Jersey Shore Star Deena Cortese Launches Singing Career: “Finally I Got The Courage To Just Do It!”
Jersey Shore star Deena Nicole Cortese was a self-proclaimed “blast in a glass” on the hit MTV reality series. But now, she’s hoping to be a blast in the recording studio. The 26-year-old just announced that she is leaving her television roots behind and embarking on a new career as a singer.
“I know a lot of people look at me as just a one-dimensional TV character,” Cortese said in a YouTube video to her fans titled “Following MY Dreams.” “And I loved filming. And I had so much fun and I know I did a lot of funny stuff. And I don’t regret any of it. I think of everything that I accomplished. All the doors that the show has opened for me. Especially this, like giving me the courage to pursue something that I love and giving me thicker skin. I know everybody is going to be like, ‘Ugh, she’s just this party girl!’ That was just one side of me. Yeah, I like to party, and yeah,I like to have fun, but there’s also this other side I would love to show people. And I am ready to pursue what’s next for me and for me this is singing.”
Cortese admits that she expects there to be haters, but she finally believes she is on the right path. “It took me a little bit to push myself to do it. I was a little bit nervous about what everybody else is going to think,” she said. “I am sure there is going to be people that are going to say negative stuff. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was kind of at a standstill. I really want to sing and finally I got the courage to just do it. I’m just doing this for myself; I’m giving it a shot. I’m going for it. And I’m excited. I am sitting at home thinking what is my next move and I really feel like this is it.”
Listen to Cortese talk about following her dreams above and watch the aspiring singer cover Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’” in the video below. Do you think Cortese has what it takes to make it in the music industry?
Also, below is a video of Jersey Shore‘s real breakout star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi singing a track from Disney’s The Lion King. Sorry, Deena, but we think Snooks has got you beat!