While pop icon Mariah Carey has made headlines recently for referring to her early 90s marriage to legendary music exec Tommy Mottola as ‘wounding’ due to his alleged ‘controlling’ manner (click here to read more), he – on the other hand – has had nothing but glowing things to say about his former bride.
Taking to Variety magazine to dish on his exit from the music industry and entry into the theater realm, namely with his latest Broadway venture (the Donna Summer bio-musical), the one-time leader of Sony spoke candidly about his present relationship with the songstress. Discussing her disastrous 2016 NYE performance and its 2017 redemptive redo, Mottola weighs in on the status of the singer’s current career while angering ‘American Idol’ fans for his comments on Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Read his interesting words inside:
ON REALITY SINGING COMPETITIONS:
“…I don’t watch any music competition shows. I was the biggest “American Idol” fan ever, OK? Simon Cowell is my friend. They didn’t develop one star.
Kelly Clarkson is a great singer. She never became a recording star. Carrie Underwood had a recording career. When you think about it, not one global superstar broke out of that show, and the show was No. 1 in every country in the world.”
ON MARIAH CAREY:
V: Are you and Mariah still friendly?
TM: I’m friendly with everybody.
V: Did you watch her on New Year’s Eve?
TM: I thought she was great. I didn’t have to give her advice again.
V: Did you call her last year after she had that stage malfunction?
TM: Yeah. It shouldn’t have been her problem. The people she had working for her, how do you allow that to happen? It’s like, “Come on. That should all be fixed in sound check.” There should be no room for error. I felt bad for her. Look, she’s as talented as one can be. Those songs, they’ll go on forever. Some of her vocals and all those albums we did are incomparable. Everybody tries to emulate them.