It seems like Lady Gaga, the world's latest heir to the Madonna throne, is everywhere this holiday season. From her recent HBO special, "Monster's Ball at Madison Square Garden", to her Thanksgiving special, to the infamous Tony Bennett nude sketch, Gaga is having a busy month. Rather than take a break and catch her breath, Gaga is setting her sights on America's longest running New Year's Eve tradition: "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest". Gaga will be headlining the ABC show alongside Jennifer Hudson, Drake and Train.
This year's telecast marks the 40th anniversary of the Dick Clark produced show. It debuted on NBC in 1973, though for that year it was titled "Three Dog Night's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1973". It featured Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, Helen Reddy and Al Green. Dick Clark has only missed his hosting duties twice in the last 40 years, both times due to complications from a stroke that the former "American Bandstand" host suffered in 2004. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest has been co-hosting with Clark since 2005.
In slightly sadder, though probably related news, Lady Gaga has officially reached over-saturation. A recent poll has shown that the pop superstar's E score is now a disappointing 75/38, indicating awareness and growing disinterest. By contrast, Julia Roberts enjoys a 99/6 score on the same scale, indicating almost universal awareness and acclaim.
“Her appeal is flattening out, and there’s some negative [perception] that’s growing,” said Gerry Philpott, the CEO of E-Poll Market Research, the company behind the recently-released data.
“In early 2010, people who liked and disliked her were almost even,” Philpott said. “Now, 42 percent of people dislike her, compared to 33 percent who like her. Back in February 2009, her ‘like’ score was 43 percent, and her ‘dislike’ was 25.”
In a recent interview with US Weekly, Ian Drew said, “I asked Gaga, ‘Do you feel you’re overexposed?' And she said, ‘Yes, and I’m fine with that. I’m constantly needing to produce art. I’m a show with no intermission.’”