updated 09/30/2010 AT 10:45 AM ET
•originally published 09/30/2010 AT 10:50 AM ET
For Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, the good life of gym, tan, laundry has been replaced by WWW – work, work, work.
“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!”