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We weren’t sure what to expect when we first met Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio in the 2009 pilot of Jersey Shore. He seemed to be a caricature of himself and the typical guido stereotype, obsessed with tanning, motorcycles, and his signature blowout. But we slowly started learning more about Pauly, his music, and his hilarious, loving personality, and we quickly fell in love!

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So now that Jersey Shore is no more, what is our favorite DJ up to these days? For one thing, he’s been working super hard on his music career. He released a hit single called “Back to Love” with Jay Sean, having worked with 50 Cent on the track and the sexy accompanying music video. He’s toured with the legendary Britney Spears (and infamously got a lapdance on-stage from the superstar!), had his own short-lived spin-off, The Pauly D Project, hung out with a ton of celebs like Nicki Minaj, and of course stayed in touch with his bromance “boyfriend” Vinny!

Pauly D recently announced tons of exciting career news, including an upcoming tour with the Backstreet Boys and Jesse McCartney, a new line of DJ-themed “Remix” cocktails soon to be out at Walmart, and an exciting upcoming gig DJ’ing at the 2013 Miss USA Competition! Plus, he was voted Favorite DJ of All Time by Ryan Seacrest! Not bad, Pauly.

And of course, he still goes for crazy motorcycle rides (wearing weird costumes, of course) and spends time with his Shore co-stars, who came out to support him at a recent gig in Atlantic City. Yeah, buddy!

Are you surprised at how far Pauly D has come since the Shore? What’s your favorite project he’s working on? Sound off below!