We are now a full 12 hours after the end results were announced on “The X Factor” USA, but there are still a number of questions that remain … with the primary one being whether or not Carly Rose Sonenclar was actually damaged in some way by her now-infamous duet with LeAnn Rimes, and the tabloid aftermath that came along with it.
Before diving too deep here, let’s try to lay the groundwork. After the performance itself happened on Wednesday night, Rimes (at least through her rep) suggested to TMZ that she was trying to help out a 13-year old girl in Carly who was “struggling with the song.” However, she later blasted this statement later, saying that she has not spoken with anyone and the only thing she had to say was that she wishes nothing but the best for her duet partner. TMZ’s head honcho Harvey Levin came on his live show moments after this new statement was released, verifying that he personally spoke with Rimes’ rep, and the first comment from the singer was something that they were told could be used on the website.
So where does this bring Carly Rose now? To the inevitable question in the title. As bad as the performance was, we actually do not feel as though it hurt her in the voting at all. Instead, this may have actually helped her to secure some more support from the voting public out of sympathy, since it was clear that she was doing a pretty good job with the song before Rimes even came out. The biggest obstacle that really stood in her was of winning was merely a country singer who had the whole “dad taking care of his family” story that helped Jermaine Paul and Javier Colon on the first two seasons of “The Voice.”
Do you think that LeAnn in any way actually cost Carly the “X Factor” title? We want to hear some of your thoughts below, and you can also read our full review of the finale over here.