He would do DWTS..

    August 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Get a Clue

    Don't blame a guy for being on show that you despise. If you don't like JShore, don't watch it, that simple. He gets paid a good amount of money to drink and have a good time, it would be stupid of him NOT to continue doing the show.

    As for him not having anything besides that to fall back on? He was just hired as the resident DJ at the Palms in Las Vegas, I'd say that's a pretty good gig to have for a career.

    And for the moron who asked if Brittney Spears was still relivent in the music world, do you listen to the radio? She is currently on tour promoting an album she just made

    ...ignorant people shouldn't be allowed on forums

    August 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • CindyLoo

      Agreed. People are quick to judge but don't realize the actual point to the story. I too would be happy w/ a gig in Vegas, that's BIG!! As far as being paid to drink and party, I don't think I would personally like that type of negative attention. Hey in all reality, to each his own!!

      Great comment BTW!!!

      August 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tracy

    FYI... there were more viewers watching Jersey Shore last week, then Boston vs yankees game. Whats the world coming to!

    August 25, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  30. Amazing

    To each his own! I love Pauly D and his mixes... POP culture is every changing. I know some DJs who make bank spinning the oneie twoies. As for not doing DWTS... its a good show, but he's busy. B-Spears may not be your cup of tea, but she is the mini-Madonna of my generation. Pauly-D may eventually do the show and I know all you closed minded haters will be sitting there with your frozen dinners and wine coolers enjoying every second of your t-voed POP culture obession.
    I say if you can make big doing what you love for only 15 mins... at least you did it!!! More than most can say...

    August 25, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  31. sman1234

    I love reading most of the comments on here….. you people all make me laugh. This guys probably makes more money in 4 or 5 nights of work ( last I heard he was getting paid between 10 and 20 thousand a night to DJ at clubs and parities) then most people on the forum make in a year.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Amazing

      AND he is making $100,000 an episode on Jersey Shore.

      Put positive vibes out and you may get your's too! (stop the hate all you others...)

      August 25, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • @ sman1234

      Well, that's because most of the commenters are kids who still live with their parents... what do you expect?

      August 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  32. Isabelle

    He needs to get a haircut – the "fade" went out in the mid 1990's – And yeah his ego is way to big – maybe he should go on DWTS – because like Sorrentino (I REFUSE TO CALL HIM THAT OTHER NAME) – his ego would be torn down quite a few notches, might do him some good to realize that to the majority of the world – he's a big nobody!

    August 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  33. Robert

    When his career Dips???? What Career??? Isn't he the Dip???

    August 25, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  34. Usaywha?

    Who is Pauly D? Is he a rapper? What is his talent that makes him famous? Does he have any talent?

    August 25, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  35. Ivan Bial

    Pauly D?Never heard of him until I saw this story.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  36. Sarah

    Should be called Dancing with the Has Beens and Reality Fame Wh**rs

    August 25, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  37. hamburger steak

    When is The Situation/Pauly gayLove tapes gonna be released?

    August 25, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      Snooki will produce and do commentary on the DVD special Edition on those!

      August 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Saber

    Kardashian's Famous?? Whoo Whoo that's a laugh!

    Name one film they have been in? NONE!

    Reality TV does not make one famous. It makes them infamous!

    I read all of these comments, with the exception of one true star with actual TALENT, the list is pretty, well LAME!

    For Sean Connery's name to appear with this list or pathetic excuses for Hollywood Fame is insulting!

    Nuff Said!

    August 25, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  39. jb2817

    This idiot lives one town over from me in Rhode Island. I would hear his caddy before seeing it he's just an average wigger who got lucky. As far as his comment I defer to Sean Connery in The Untouchables "just like a dago. Brings a knife to a gun fight"

    August 25, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      Your description of Pauly D is right on the money! Glad to hear a fellow RIer tell the truth!

      August 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Eaton Butts

    Why wouldnt Paulette wanna do DWTS? I hear they are gay friendly and ever welcome the butch lesbeans.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  41. Sarcastro

    Who is that girl, and why would she be too important for DWTS?

    August 25, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  42. CHANA


    August 25, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  43. Anastasia Beaverhousen

    When his career dips? In that case he should be serving the dancers drinks on dancing with the stars as some sort of cater waiter.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • All3Allin

      You do notice that the people going on DWTS typically aren't REALLY working actors or stars. Retired sports players, actors and actresses that haven't had a current movie or TV show in about 5-10 years. . . .

      August 25, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  44. jordan

    Wait, he has a career? This is nothing more than an extended train wreck that people watch in horror . His "dip" will be a brick wall, there will be no invitation to dance. Hopefully those celb rehab and reality shows will be over too cause thats the only chance he would have to extend his "career'.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  45. Beebe Brown

    Who is Paulie D?

    August 25, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  46. danny bonaduce

    ya the greasy italian will look good in leotards ! come on gays have rights too... leave the mo alone.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bill

    stop giving these losers press, please, so they can disappear as fast as they came

    August 24, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Pauly is a F

    Touring with Britney Spears, that explains a lot about his brain power...what a moron.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umm..

      ....Would he be a moron because he's touring with a successful artist? That's how you make money in the music industry. Maybe you're the moron for thinking that touring with a successful million dollar artist is stupid.

      August 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • e

      Pauly definitely has become successful in the music industry if a pop icon such as Britney Spears asked him to go on tour with her.

      August 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joystick

      Your McDonald's lunch break is over, time to clock back in.....

      August 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      Paulie D is not a musician–he scratches records....Brtiney is not a musician either. she doesn't even sing live–All she does is push play on a cd player, lip synches and giggles all over the stage in-between costume changes....And at the end of the night they say "SUCKERS!" and laugh all the way to the bank at all the stupid kids (and their parents that buy their "concert" tickets) and the overgrown 30 year olds (such as jersey shore castmates) that likes the garbage they do!

      August 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Hater

    He probably has better offers right now, but I doubt DWTS will still be interested when his "career" dips.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Phillip R

    Well he kinda has a point. Stars do that show when their career is typically in a slump.

    However, a slump for those stars is often still better than his best day.

    August 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Mr Flibble

    Dancing with the Stars: Where "Has Been" and "Never Was" actors go to die.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. phearis

    I think his ego is too big.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. CVD

    Whether people want to admit to knowing who he is or not, it's one of the highest rated shows on cable television and most of the cast has more current exposure than the other "stars [of yesteryear]" who go on this show. And he's right to decide to go on the show later- when his career "dips", because it's at it's height right now. Everyone can exclaim, "Pauly who?" but the fact is, millions upon millions of people do know who he is, and he'd bring in an audience that DWTS doesn't usually hold. Whoever his manager is.... they're doing a good job.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandman101

      Highest rated show on cable... So what, like maybe 3 million veiwers? Yeah thats really popular.

      August 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  54. jujubeans

    Anybody who goes by Pauly isn't too big for anything.

    August 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  55. rachbabynyc

    Ummmm...who is pauly D?

    August 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  56. thejewel

    Wow! Like really DJ'ing is not something that is going to be for long term, he had better jump on pocketing the offers $$$ like DWTS before he dries up, looks in the mirror and sees an old dried up Italian with no career.

    August 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  57. FIX IN TX

    Hello ~ on tour w/ Brittney Spears?!? Is she producing albums? Is she still relevant in the music world? DWTS wants "stars" that have little dance background (Alfonso Riberio appeared in 1 Michael Jackson video & tapped as a child and they won't take him). How is "fist-pumping" equal dancing?

    August 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fortune Cookie

      It's called marketing. Unfortunately, more people would tune in to see someone that's relevant in the current news (positive or negative), than someone that's been out of the spotlight.

      It's what interests the current demographic...... who care who's on the other end, .it's all about $$$.

      August 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • stuckatwork

      didnt her latest album chart 3 top 10 singles?

      August 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • @FIX IN TX

      Where do you get your info from? If that is the case why have Mya who studied dance since she was 2?

      September 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Candy

    Well he does actually have a career other than getting drunk on "Jersey Shore". He is on tour DJ'ing for Britney Spears and I believe he's worked with a few other artists. So he really doesn't have to be on DWTS until all of that dries up.

    August 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whateva

      I doubt they will want him once his "career dips". I think it will do much more than dip, btw.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Cleo

    PaulyD and Snooki are to ugly and stupid for that show.

    August 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fortune Cookie

      If you're going to criticize someone, correct your grammar. It's "TOO", not "TO".


      1. A word that means, "in addition", or "in excess".

      2. A word that people with an IQ below 100 seem to believe does not exist. They will often replace with the incorrect variant "to", which does not mean the previous definition.

      August 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • e

      Pauly D and Snooki both have very successful careers thanks to Jersey Shore.

      August 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      e...Jersey Shore ...if you think this "program" creates stars....think again. All it does is show the whole world that people from New Jersey have no class,,,and are a bunch of drunken nobodies....
      I would never list any of those people as stars.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LindaMae

      I think Cleo meant- they are tooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ugly and tooooooooooooooooooooooo stupid for that show. I can't stand it when people try to be superior because they know how to spell.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  60. fernace

    Paulie D is not a star & probably has 2 left feet! He & his cast members could fall off a cliff Yesterday & the world would not care or miss them! They are spoiled brats who think they are a Big Deal! Paulie D seems to be the only 1 with a career to fall back on O he will need it, soon!!

    August 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Snarky

    Kim Kardashian, Kirstie Alley and the Osmonds are NOT big stars. Never were. Never will be.

    August 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      Never were, never will be? Kim Kardashian just made 18 million from her wedding. Kirstie Alley was the biggest star on Television back in the early 90's. The Osmonds were never big stars? How old are you – eight?

      August 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snear

      Perhaps Snarky your true nature of bitterness is showing

      August 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Kirstie Alley won and Emmy and a Golden Globe. That makes her a star.
      As far as this guy, pauly D? Yeah, he'll be winning major awards.. NOT.

      August 25, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Pauli who?

      I had to look up who pauly d was. A big star? No. The butt of every joke. Yes. He shouuld enjoy his few minutes of fame and good fortune.

      What a fool

      August 25, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • P404

      Who is Pauly D?????

      August 25, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      True that!

      August 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CindyLoo

      Really?? LOL you should "google it" before making your point known.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • annie

      This guy is delusional...Who is he again??? Oh yes, part of that trashy sensation of people from NJ, soon Pauly, soon your 15 minutes will expire...TICK TOCK!!!!

      August 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • CynDlou

      seriously?!?!?!?! who is Pauly?

      August 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      I agree with you on Kim Kardashian, but you're nuts if you think Kirstie Alley and Donny and Marie have never been big stars. Emmy awards, platinum albums, sold-out concerts, Broadway... nuts, I tell ya.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      The Osmonds were never big stars? You either are an old dufus or a dumb kid that doesn't know what they are talking about. Have you heard of the Donnie and Marie Show? It was on for 4 seasons in the 70's and the Osmonds were as big as the Jackson 5 in the 70's.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      Yes, and Kristie Allie not a big star? ever hear of the TV show Cheers? It was on tv for like, what 15 years? You've either been living in a hole for the past 35 years or you're just an uneducated and uncultured child....

      August 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |

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