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LeAnn's fans have quickly come to her defense, praising her vocals and appearance on the "X Factor" stage. The recently troubled star looked radiant and certainly happy to be there. "I love this girl so much," she said after the performance, hugging her teen duet partner. "She's such an amazing talent; I want to wrap her up and just hold her!"
Illness is a possible excuse for LeAnn's unusual stage presence. She tweeted Tuesday (Dec. 18) that she was sick with a cold. The singer has also taken to Twitter to defend her "X Factor" performance.
"In my 18 years of performing, I have never been anything but professional onstage," she posted Thursday. "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.'"
Little Big Town also appeared on Wednesday's "X Factor," singing their huge hit, "Pontoon" with another Top 3 finalist, Tate Stevens. Watch their performance here.
The "X Factor" season finale airs tonight (Dec. 20) at 8:00 PM ET on FOX.
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Watch LeAnn & Carly Rose's Duet