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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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226.

mistee    

LeAnn is LeAnn but the smokey eye does not work on her.

616 days ago
227.

Bana67    

Leann was helping Carly?? Get real she threw Carly right off by forgetting lyrics to her own song!! Carly saved her a** as far as I'm concerned. Shame on Leann performing some role mode (NOT) she was a flake on X Factor how sad!!!

616 days ago
228.

gutsygirl    

Sadly, no one dislikes LeAnn more than LeAnn.

616 days ago
229.

Allinekola    

The other chick who sang has way more talent than leAnne . I watched this and laughed. She was impaired by something . What a no talent home wrecker.

616 days ago
230.

Toilethead    

Not drunk, simply insane.

616 days ago
231.

Chipperson    

I'd bet dollars to doughnuts it's painkillers. I bet a ton of starlets get hooked after a few plastic surgeries, and Leann looks like she's had at least a few.

616 days ago
232.

Melinda    

the 13 year old was great

616 days ago
233.

DangerDani666    

They both sucked. However in Leann's defense I'm sure it's confusing trying to sing a re-worked version of a song you know so well. All these singing contest shows do that, cut a verse here & there because they don't have time to sing the whole song..that and the bitch was drunk. Even if you WERE confused about the words, that doesn't explain the weird ass warbeling & stuttering. Little girl was looking at her like "WOAH are you ok?"

616 days ago
234.

Beezy    

LeAnn is the one that sounded like she needed "help" with the song.

616 days ago
235.

Bitch please    

Maybe taking too many laxatives gets het drunk...uhh hmmm

616 days ago
236.

Charles     

mmm "Trying to help her" get a grip anyone that plays knows when you play sing etc. with someone you listen to them.. all you did was just be your selfish self.. thats why its a "duo" idiot not a solo.. Your pathetic best part is .. now the whole world knows your pathetic.. In this circustance saying you were drunk would have been better least you would have had an EXCUSE.

615 days ago
237.

ilovegossip    

If this story is coming from Gavin then I believe it . Gavin was in the know and everything he's been saying has been the truth. Look at the Château bill.... I would believe Gavin over any Lohan any day. Lohan's don't know the truth if it hit them in the face!

615 days ago
238.

DiDi    

She was SO DRUNK almost fell off steps when she started singing! If she is fully grown lady, she wouldn't blame younger lady for her mis-singing! She needs to hide and away from public cause not of us are interested in!!

615 days ago
239.

Denise    

Trying to help the girl, please, she was doing fine on her own, Leann just thinks her **** don't stink and should have supported the young girl and should of been honored that she sang her freakin song.

615 days ago
240.

Melanie    

They both sounded like crap! Come on, people that was a terrible performance by both of them. LeAnn didn't sing it right and it was clear it was a difficult song for Carly as well. That's not why Carly lost though. People loved Tate Stevens, that's it, that's why he won. You don't win or lose a competition like this in the final performances. Everyone's minds are made up prior to the night before the finale. If LeAnn was drunk, oh well, wouldn't be the first time a singer got on stage under the influence but Carly didn't do a good job on that song even before LeAnn walked on stage.

615 days ago
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