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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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Ram1313    

She sounded like sh$ttttt ...... And wants to blame it on the poor little girl. SMH ......

641 days ago
242.

serbian    

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641 days ago
243.

HH    

I'm a big LeAnn Rimes fan, but she was clearly impaired on stage. I don't believe her odd performance had anything to do with Carly not winning though, Tate was destined to win. Carly will still be a star.

641 days ago
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jake jake    

Ya'll need to chill. Just becuse Rimes didn't perform like she can and normally does you all are acting like judge and jury. The kid did a great job and Rimes screwed up. You it has been a long time since she performed in public. Give it a rest.

641 days ago
245.

jen    

That's completely unprofessional for LeAnn to blame the other singer for her own bad performance. As usual LeAnn is all about herself.

640 days ago
246.

cassie    

she SUCKS really you are going to sing on stage with a lil girl and **** up GET HELP DAMM THEN GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER DRUNK.....

640 days ago
247.

wow    

amen gary amen to that.. LeAnn is a freak and that poor little girl got the shaft because of Leann.. leann needs to own up to her own crap and the fact that did this to that little girl.. not throw her under the bus.. she is hated more because of what she has done..

640 days ago
248.

wow    

she was not drunk i guess i am peter pan ,,,, and Elvis is still alive.. did you know..leann is a high on something ..

640 days ago
249.

Sandra     

LeAnn presented like a freak and sang poorly!!

640 days ago
250.

Sandra     

LeAnn presented like a freak and sang poorly!!

640 days ago
251.

jen    

She just naturally sucks then.lol

640 days ago
252.

Denise Krivitsky    

Lee Ann....you reap what you sow. Go get help.

640 days ago
253.

frankie    

no kidding u werent DRUNK u skanky hoe!!!! from 1 time addicted crack head 2 another U were smokin crack N should be ashamed of yourself 2 *** on stage wit a beautiful young girl & destroy her shot at winning a $5 million recording ****ract! why dont u give her the $5 U took from her hands and if u do that maybe people will actual start buying ur music again and U should definitley get the help if your that bad of a CRACK HOE! i kicked my habbit almost 20 yrs clean now all on my own so take the first step rimes u really R in need of serious HELP!!!!

640 days ago
254.

dsafdf    

I think everyone is hating on leanne rimes because of her personal life but I think she did fine here, only problem was she was taking the spotlight, and carly was not that great of a singer, but leanne should only be supporting singer and let carly take the spotlight.

Shes not drunk! Ignorant people judging her based on her affair.

639 days ago
255.

TJ    

Carly did not have the problem it was LeAnn, Carly never once had a problem hitting any note but why would XFactor put them two together, she could have sung with Celine or anyone else other than LeAnn and Carly isn't even country. Surely Carly has a better idol than that.

633 days ago
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