So long, Speidi … hello, Snooki?
Jersey Shore star Nicole Polizzi (a.k.a. "Snooki"), 21, says her new MTV reality show is giving The Hills a run for its money.
"We are better than The Hills," she told Usmagazine.com at Spike TV's Video Game Awards in Los Angeles Saturday. "It is all real."
Added Jenni "J-WOWW" Farley, 23, "We are not fake; we don't try to present ourselves like we are fake. We don't try to put ourselves in front of the cameras with the hair and the makeup. We tell everyone how we feel. We don't say anything behind their backs."
Viewers seem to be responding.
In its second week, the show's ratings were up 50 percent. This past week's show attracted 2.1 million viewers, a big boost from the 1.3 million viewers that tuned in for Dec. 3. (In comparison, ratings for The Hills ratings dropped significantly: 1.72 million viewers tuned in to the October season 5 finale; 2.6 million viewers watched the season 4 finale).
Jersey Shore made headlines last week after some Italian-American groups claimed the show exploits a stereotype. Italian-American Alyssa Milano told Usmagazine.com the show — about eight self-described "guidos" and "guidettes" on the Jersey Shore — "upset" her.
UNICO National, the nation's largest Italian American service organization, has even asked MTV to cancel the show.
But Farley told Us the show isn't trying to give anyone a bad name.
"We just enjoy the weather," she told Us. "We all have one main goal — to party it up and live."
Added Polizzi, "Yeah, we just want to have a good time day and night — from the beach to the beach parties, all day and night!"
Their tip to always look good?
"You have to be tan," Farley suggested. "You have to be secure with yourself. You have to know that you look good and stand out."
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