Uh-oh: can the Gold Coast’s “vibrant nightlife” handle a Jersey Shore invasion?
Fri 20th Jan, 2012 News 5266 viewsin
Remember when back in 2010 DJ Pauly D took the #8 spot in the annual America’s Best DJ poll, ahead of some fly-by-nighters called Mix Master Mike and Derrick Carter? Well, your chance to witness first-hand what makes the guido icon so great might be coming disturbingly soon.
If Tourism Queensland plays its cards right, you could be seeing Pauly D and his Jersey Shore castmates in the silicone-enhanced, spray-tanned flesh when they land on the Gold Coast to film season six of their circus act. After Jersey Shore stars The Situation and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro told E Online they’d like to shoot a series on the Gold Coast “because all the girls are hot”, ninemsn dutifully went to Tourism Queensland for comment.
“We would welcome any interest and discussions,” the spokeswoman offered. “Obviously the Gold Coast is Australia’s playground, there’s theme parks, hanging out with lifesavers – the Gold Coast also has a very vibrant nightlife.”
So how would that “vibrant nightlife” react to the full force of Jersey Shore? We asked Joey Lamattina, the outspoken Managing Director of Gold Coast institution Platinum Nightclub, how he’d feel about having Pauly D and co. around.
“I wouldn’t go out of my way to invite them into any of my venues, but if they contacted me they would be more then welcome,” he says. “They are just ordinary smart business people that get paid a hell of a lot of money to do what they do.
“One thing I do want to point out and might shock people is that one of the cast Pauly D is a fuckin’ amazing DJ. I’ve heard him play in some clubs in NYC and Vegas and he’s better than some of the more well-known DJs. He plays a real cool blend of electronic and house sounds and really had these joints rocking. The crowds didn’t care about his day job.”
As for whether Jersey Shore would lower the tone of the GC, Joey has a straight-up take. “The Gold Coast’s profile cannot get any worse. I think it’s at an all-time low. Shootings, murders, wanna-be gangsters, corruption, major developers in receivership and very poor management of the city. We need all the tourists we can get to come back here. I think them coming here won’t change the image for better or for worse; 90-percent of the people won’t know who they are or even care.”