Danny Fields, the legendary Warhol-era underground scenester and record business executive who signed Nico to Elektra Records said of Starlite's performance, 'It's not an imitation, it's a rediscovery of Nico." He added, "I love what she does. She's wonderful."
Frank DiGiacomo, writing in his New York Daily News Gatecrasher column called the Chelsea Mädchen "a wonderfully wry one-woman homage" and went on to guest star as the inquisitive on stage journalist at last week's HOWL! Festival performance of Chelsea Mädchen.
Veteran MTV News anchor Kurt Loder who performed the same role at an earlier performance commented, "The show’s extraordinary: a Nico tribute--so unexpected! But Tammy Faye’s a fine singer, and she really nails Nico’s deadpan/narcotized delivery, and the dialogue, lifted straight from old Nico interviews, is very funny."
Robert Christgau, "the dean of American rock critics," writing for MSN Music in a piece under the headline "The Velvet Underground's resident femme fatale, reincarnated onstage" urged that "Anyone who knows [the album] 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' knows enough about Nico to drop in.. and learn some more." He went on to cite Starlite as "a performance artist [with the ability to] slip into someone else's skin."
Larry Jaffe, like Fricke and Loder, had actually seen Nico in performance. In Rock's Back Pages, he wrote, "Tammy Faye unleashes physical comedy worthy of Lucille Ball-meets Tonya Harding. At the gig I witnessed, she sat like Rasputin behind her harmonium. I remember the band cooking on “I’m Waiting For My Man,” thinking to myself that was the closest I’d get to a live experience of Velvet Underground & Nico, . Nico live was bewitching, and I’ll never forget it – much like Chelsea Mädchen.
HITS Magazine's "Beats Me" columnist Roy Trakin wrote, "Starlite is like Lady Gaga, if Stephanie was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by liberal Jewish parents and studied at yeshiva. Starlite is Nico in perfectly coiffed frosted blonde-hair, blackened eyeliner and gravelly Germanic drawl, launching an eerily note-perfect rendition of “Femme Fatale.”
For her role as Nico in Chelsea Mädchen singer/performance artist/bandleader Starlite abandoned her preternaturally godly country star character whose set list has included “Misguided Magdalene,” “God Has Lodged a Tenant in My Uterus,” "Ride The Cotton Pony" and the classic “Did I Shave My Vagina For This?”