Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi seems to be shedding her Jersey Shore party animal image this season on Dancing With the Stars — and host Tom Bergeron is almost onboard.

The long-standing host of DWTS hasn’t quite gotten used to calling the pint-sized star by her more mature moniker of Nicole, so he’s settled for a hybrid nickname instead.

“Here's my theory behind that,” Tom explained to TVGuide when asked about his nickname for Nicole. “When they told me she was coming on the show, I said, ‘Oh, that's great. Snooki's coming on.’ And then they said, ‘She might want to be called Nicole.’ I said, ‘But doesn't she have a show called Snooki & J-Woww?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Well, then why would we just call her Nicole?’”

Thankfully, Tom came upon a title he was more comfortable with.

“So it just occurred to me on the air last week. How about Snicole? That way she's happy and I'm happy,” he said.

While “Snicole” might be happy about her new nickname, the dancing diva might not be as pleased with her most recent score alongside partner Sasha Farber. The duo’s Rumba was criticized by judges for a lack of acting and the pair ended up scoring low with a 6 and two 7s for a total of only 20 points.

If Tom has his way, however, Nicole should stay on for at least a few more rounds.

“She's a riot. I love watching [her and partner Sasha Farber's] training packages,” he said. “The chemistry with her and Sasha is really funny. It really is. We've got some really good couples, in terms of that. But they're one of my favorites.”

Source: TVGuide