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GTL! 'Jersey Shore' audition in Farmingdale

Angelo Giggs, left, of Patchogue, Michael Minichello, of

Angelo Giggs, left, of Patchogue, Michael Minichello, of Brooklyn, Jordan Alexander of Bellmore, and Deniz Madfern, of Brooklyn, try out for MTV's 'Jersey Shore', Monday, at The Crazy Donkey bar in Farmingdale. (April 26, 2010) Credit: John Dunn

"Do you like one night stands?"

What could Michael Minichello say? Obviously there was a right answer given that Minichello was at The Crazy Donkey, a nightclub in Farmingdale, auditioning in front of a handful of casting agents looking for the next group of people to star in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore." In the show, eight young people lived together in a beach house with a very hopping hot tub.

Minichello is 24 and single. He had come out to Long Island from Brooklyn thinking his audition would be like "American Idol," with himself in the spotlight and judges sitting at a long table. Not so. Instead, he was grilled by a group of four or five people "in a . . . trailer," he says, laughing. Casting agents pulled people off the dance floor to be interviewed on camera.

Casting auditions will continue at The Crazy Donkey Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. The casting agents are looking for outrageous personalities who can live up to the first season, which was filmed in Seaside Heights, N.J. "Tanned, toned, sexy, fist-pumping," says Vanessa Romanelli, casting producer for Popular Productions. "We're looking for pretty much anybody that would be great on the show, blonds, brunettes, we need it all." Housemates need not be Italian, she says. After all, the two breakout stars of the first season, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley, are not.

But there weren't that many people to choose from Monday night, at least not by 10 p.m. Cousins Jodi Mazovec and Jackie Dobler, both 22 and 2005 graduates of Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, braved the pouring rain to show up a little after 7 p.m. because they thought there would be a long line. Casting agents had been expecting to interview a few hundred people.

Bu there was no line at all; in fact, only a few dozen people were scattered throughout the club. One of them was Mike Montesanto, 24, of West Islip, who was happy to take off his shirt so photographers covering the event could photograph his abs. Montesanto, who is in the ironworkers' union and puts up buildings and bridges, says the nights on "Jersey Shore" aren't too different from his regular weekend social life. "Why not be on TV?" he says. "Why not get paid for it?"

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