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LeAnn Rimes

Flip-Flopping on

'X Factor' Performance

12/20/2012 2:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Someone in LeAnn Rimes' camp is LYING ... because the singer is now saying she never gave a statement to TMZ about her controversial performance on "X Factor."

Here's the deal -- after reports surfaced that LeAnn may have been wasted during her performance with 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, we called Rimes' rep for comment.

The rep gave us a quote that we were told we could put on TMZ.com and attribute to LeAnn Rimes. We were told LeAnn was NOT impaired and if there was any awkwardness it was only because "I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

But moments ago, Rimes posted a message on her Twitter page saying she has NOT given the media a quote -- noting, "It's a shame that gossip and lies are overshadowing the performance of Carly."

She added, "It was an amazing opportunity to share this experience with Carly and I know I'll be watching for her to win tonight." 

Sounds to us like LeAnn is backtracking HARD because she realized what she said and doesn't want to sound like she's dumping on a 13-year-old girl.

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76.

Socalmandie    

HARVEY!!! I know she was drunk! For someone who listened to her for years her voice was WAYYYYY off!!!!!!!

585 days ago
77.

Geeker    

Carly straight up FORGOT the lyrics. Leann looked like she stumbled because of this but caught herself and got back on track. that is all. by the way i hope Carly wins.

585 days ago
78.

Barb    

The girl nailed a Celine Dion song as well as the Aleluia song - I think she can handle a bootsy LeeAnn Rimes song...get a life and some help LeeAnn, for real!

585 days ago
79.

Karls    

Team Brandi :)

585 days ago
80.

stef    

LeAnn, you silly Sleestak...don't you understand you have NO credibility at all? You're a lying, homewrecking Sleestak skank.

585 days ago
81.

Love;-)    

LeAnn u a drunk ass bitch love u Brandi

585 days ago
82.

Hjb    

She's just embarrassed that a 13-year-old sang her own song better than she did.

585 days ago
83.

MYOB    

Anyone want to guess how long till the talentless skank ends up shaving her head and Eddie dumps her for the next trainwreck??

585 days ago
84.

Marc    

Hate to say it but Leanne Rimes performed horribly. Carly Rose struggled in parts but it's the only time all season and it's not a coincidence. Everyone struggles when singing next to someone who's singing out of tune, and really loudly at that. Everyone has an off night, too bad it came on a night so critical for her young singing partner.

585 days ago
85.

bon    

. LeAnn tried and I say tried to upstage Carly and also LeAnn lost her balance at one point in the song. Her comment about Carly after the song was odd too. Something was wrong with her performance, not Carly's.

585 days ago
86.

Really    

Leann is an unhappy person and needs to go away for awhile, regroup and get it together. Then maybe the public can accept her again. This whole thing with her getting divorced, her co star getting divorced and one very messy and public divorce should never have happened. Grow up, respect yourself and then maybe others will respect you too!

585 days ago
87.

brian    

I feel bad for carly I bet she doesn't even know who leann rimes is. They really could have done better better with the guest performer for her.

585 days ago
88.

Jody    

What do you expect a publicist to say? They lie like they breathe.

585 days ago
89.

Jess    

OH4PETESAKE! Why are people even defending her? Of course she is back tracking. I seriously doubt her attorney released that statement without her approval (& anyone who believes otherwise is as delusional as she is). Little did she know it would blow-up in her face so, of course she is back tracking. Her performance and her performance alone was horrible. Either she is on something or she is just plain weird - whatever the reason - it was not her finest moment. Instead of taking the high road, she did, what she always does, go on the defensive and blames others - in this case, she blamed a 13 yr old child. She should be ashamed of herself. If she wonders why people do not like...this is it.

585 days ago
90.

Melinda_O    

It seems to me that the only person having trouble with the song was Leann Rimes. I can't say she was, or wasn't wasted, but she didn't seem to be all there.

585 days ago
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