Former Jersey Shore star Deena Cortese has her next gig lined up. At least, she knows what she’d like her next gig to be. The reality starlet is chasing a spot on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.
MSN reports that 26-year-old Cortese, fresh of her days in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, is excited about getting back onto a reality TV program, and hopes Dancing With the Stars is her shot. Talking about her dancing desires with Wetpaint Entertainment, Cortese argued that her background as a dancer might help her land a spot on the show, as well as the Mirrorball Trophy.
“I love dancing, I always have. And I’ve been dancing for a really long time. I think I could go really far on the show.”
Cortese said that if they allowed her to pick her own dance partner, she would pick someone closer to her height (she’s a 4’11″ “meatball”). She added:
“(My ideal partner would) definitely be one of the shorter guys. I think it’d look weird if I was with someone too tall. Mark Ballas would be amazing! I love him.”
If Cortese is accepted onto Dancing With the Stars, she’ll be the second Jersey Shore cast member to cut a ballroom rug. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino did his best in Season 11, but was eliminated during the fourth week.
Fun bonus fact: Deena Cortese knew fellow “meatball” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi before Shore. “We knew each other through [Snooki's] ex-boyfriend. She used to date one of my friends … and as soon as we met, it was just like heaven.”