‘Double Shot At Love’: Did Pauly D Lead Nikki Hall On?

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the season finale. Paul DelVecchio aka DJ Pauly D shocked Double Shot At Love fans last night when he made the decision to send home not just one, but both women who were vying for a shot at his heart. Fans of the show were outraged when Pauly D chose to send home Derynn Paige because it looked to all that he would pick Nikki Hall.

Hall was a clear front-runner from the start of the show, but also someone who was portrayed as the villain and not well-liked by many of the other contestants. But, it was quite clear that she had a special connection with Pauly D, which made it even more shocking that he sent her home. Now Hall is speaking out about Pauly’s choice to send her packing, but did the DJ really lead her on?

Pauly D & Vinny Guadagnino
Pauly D & Vinny Guadagnino | Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Nikki Hall

It truly felt like Pauly D would be pursuing a relationship with Hall until the final moments of the finale. And while fans were frustrated by the DJ’s decision to keep Hall around, nobody was that surprised. Pauly D seemed to have an affinity for Hall from the very beginning despite the fact that she seemed to be constantly at odds with the other women. Still, the DJ went out of his way to make time for her and give her special attention, which made it all the more shocking when he chose to send her home.

Flying solo

Though Pauly D admitted that he cared deeply for Hall, he ultimately made the choice not to pursue a long-term relationship with her. Citing too many red flags in her choices and behavior, the DJ said he just couldn’t see a relationship working between the two of them. Of course, Hall took offense to this claim and she took to Twitter to tell her side of the story and share since deleted texts that are allegedly between the pair of them.

Twitter rant

“This entire season I took jabs and shots! People calling me out of my character and my name, yelling “Red Flags!” and I took it! Because “the end will be worth it!” He said. And not once did this man have my back, THAT should’ve been my only red flag.” Hall fired off. She also shared a string of since-deleted text message screenshots where Pauly D is insisting that he loves her.

Did Pauly D lead Nikki on?

But do these claims prove that the DJ led Hall on? Really it’s anyone’s guess. There’s always a chance that these texts were fabricated or that they indicate an exchange between Hall and someone else. It’s also possible that the texts do come from the DJ but his feelings for Hall changed over time.

The nature of reality TV

At the end of the day, this is a reality TV show, so many decisions are made merely to keep ratings up. It’s possible that Pauly D did lead Hall on at the encouragement of producers merely to make the show more interesting to watch.

Whatever the case may be, we have to consider the truth of the matter. If Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino (who ghosted his winner) were truly hell-bent on finding life partners, there are way better ways to find them than on MTV. It’s no surprise that neither of them are currently pursuing relationships with women from the show because, at the end of the day, they probably weren’t looking for love as much as they were looking for a check and the opportunity to have some fun.