Evelyn McDonnell of the Miami Herald profiled the comeback efforts of diva singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, and their tabloid-like TV appearances. Island has been savvy in its efforts to restore Carey’s credibility, as Island president Jerry Blair explained, “We went out across the country in major markets and met programmers. People got to see the honest and warm side of Mariah.” Blender magazine’s Craig Marks said of Whitney’s bid for a comeback: “Whitney still scares. America likes a comeback, but America doesn’t like a freak show. We like drama with a small `d.'”
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