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LeAnn Rimes


12/20/2012 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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I can't believe LeAnn has the nerve to blame a 13 year old girl for her horrible performance. Take responsibility for your own actions LeAnn.

669 days ago


What, Leann being dishonest? No way.

669 days ago


what a lie if i ever heard one.. really do you think that we are that dumb out here.. u r a fool really a bad drunk or high fool. cause you looked high and you sounded drunk.. and to think that you probley killed that little girls chance of winning i know that more people will hate her then already do hate her.. and you cant blame this on anyone but yourself .. Leann cant blame the kid who by the way sang a lot better then you .. and you can not blame it on Brandi she was watching something totally different.. so this one is on you and you alone.. leann whore..

669 days ago

tori cline    

Uh no. You want to make a young girl feel more comfortable? Than don't do vocal gymnastics while you're on stage. What I saw was that LeAnn was WAY off. While she still sounded good, she wasn't singing the song in it's entirety and that poor girl had to keep up with LeAnn's unpredictable lyrics. I saw this girl trying to hold her own and she did. If you notice, about 1/4 into the song, Carly had this look on her face like, "WTF is this B^&%h doing?!?" And right away she changed the expression on her face once she realized she was showing her annoyance. Carly is truly talented if she could keep up with LeAnn and still sound good. That's really, REALLY hard to do. Unless, LeAnn is just jealous of EVERYONE and was hoping Carly wouldn't keep up and when she did, that's when she gave her that overly-excited, awkward hug. Who knows really but one thing is clear: LeAnn is a mess.

669 days ago


Yea okay team brandy all the way this women stole brandy husband and she still not happy with herself karma a b...h

669 days ago


Leann was a child star. Why did she feel so insecure to out sing terribly that poor Carly?I feel sorry a bit for Leann. So insecure and going down a sad road. Godspeed she finds herself again.We all make mistakes. She can't live with herself on hers.

669 days ago


If Leann is so quick to throw a 13 year old under the bus, what's to say she won't do the same with her stepsons? Take some responsibility, bitch!

669 days ago


Yea go have another vodka at the bar!

669 days ago


Tmz reports "a lot of speculation" so it has got to be true

669 days ago


LeAnn has reached a new low. Blaming a kid for your sucky performance. Real classy LeAnn.

669 days ago


Def watched this performance last night. Carly Rose def couldn't handle that song cos she couldn't hit some of the notes so she sung the song with a different style. It's clear that Leann had to improvise with her. It's called a duet. It would be a diva move if Leann sang differently.

669 days ago


At the very, very least, it seemed like too little rehearsal time for Rimes. Any which way, it was really bad for a pro. It reminds me of the infamous Britney performance. These people are so lucky to have these careers and money - you'd think they'd take it more seriously.

669 days ago


Wow, she use to vibrant and healthy looking. Now she looks like she is struggling with substance Abuse!

669 days ago


She was not drunk she was on pills I gave her 6 30tys before the show for a hand job!

669 days ago


Neither of them sounded really great, but I give major props to a 13 yr old. And it was especially bad for a 30 yr old who has been a pro since 14.

669 days ago
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