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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 don't watch X factor sinse they took Paula off, and added a Kardashian. I won't watch American Idle anymore, because of lousy judges, and what they tried to do to the dawg.

651 days ago


Uh ... from the video it looked like Carly was the only one who remembered the words to the song.

651 days ago

PJ in Texas    

LeAnn ... Haven't you learned anything about the media and websites like this? Never justify anything you know to be untruthful with a comment of any kind. You are only adding gasoline to an already well lit fire. You are a beautiful woman and have a talented voice, just don't ever justify the madness. Still your fan.

651 days ago


I think it's easy to say that LeAnn stole the spotlight. Which she shouldn't have done cause it was Carly's night, but can you fault LeAnn for being the great singer that she is. Classic performance.

651 days ago


Looks like LeAnn & her PR team are trying to do damage control now - just posted on USMagazine site that she performed with Carly 'despite being sick' ... again... not buying it.... if you are so sick, don't come out and ruin a 13 year old's chances. UnProfessional!

651 days ago


good grief people leave this woman alone, TMZ don't you think you have done enough damage with your BS

651 days ago


OK Leanne, we believe you ;)

651 days ago


The only person having issues with the song was Leann! Not sure why she was chosen to even sing with Carly last night, she's washed up!

651 days ago


yeah yeah-not drunk flying scripts and obviously threatened by the young up and coming singer-so she tries sabotage her and throws a knife in her back with this comment-same thing she does to Brandi-Sleez Ann's true color are burning brightly now she is an insecure, jealous, backstabbing skank -that's why she had to steal a husband AND father to try and prove that she isn't the fugly hore that she is and steal some self worth since she apparently has none-between trying to upstage the girl, sabotage her with vocal curve balls and being high on pills SleezAnn really made a complete idiot fool out of herself and the backstabbing conniving comment after just made it worse

651 days ago


Stupid cow, once a good singer, now a train wreck and a liar. Carly was having ZERO problems with that song... it was LeAnn who was the low peg.

651 days ago


You know, I'm worried about this woman... seriously. I know Brandi can be a troublemaking b!tch, but I wouldn't be very comfortable with that girl watching my kids, either. She is a wreck. I don't understand it. She has been in the limelight since she was very small, but she never got used to the attention? I think she DEFINITELY has an eating disorder- and that ****bag of a husband is too dumb and worthless to be of any use helping her straighten out. The plate of food was probably spilled on purpose. She filled the plate b/c she wanted to make people think she eats- then, she dumped it on the floor to have an excuse not to eat it. "Whoopsy". YOu kno, Leann has ALWAYS had a beautiful voice- and she is now even ****ing up her performances? I mean, what was that jerky jump from note to note chaos? That poor young girl was at a loss how to sing with that mess. Leann- you need to get some serious help, for real. I'm really afraid for her. Lindsay is going to last, like her trainwreck parents- f'ing up for a lifetime; but Leann, you know, she seems like she's in big trouble. Brandi, if you're listening- I know you're probably "right" on all your points, but you need to back off of this girl. Remember the nurse in the UK... you don't want to be in the same position as those dj's. Yikes.

651 days ago

Jim in Cali    

Really bad job by Britney/producers to put LeAnn on TV with Carly Rose. Nobody in America likes LeAnn and I bet this costs Carly the X-Factor 5 million prize cause some voters are so turned off by LeAnn. And in typical LeAnn fashion she blames the 13 year old for her just GOD AWFUL performance.

651 days ago


She didn't look drunk, they just BOTH sounded like crap.

651 days ago


The local Beverly Hills waitress was not available to comment on the controversy - because she was giving oral to Eddie.

651 days ago


I have no issue with LeAnn's personal life & hollywood have a long history of entertainers saying & doing the wrong things. . I only take issue with her lack of professionalism and the fact that it could have caused Carly to lose the 1st place spot. Whether she was drunk, high or sick, she was not fit to perform. Have some respect for yourself and for a fellow performer.

651 days ago
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