Simon Cowell Defends LeAnn Rimes' 'Interesting' X Factor USA Performance

The media mogul doesn't believe the singer was drunk during her duet with Carly Rose Sonenclar

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Last week saw LeAnn Rimes take to the X Factor USA stage to perform her hit 'How Do I Live' with finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar.

Despite impressing the judges with their performance, it didn't take long for the audience at home to question LeAnn's duet with reports later suggesting that the star was drunk when she took to the stage.

Hitting back at the claims, LeAnn later took to her Twitter to explain:

"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.'"

LeAnn took to the stage last week (WENN)

Defending LeAnn against the claims put forward last week, TMZ now reports media mogul and X Factor boss Simon Cowell as describing her performance with Carly as "interesting", adding:

"No, I think she was just happy... LeAnn's welcome any time."

In other X Factor USA news, it has been reported that Khloe Kardashian could be making a return to the show next year. A source told HollywoodLife:

"[The X Factor] just ended and she’s taking a break right now from it all. It’s the holidays — she’s just glad to be home with Lamar and take a load off for a minute. You know, take some time to be with the family and just kick back.

"She liked it [hosting]. I could tell she was nervous this season, hosting the show, but I thought she did all right. It isn’t up to me or her if she comes back for another season — that’s up to big Simon.

"He likes her, but you know with that guy — it’s all about money and ratings. [Khloe] and Simon go way back and even if she didn’t put up the numbers this time, he’ll give her another shot.”

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