Alisa Apps is a Los Angeles-based singer who really, truly believes she is better than Lady Gaga … and she’s willing to go head-to-head with her to prove it.
On Tuesday, Apps challenged Gaga to a televised sing-off — which she proposed would take place at either New York’s Madison Square Garden or London’s O2 Arena — with the winner taking home a cash prize of $1 million. Each artist would perform a series of songs, with a panel of judges determining just who is the superior singer.
Challenging the reigning queen of pop music is a pretty ingenious way to garner headlines, but according to Apps, she’s not stepping to Gaga to make a name for herself. She’s doing it out of pity — and to prove a point.
“I feel sorry for Lady Gaga — she’s just a plastic doll generated by the music money marketing machine,” Apps said in an alliteration-heavy press release. “I stand for the voice of your heart. Be real with me. Come to my world and feel. I want to hear you and for you to hear me. This contest gives people a chance to choose which they prefer: plastic or real.”
Oh snap. Apps — who, according to her MySpace page, is signed to a “major” label (but has, to the best of our knowledge, yet to release a major-label album) — does command a rather robust YouTube fanbase, with a video of her performing an original song called “How Do I Make Right?” racking up more than 1 million views. It also bears mention that, back in 2008, on her official YouTube channel, she took aim at diva Mariah Carey with a stunt she called “The Pop Star Challenge”.
Apps did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment on the Gaga challenge by press time; nor did a rep for Gaga, though, really, that didn’t surprise us all that much.