The dancer is a woman with a black shiny leather dress, with a garter belt that connects it to her shiny black boots. The back of the dress has a large countess collar. She also wears a flowing golden evening gown that is open in front, with the hems of the sleeves, and the skirt flowing freely. A hot pink dress hoop "pushes" the gown out, making it look more like a 16th-century ballroom dress. She has a gold choker scarf and has blondish puffy hair that is curled at the end. She wears a hot pink glove and a black visor on her face.
The dancer transforms into a completely different outfit. She wears a shiny brown long sleeve crop-top that exposes the midriff, and black cuffs at the end. She also wears a black collar. As for the shorts, they are shiny and brown too, with black cuffs on the hips as well. She wears burgundy ankle length high heel boots, and a similar looking brown glove. Her hair does not appear curled at the ends anymore, and the blonde hair is slightly paler. She wears a black butterfly-shaped visor on her face.
The coach is a woman with long black hair. Her outfit is inspired by the official music video. She has a white face paint, with smudged blue eye-shadow and orange, smudged lipstick. She also wears black ankle-length boots. She wears a bodysuit with flowing cuffs over the hands, and black spandex shorts and a black strapless bra are visible underneath. There is also a noticeable, fiery, static-like outline around the dancer as well.
The routine takes place in what appears to be an insane asylum. During the first verses of the song, she appears in a long slender hall with screens with people trying to get out on the sides. Lights light up the floor and make various triangular formations as she dances. The people in the screens on the sides try to push out, but cannot, due to the unknown material. As the chorus nears, backup dancers appear two men wearing only pink spandex pants and with a strange hairstyle, and two women wearing a pink one-piece, with long brown hair. They dance during the chorus too, and also during the chorus, the wall itself is another giant screen in which once again a person is trying to get out.
The routine takes place upon the same stage as the On-Stage routines, with various lights and an audience.
There are 3 Gold Moves in this routine:
All Gold Moves: Bring your right hand down in a curve while hopping and put your left arm down.
All Gold Moves
All Gold Moves in-game
There are 3 Gold Moves in the Alternate routine:
Gold Moves 1 and 3: Spread your arms out from your chest such that they are outstretched. Gold Move 2: Raise your arms with a slight bend, as if you are flexing. Also, keep the rest of your body entirely straight.
Both modes of Applause appears in Party Master Modes; here are the captions attributed to their dance moves:
Black Swan 
This is the second song by Lady Gaga in the series.
The Alternate routine uses the On-Stage Mode's background, despite not having its lyrics in the middle of the screen, the dancer being solo, and the routine not actually being an On-Stage mode routine.
The backup dancers in the background are the first dancers in the series to have a visible skin tone, and faces, as opposed to the neon style of the main coaches.
The two dancers do not have a "smooth" transition in between each other and is one of the few to do so.
Safe And Sound just have a flash when the dancers change, and Wild has sort of a glitchy transition.
There are two lyric errors:
The line "I’ll turn the lights out" is misinterpreted as "Turn the lights on".
The line "Now art’sin pop culture, in me" is misinterpreted as "Now artand pop culture in me".
The pictogram for the last move has the C1 color instead of the C2 color, suggesting that the coach was supposed to change back to C1 at the end (similar to Ain’t My Fault).
If you bought Just Dance 2014 from GameStop and bought the ARTPOP album (follow instructions on receipt), you would have gotten an additional remix of Applause, the Bent Collective Club Mix.
The Alternative version is noticeably harder than Ubisoft's usual choreography since it is the original choreography of Richy Jackson. However, it is only marked as "Hard."
A very short video of the Alternate routine was leaked on November 21, 2013.
The alternative dancer spells "ARTPOP" out with her hands at the end of the song just like Lady Gaga in the music video; however, some people may find this difficult, and because of this, it is not counted as a move in-game.
In the Just Dance Wii U trailer the title was accidentally spelled as The Applause. This was fixed before the final release.
If you look closely to the Alternate coach, you will see her lip syncing throughout the lyrics.