How serious is The Situation? "I'm cancelling appearances," he tells PEOPLE

By Michele Stueven
September 30, 2010 10:50 AM

Goodbye GTL.

For Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, the good life of gym, tan, laundry has been replaced by WWW – work, work, work.

Inspired by an improved score and another shot at the mirror ball trophy, the Jersey Shore star survived another week on Dancing With the Stars and is making the most of getting another chance.

“I’m putting in the time, I’m canceling appearances, just to show America that the kid’s putting in the work and the time.” Sorrentino tells PEOPLE. “We are rehearsing every day, sometimes until 1 a.m.”

Coach and partner Karina Smirnoff has complete faith in him. “He’s a great student, I love having him as a student,” she said after Monday night’s competition. “He makes me laugh, he makes me angry, I love him!”

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