Carly Rose Afterparty: An Interview

After a parade in her honor in Mamaroneck, Carly Rose Sonenclar talked to reporters at Molly Spillane's.


Despite the fact that the temperature dipped below freezing yesterday, friends, family and fans braved the cold to watch X Factor star and Mamaroneck resident Carly Rose Sonenclar led a parade in her honor down Mamaroneck Avenue. 

The teenaged singer already has a growing fan base who refer to themselves as "Carly's Angels" in honor of her almost preternatural singing abilities, which were put to the test on the second season of X Factor.

At a press conference after the parade, Carly said the parade was not something she ever expected to occur.

"I never imagined that, it's amazing," she said. She also received an honorary "key" to the village from Mayor Norman Rosenblum.

Not winning X Factor hasn't kept Carly out of the spotlight though, as many of her fans predicted. She's currently negotiating a contract with Syco Music, a company co-owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music. The contract is expected to be finalized by the end of January, she said.

According to Carly, the coolest part about being on the reality show was, "being able to perform on that stage and being able to meet amazing people."

Her friends from home, however, seemed unsurprised by her rise to the top.

"She's really talented...She's a normal person to me though," said Alison Cohen, 13, who's known Carly since third grade.

Marisa Nakagama, 14, who attends Rye Neck Middle School, said, "I'm definitely not surprised she's gotten so far. I'm really proud of her."

Aliya Glattstein, 14, has known Carly since she was in second grade and remembers when she was cast in Les Miserables on Broadway, said, "Everyone would say 'she's so good'."

She didn't see Carly's loss on X Factor as a deterrant to her career, because "People still want to sign her."

But one of Carly's biggest fans is Kassandra Rivera, 11, who is part of the Starlight Children's Foundation, a charity that grants helps grant wishes to seriously ill children. Carly is closely involved with Starlight as an ambassador.

Asked if she supported Carly during X Factor, Kassandra quickly said, "I voted every day."



Lauren January 28, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Denise, are you from here or somewhere else? Because there are thousands of ways the city wastes money and you choose to single out Carly because you don't like a 13 year old girl. Businesses donated money and put together this parade. Very little taxpayer money involved. They just closed the street and went down the street. That's it. And she had a meet and greet with the press at Molly Spillane's.
Billie Schmaling January 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Denise who cares if it cost the village money I am a tax payer and I am happy the mayor did this its not every day a star comes out of mamaroneck I say way to go carly and thank you mayor you made a lot of people happy to see carly my two granddaughters are so happy you put a big smile o n there faces and a lot of others also thanks again mayor and carly @!
KeiFab January 29, 2013 at 01:03 AM
- Carly brings a positive light to the community and the world. The parade is not only showcasing a real star from Mamoroneck, it will introduce the world to Carly's hometown. I am from the West Coast and had never hear of the place until Carly helped shine a light on it. Her fans will want to come to visit the village, thus bringing in revenues and helping everyone, including the taxpayers. Thanks to the Mayor and of course to Carly.
mike January 29, 2013 at 04:52 AM
I live in Ardsley and I brought my daughter to the Parade. She is still talking about it. True I did not pay for pleasure of going to a parade but I totally feel it was worth it. This also gave good press to the town, considering that during the whole competition they said she was from the town of Westchester.
SHEAR ART STUDIO January 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM
I thought Carly did an amazing job on the X factor and totally deserved the parade and more!
franko maresca February 03, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I love it when they call me big poppa


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