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LeAnn Rimes Claims She Wasn’t Drunk During “X Factor USA” Performance

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The final three X Factor USA contestants had the pleasure of performing with special celebrity guests on last night’s (December 19) live finals. But unfortunately for Carly Rose Sonenclar, Britney Spears‘ last teen singer, it’s hard to say it was one.

Sonenclar was joined by country/pop singer LeAnn Rimes for a performance of her song “How Do I Live.” As Rimes took the stage, the internet quickly exploded with viewers saying the singer appeared high or drunk. Rimes, clearly offended by the accusations, reportedly told TMZ that 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 later followed up with a response to the chatter on Twitter, saying: “In my 18 years of performing, I have never been anything but professional onstage. It is a shame that gossip and lies are overshadowing the performance of Carly, a very talented young girl. And while I have not given any media outlet a quote, if you want one, here it is ‘It was an amazing opportunity to share this experience with Carly and I know I’ll be watching for her to win tonight.'”

No matter what the problem was, it was not a flattering performance for the singer. Rimes sang both ahead of and behind the beat and tried to overshadow Carly Rose at times during the performance. Watch it below.

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  1. Really? So LR said the awkwardness was due to her effort to help CRS who had some problem with the song? LOL. What kind of excuse was that? What we saw was the other way around. CRS had no problem at all, she was fine, confidence with the song. Come on LR, you were weird that night. LR didn’t really help CRS it seemed to me like instead of helping her, she tried to take the attention from CRS. LR looked like she competed with CRS. As talented as she is, LR has to admit that she was awkward and didn’t prerform well. She could say anything she wanted to say but, she was looked like drunk or wasted. Sorry! NEXT!

  2. Shanellica Bettincourt says:

    LeAnn’s poor excuse for coming out on national tv drunk and sounding like hell sounds ALOT like Anna Nicole Smith’s excuse when she showed up at that awards show wasted / fucked up and claimed that it was the telepromter’s fault…

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