About DJ Pauly D
Pauly Del Vecchio was born on July 5, 1980 in Providence, Rhode Island. He began spinning records at the age of 16 and was a professional DJ by the time he turned 18. Working at various local clubs and private parties helped jumpstart his music career, which had been his lifelong dream. In 2007, Del Vecchio partnered with a fellow DJ to launch VIP-PROV, a promotional street team that worked with several nightlife hotspots. His good looks, confident charm, and youthful energy soon caught the attention of MTV producers who cast Del Vecchio in their new reality series "Jersey Shore" in 2009. The show would focus on a group of single, wild, and outspoken Italian-Americans living together in Seaside Heights, NJ. The cast consisted of several over-the-top personalities - from Michael Sorrentino, an arrogant fitness club manager who nicknamed himself "The Situation," to Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, a pint-sized troublemaker who sported a towering bouffant and an in-your-face attitude.
Viewers tuned in each week to witness the drama that unfolded on "Jersey Shore." Del Vecchio struck up a friendship with the series' antagonist Sorrentino and enjoyed a brief romantic fling with housemate Jenni "JWoww" Farley, yet the audience was mostly mesmerized by the reality star's "Guido" look - muscular, tanned, and over-styled hair. Del Vecchio admitted he owned a tanning bed at home and spent at least 25 minutes on his hair. His "Blowout" hairstyle - short on the sides and spiked on top - often looked like the wearer had just been electrocuted. Del Vecchio's signature coif was even the highlight of a TV spot the cast filmed with Michael Cera promoting his film "Youth in Revolt" (2009). The lanky movie star was given a "Jersey Shore" makeover on camera, complete with a tutorial on getting Del Vecchio's "Blowout" hair. The transformation turned Cera, who made a career out of looking like the typical awkward high school freshman, into Del Vecchio's doppelganger.
While "Jersey Shore" was a hit with MTV viewers, not everyone was happy with how the cast portrayed Italian-Americans. UNICO National, a prominent Italian-American organization, boycotted the show while advertisers such as Dell, Domino's Pizza, and American Family Insurance pulled out their commercials. The network did not back down from the pressure from UNICO and major corporations. On December 2009, MTV Programming President Tony DiSanto defended "Jersey Shore" and said the series aimed to document a specific sub-culture - a group who commonly and comfortably referred to each other as "Guidos" - rather than misrepresenting the Italian-American community. In January 2010, Del Vecchio's "Jersey Shore" housemate Vinny Guadagnino confirmed MTV had renewed the series for a second season.
By Marc Cuenco