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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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31.

Nix    

Oh Leann, you're just making it worse. If I were you, I'd be trying my damndest to convince everyone I WAS drunk!

638 days ago
32.

CyndiChainsaW    

Just watched the video. The little girl is cute. There were moments though where it looked like she was trying to keep a calm face, otherwise... It was a bit wtf. But, what can you expect anymore.

638 days ago
33.

lily    

I don't think SHE had any trouble. You were the one who couldn't sing the song.

638 days ago
34.

w    

did she really try to pass the buck to a little girl?

638 days ago
35.

Kelly    

I guess it's hard to be in a good mood when you've got diarrhea all the time.

638 days ago
36.

TJ    

Sorry... sounded to me like LeAnn was the one having trouble with the song.

638 days ago
37.

SCANDAL    

Obviously they did not practice together. And maybe this song shouldn't be sung a a duet. As for the cheating homewrecker comments..Brandi herself has accused Eddie of being the cheater with many women. LeAnn did not steal him. He was already over the marriage well before he met her. LeAnn landed in the middle of these two and dysfunction. I think this has become a stepping stone for Brandi to stay relevant and should have stopped being NEWS so long ago.

638 days ago
38.

go home!    

I can't believe she blamed HER horrible performance on Carly Rose. How DARE she!!! Carly sounded great, LeAnn sounded horrible. What a stupid whore. Go back to tweehab, bitch!

638 days ago
39.

monie roche    

oh by the way, if that sweet 13 year-old was nervous, it was because she had to deal with a seasoned performer (leann)being drunk on the job...poor kid...
and leann, if you think for one moment that anyone is going to believe that you were nervous, you are full of it...yeah, full of alcohol...
now we get to watch two of celebutramps go down...

638 days ago
40.

Angela    

No LeAnn, don't you dare blame your awkward and terrible performance on Carly Rose! She was the one who looked professional and sang great. Maybe you need to watch it again. You will see WHOSE voice was all over the place, missing notes, staggering, and forgetting words. Addicts always put the blame on everyone else!!

638 days ago
41.

monie roche    

she's got to be kidding...that skank will sue the pants off anyone who says anything against her...so how come her lawyer isn't doing the usual threat...because she WAS drunk...i don't know who is worse: this skaggy broad or lielow the other skank...but thank you tmz for keeping us amused...

638 days ago
42.

Carl    

Real classy LeAnn, blaming it on the girl.

638 days ago
43.

gretchgirl    

The only reason that little girl had problems with your song is because you were singing off key many times throughout the song. She tripped coming on stage right in the beginning and sounded like crap the whole time. That little girl, being the awesome person she is, tried to make this drunk feel better about herself by telling her at the end that she made her feel more comfortable on the stage.

638 days ago
44.

SusanCoyote    

You old bitter whore! What kind of person says such things about a 13yr old? She's nutz! The winner sang live on that Kelly and the guy who can't speak English show and that chick can't sing at all. This whole show looks like a train wreck. Britney judging singers? It's like Tebow teaching sex education.

638 days ago
45.

caro    

.....what?? "13 year old girl who was having trouble with the song? again....what?? idk what the hell she's taking but it must be working if she truly believes her own bag of BS. honey, get over yourself, carly out sung your own song.

638 days ago
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