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Imagine your craziest girlfriend -- the one who always drinks too much, talks too loud, and ends up embarrassing you. Now imagine that against all odds, said friend becomes an arena-packing pop star. That pretty much sums up Ke$ha -- a free-spirited 26-year-old who's spent the last five years rising to fame on the strength of Top 40 hits like "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R." Of course, she now has an MTV docu-series that's chronicled that rise. (Who doesn't?) Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life kicks off the first of its six episodes on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. Here's the trailer:
As you can see, Ke$ha staggers and leaps from one TMI moment to the next. She does lots of shots, wears blue lipstick, makes out with random guys in nightclubs, stalks her ex-boyfriend, shaves her head and gives people the finger (in no particular order). For Ke$ha, life on tour is controlled chaos. Or maybe just chaos.
"I feel like I'm gonna puke," she mutters in one scene, and pretends to vomit in another. Those who've never heard of Ke$ha will no doubt wonder: "How did the drunk girl at the frat party get her own concert tour?"
But then, MTV viewers know exactly who Ke$ha is. She's attracted scores of fans with just this type of exuberant, anything goes behavior. In one scene from the trailer, she attempts a cartwheel on stage and falls clumsily. In her dressing room afterwards, she tries it again for her friends, and crashes into a chair. Then she pops up again, waving her hands in the air like a 3-year-old telling her mom, "I'm OK!"
Fans can relate to this behavior a lot more readily than that of a smoothly polished star who never stumbles. When a sobbing fan accepts a hug from her, he clearly seems to believe that she, at least, understands him.
But make no mistake: Ke$ha is a star. In one scene, she burps loudly. A minute later, she's shown waving at a multitude of cheering fans. As far as the eye can see, they are crowded behind barricades, just waiting for a glimpse of her. A glimpse of the girl who just burped for the camera.
And she's certainly not your garden variety crazy-chick-at-the-party. Oh no, she goes one step beyond. Drinking her own urine, for instance. Or collecting her fans' teeth because, she says, "I like wearing body parts as jewelry." You know a celebrity has made a wacky impression when an odd duck like Conan O'Brien is totally baffled by her. Watch her interview with him here, as she describes having "sexy time" with a ghost.
"This is the only thing I was put on earth to do," Ke$ha says at one point in the documentary. But which thing, exactly? The clubbing and the drinking and the stalking and the cartwheeling get a lot more play than her actual singing. And that seems to be just fine with her fans.