‘Jersey Shore’ Star Deena Cortese on Her Meatball Auditions: No One Could Replace Snooki (VIDEO)

For Deena Cortese, the Jersey Shore has never been more lonely.

In the old days of the MTV juggernaut, Cortese joined forces with fellow meatball, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, for drunken shenanigans in Seaside Heights, N.J. But during the series’ sixth and final season, Cortese has been forced to fly solo, as Snooki prepared to welcome her son Lorenzo with fiancé Jionni LaValle. It proved a harsh reality for the self-proclaimed “blast in a glass.”

“[Snooki] wasn’t living in the house so when I would come home drunk by myself, my roommates would sometimes make fun of me or make jokes,” Cortese told Celebuzz. “I’d take offense to it because I’m drunk and I always felt alone for some reason.”

That’s what inspired Cortese to hold auditions for a temporary party pal. “I definitely met some characters along the way that could definitely hang with the meatballs,” she said. “Hopefully they show all of the auditions we came across. It’s actually really funny.”

The try-outs only reminded Cortese of the deep bond she will forever share with her best friend. “I realize I don’t need a replacement for Nicole,” she recalled. “Just to drink with, of course I do. But she’ll always be meatball, sober [or] not sober. Nobody could replace Nicole…because me and Nicole, we just think alike, about the littlest things.”

Though she missed having her drinking buddy on the boardwalk, Cortese knows Snooki has found her happily-ever-after in her new life. “I love seeing Nicole as a mom. She’s awesome as a mom, and Jionni’s awesome as a dad,” she gushed. “She’s always wanted this. She wanted her Italian guy with her little baby.”

While Snooki and LaValle have been engaged since March, wedding plans seem to be on the back burner. “I think they’re concentrating on the baby for now,” Cortese said. “I’m sure they’re talking about it. I’m excited.”

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