Paul DelVecchio (born July 5, 1980), publicly known as DJ Pauly D, is an American television personality and disc jockey. He is best known for being a housemate on MTV's reality show Jersey Shore.
In August 2011, he announced a pending three-album deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records and G-Note Records. This deal was later confirmed by 50 Cent on December 1, 2011. He is also the first of the Jersey Shore cast to get his own spin-off show, The Pauly D Project.
DelVecchio was born on July 5, 1980 and raised in the Providence, Rhode Island area, and in Johnston, Rhode Island. Pauly is the son of Donna DiCarlo and Paul D. DelVecchio Sr. His mother has origins in Brazil. He has one sister, Vanessa. He attended Johnston High School. He began his career as a local DJ under the moniker Pauly D. One of his professional idols was DJ AM.
DelVecchio was cast in 2009 for Jersey Shore. He has stated that his being chosen for Jersey Shore had nothing to do with his music, but that they instead sent him a Myspace message after liking his look. After he sent them his number, "The casting directors called me from LA and they said they wanted to send down a camera crew to Rhode Island to film a day in my life. They filmed me at the gym, filmed me tanning and filmed me going to the club. Six months later they said I got on the show. I never really auditioned."
His appearance in the show resulted in popularity with what TIME dubbed "seriously rabid fans." He won the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice Reality Star: Male. He was a contestant in June 2012 on the Fox show called The Choice.
The Pauly D Project
DelVecchio is the first housemate from Jersey Shore to receive his own spin-off. It will focus on his DJ career as he goes on a tour around America. Filming commences in 2012. According to TIME, "We're guessing Pauly D got the spot [instead of Nicole Polizzi or Michael Sorrentino] because he genuinely seems fun and easy to get along with. He's not known for diva antics like The Situation and doesn't appear a drunken mess at times, like Nicole and Michael do." The show, originally called DelVecchio was later renamed The Pauly D Project. It premiered on MTV on March 29, 2012.
Music and disc jockey career
In 2010, DelVecchio released a single, "Beat Dat Beat (It's Time To)". He was also nominated for the "America's Best DJ" competition in 2010 and 2011.
After numerous rumours, on August 11, 2011, Pauly D confirmed to XXL that he had signed a three album deal with 50 Cent's labels G-Unit Records & G-Note Records and that he will also be releasing headphones under the label.
In 2011, it was announced that DelVecchio would open for Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Tour in North America on selected cities and dates.
In July 2012, DelVecchio tweeted that Big Sean was with him in the studio working on his new album, which will be released in 2013.
On the August 13th episode of WWE Raw, it was announced that Pauly D would be the social media ambassador for SummerSlam.
Pauly D released his first single of debut album, called "Back to Love", on January 15, 2012, featuring British singer Jay Sean.
Pauly D announced in October 2013 he was a father of a daughter born in New Jersey. He is reportedly in a custody battle with the mother of his daughter, who her mother named Amabella Sophia.