"I felt really good when I came home and got a call from Pauly D and a text message from Snooki," Sorrentino told PEOPLE backstage at Tuesday's results show. "They were like, 'You did awesome. We're so proud of you.' It really made me feel good because – I'll be honest – dancing really isn't my strong point."
And if Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are impressed with their pal's dance moves thus far, Sorrentino promises things are only about to get better. "I'm really trying to take that trophy home," he says. "I'm really trying to practice and do my best, and it's starting to show."
Adds Smirnoff, "We have nowhere to go but up."