Jersey Shore Cast Welcomes Deena Nicole Cortese

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The Jersey Shore cast's newest member, Deena Nicole Cortese, hit the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend with the rest of the crew.

"Oh my God, it's surreal!" Cortese said. "I have fan pages already, and people Twittering me, and I'm just like 'I just got out of the house two days ago!'"

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Her episodes haven't even aired, as we're still on Season 2 in South Beach (see THG's recap of last week's Jersey Shore). Season 3 airs later this year.

ALL NATURAL: Deena Nicole Cortese's skin tone matches that of her BFF Snooki. Yup, she's gonna fit in perfectly down at the Shore. [Photo: Splash News Online]

"When I went in the house I was expecting something completely different," she says. "Everybody shocked me, in a good way, and I feel like I fit right in."

"They welcomed me with open arms, and I'll appreciate those kids until the day I die," adds Deena. "Season 3 is going to blow everyone out of the water."

"She's got positive attitude," said co-star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro. And, after the recent catfights, "we needed that positive energy," added Vinny Guadagnino.

The only thing left? A nickname.

It's hard to pick out a good one without seeing her on the show, but DNC would work ... well, unless she's a Republican. That or total class in a glass.

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