Carly Rose Sonenclar’s family implied LeAnn Rimes' poor performance on “The X Factor” Wednesday night sabotaged the 13-year-old singer’s chance at winning on Fox’s reality-television show this season, TMZ reported.
During the final performances, each of the contestants was paired with an established artist to sing a duet.
Sonenclar got coupled with Rimes -- and instead of people talking about how well the young girl sang, they took to social media to discuss whether Rimes was drunk while on “The X Factor” stage.
Their discussions may have some merit, given that Rimes voluntarily entered a 30-day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress this summer, as People magazine reported in August.
Toward the end of the performance Wednesday, it looked as if Rimes first was hanging onto Sonenclar’s arm just to stand up and then was attempting to cover up her stumble by awkwardly hugging the novice singer.
Sonenclar’s mother was clearly unhappy that Rimes said her daughter was "nervous and had trouble hitting the right notes" when singing "How Do I Live," sources told TMZ.
Rimes insisted she was sober during the performance and reportedly said, “I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song.”
Rimes has walked that statement back. She is now claiming she never said it, TMZ reported, even though the celebrity-gossip site maintained that her representative specifically gave it the quote to use.
Sonenclar’s family believe Rimes threw their relative “under the bus” and that it was clear the youngster outperformed the pro -- while doing her own song.
TMZ caught up with Simon Cowell, both the creator and a judge on "The X Factor," the day after the offbeat performance when it questioned him about what he thought of it. "Interesting," he answered with a sly grin.
The news site took things a bit further when it asked the music mogul whether he believed Rimes to be intoxicated during the performance. Cowell said he didn't think Rimes was on alcohol or drugs at the time, but the site suggested he couldn’t say with a straight face.
Although Sonenclar was a fan favorite to win the competition, contestant Tate Stevens beat her during the show's season finale on Thursday night.