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Simon Cowell's Mouth

Says LeAnn was Sober,

Face Says Otherwise

12/21/2012 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

122112_simon_cowell_launchSimon Cowell -- who normally says exactly what's on his mind -- was holding back BIG TIME on the subject of LeAnn Rimes last night ... 'cause while he insisted the singer was sober, he DEFINITELY couldn't say it with a straight face.

Simon was outside Mixology at The Grove in L.A. last night, when we asked about LeAnn's bizarre duet with Carly Rose Sonenclar on "X Factor" this week ... the one that left people thinking she was hammered.

Simon told us he thought the performance was "interesting" ... and he didn't believe LeAnn was on drugs or alcohol at the time. Buuut ... the giant poop-eating grin on his face makes it hard to believe the words that were coming out of his mouth.

Still, Simon says ... LeAnn is welcome back to the show any time she wants.

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1.

Kelly    

I'm surprised his botoxed face could say anything at all.

641 days ago
2.

Laura    

Of course he would welcome her back--she's great publicity! She's my new, most amusing train wreck!

641 days ago
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naughtygurltabby    

I honestly don't see anything wrong with LeeAnn's performance.

641 days ago
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heidi4498    

Plastic surgery.....botox.....or both? I can't tell anymore?

641 days ago
5.

Berserk    

Simon Cowell's body is way too small for that gigantic head of his.

641 days ago
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ғυтυяεм ♀    

There was definitely something odd about her behavior, and Simons head is shaped like a thumb print.

641 days ago
7.

bb    

If she WASN'T just hammered, and actually, in all sober seriousness just shoved a 13 year old X-factor hopeful to the side so that she could go yodelling and screaming out into the spotlight - then that looks even WORSE. Either way, what a nasty douchette.

641 days ago
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jherb    

Its like watching a train wreck. The contestant didn't know what to do with Rimes. Her face during the song told the story. She was better than the "pro"

641 days ago
9.

Meanie    

Lesson: do not become a child star unless you have a good family grounding. I hope for Carly, her future is bright and she saw what fame can do to you, if you're not careful.

641 days ago
10.

Home Skillet    

I don't feel like he was hiding anything, but Rimes was liquored up. I would put money on Simon playing the, "Ignorance is bliss" card.

641 days ago
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Shar    

It was obvious when he said the word "interesting" = what everyone says when they don't want to tell you what they really think.

641 days ago
12.

svt    

How do you explain back stage where she staggered and couldn't stand still? To top it off she made a plate of food and was dropping shi* everywhere. Real constipated perhaps or nipping at ol grand dads elixir? Hu?

641 days ago
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joeygirl45    

Brittney's face said it all.... it was like she was having a flashback to her own meltdown. Not sure what's up with Lee Ann but something was definitley wrong. That poor little girl, she had a beautiful voice and the "professional" singer, dashed her dreams of winning.

641 days ago
14.

Donnalynn    

FIRST OF ALL SHE COST THIS CHILD A TITLE....LEANN IS A MAN STEALING IGNORANT ASS DEPRESSED CRYING JEALOUS FOOL.HER AND EDDIE DESERVE EACH OTHER.

641 days ago
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Amy    

Aren't we ready for something new? Really, hasn't this been talked about enough? Next!!

641 days ago
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