LeAnn Rimes claims she wasn't drunk on 'X Factor'
There's been a lot of eyebrow-raising after LeAnn Rimes' awful performance during a duet with a 13-year-old on last Wednesday's X-Factor, leading a lot of people to think she had been on the sauc (LeAnn, not Carly Rose Sonenclar). Not true, said Rimes; It was because she didn't want to upstage a really bad 13-year-old. No, really, go ahead and upstage her, professional singer.
"I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song," Rimes said in response to criticism, TMZ reports, then says LeAnn later denied the quote. She allegedly said she thought Sonenclar was having problems hitting her notes, so she sang poorly to help the girl get through the song. (Watch the performance above.)
"LeAnn was not performing the way she would normally perform, because she was on stage with a young girl," Rimes' lawyer Larry Stein added to TMZ. "There have been a lot of untrue things said by others and it feeds into this sort of thing."
It also feeds into resentment from Carly Rose's family, who are pretty unhappy with Rimes blaming their kid for whatever her problem was. Yeah, what's Carly's problem, not singing well in front of a live television audience without having any prior stage singing experience? The nerve!