The song also has an alternate routine available as a downloadable track on Just Dance 2014.
Appearance of the Dancers
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 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 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 escape from 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.
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.
Applause makes appearances in the following Mashups:
Applause appears in the following playlists:
Just Dance 2020
Just Dance Now
Just Dance Unlimited
- Just Dance 2014
- Unlimited A-E
- Hall of Fame
- Keep on Partying
- Thrills and Chills (Halloween Update)
Applause appears in Party Master Modes. Here are the captions attributed to her dance moves:
- Elegant Shadow
- Applause and Just Dance are the first two songs by Lady Gaga in the series.
- There are two lyric errors:
- The line "I’ll turn the lights out" is misinterpreted as "Turn the lights on".
- The line "Now art’s in pop culture, in me" is misinterpreted as "Now art and pop culture in me".
- If one bought Just Dance 2014 from GameStop and bought the ARTPOP album (following the instructions on receipt), they would have gotten an additional remix of Applause, the Bent Collective Club Mix.
- The NATO phonetic alphabet translates LimaGolf (the song’s codename) to LG, the initials of Lady Gaga, the track's performer.
- This codename was probably used so the files would not be confused with the applause sound effect.
- Applause is one of the few songs to use a codename that is different from the original title, along with Roar, Nitro Bot, Isidora, Dagomba, Bang Bang, XMas Tree, The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) and Don’t Wanna Know. However, all of them except Applause, Roar, Bang Bang, and Don’t Wanna Know were intended to use a different title.
- In the Just Dance Wii U trailer, the song was erroneously referred to as The Applause. This was fixed before the final release.
- Applause and Troublemaker are the only songs from Just Dance 2014 to not have their alternate routines available on Just Dance Unlimited.
- A Party Master Mode was planned for Applause, but this was scrapped from the final game. Unused files for the unreleased Party Master Mode can still be found in the files for Just Dance 2014.
- 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.
- 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).
- The coach makes a cameo in Just Dance’s background. She is the only Just Dance 2014 coach to make a cameo in that song.
- The coach’s color scheme is different from the original.
- This pictogram appears three times in a row during the first chorus, but it only appears once in all the other choruses.
- Applause is one of the routines to have a Dancemas ornament.
Behind the Scenes
Official Music Video