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LeAnn Rimes

I Was NOT DRUNK

12/20/2012 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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LeAnn Rimes tells TMZ ... she was NOT drunk when she performed on "X Factor" Wednesday night, contrary to LOTS of speculation.
 
LeAnn says she was in no way impaired, and any awkwardness was because "I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

LeAnn believes Carly Rose Sonenclar was very nervous and had difficulty with some of the notes and she was doing her best to help her get through it. 

LeAnn's lawyer, Larry Stein, who spoke with LeAnn a few minutes ago, tells TMZ "LeAnn was not performing the way she would normally perform, because she was on stage with a young girl."

LeAnn says she does not understand why people believe she was drunk. Stein has a theory:  "There have been a lot of untrue things said by others and it feeds into this sort of thing."

One mystery remains -- we found out LeAnn made a plate of food backstage and spilled it everywhere. Stein told us he didn't know anything about that, but LeAnn insists she was stone cold sober.

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136.

Janeylaur    

That look in Britney's eyes says it all, she recognizes someone under the influence since she's been there herself. Hers was a look of pity for Leeann but more pity for Carly trying to "keep up".

568 days ago
137.

wmp75    

This lady has got to be crazy! I called this last night I said this is so gonna be on TMZ tomorrow saying how bad LeAnn Rimes was and that she was drunk or something. If Carly doesn't win tonight she can thank LeAnn. LeAnn was so bad she couldn't even sign her own song and at one point poor Carly had a look on her face like WTF someone help me, LeAnn had made it a bad performance, at least Carly sang well and try to push through it. Whoever decided to invite that train wrech should feel really bad that they could have screwed Carly's chances of winning up.

568 days ago
138.

smurfya    

She wasnt drunk! She was TANKED!!

568 days ago
139.

YOURNOTONMYLEVEL10    

as if she's gonna blame the 13yo girl for her own trainwreck of a performance. gutless bitch

568 days ago
140.

pc    

There's probably truth in her statement.

It looked more like drugs to me.

568 days ago
141.

tleeg    

Lush

568 days ago
142.

Maria    

This was horrible! But I find it strange how this amazing 13 year old girl who has nailed it every week, suddenly would need help from someone like LeAnn who's been a mess for years, and just came out of rehab. Seriously LeAnn, that is s*hitty behaviour towards that talented girl you sang with. Maybe if she started taking some responsibility for her own actions, she would feel better about herself. At the moment her actions screams emotional unstable personality disorder. (LeAnn, I mean). Carly sounded amazing as always, it was LeAnn that sounded horrible,

568 days ago
143.

Lhcb0652    

Carly Rose was brilliant. What kind of ******* is LeAnn. I used to really like her, but last night she looked bad and sang worse and now she says it was because Carly Rose was having trouble with the song. P-l-e-a-s-e

568 days ago
144.

Darien    

I didnt hear Carly have ANY issue with the song, but I heard Leann having a real tough time, stumbling and trying to out sing this 13 yr old girl who is obviously a better vocalist.

568 days ago
145.

poopydoop    

Leann is a coward...she has some balls to blame Carly (who clearly had to tone down her usual fire cracker voice so she wouldn't out power leann). Carly always delivers whether the song is in her "zone" or not. And from what I witnessed, Carly wasn't the one wobbling in place and either forgetting words or not singing in time. Makes me wonder if Leann even paid attention during soundcheck. That song is pudding and easy for Carly compared to some of the other stuff she's sang with ease.

568 days ago
146.

Jordan    

This is a classic case of PR people lying for their client. I think only hollywood magazines and websites believe her lame excuse because they need people like her to give lying exclusives.

568 days ago
147.

STFUP    

Homewrecking skank seletor is LYING. She was SO wasted. Perhaps not drunk, but defnitely on something!

568 days ago
148.

Jordan    

This was actually the Producers of XFACTORS fault they should know by know how to spot a drunk or a drug user and all they are interested in is rating. Especially when ratings are failing like XFACTOR.

568 days ago
149.

zzyzx    

Everybody go back and look at Carly's face at about 45 seconds into the video. Her expression speaks volumes about LeAnns singing.

568 days ago
150.

JesusSaves    

Look at those jet black talons on Leann, DAYUM!!!

568 days ago
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