LeAnn Rimes covers Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You”: love it or hate it?

These photos are hilariously labeled “LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian make their way through the LAX airport in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2012 after attending the Grammy awards last night.” First of all, I don’t think she went to the Grammys – there were no photos of her anywhere. But the funny part? That’s not Eddie. That’s just some random dude, probably LeAnn’s assistant or hair stylist or something. How funny is it that photographers just see LeAnn with a dude and they’re like, “That’s her husband, whatever.” Everyone has forgotten what Eddie Cibrian looks like. That’s the power of LeAnn’s face. She overwhelms whoever she’s standing next too. All you can see is… SQUINT.

(Oh, I just saw these photos – Eddie was at the airport too! So he was around, he’s just not the random dude in our photos. They‘re all going somewhere special for Valentine‘s Day… LeAnn, Eddie and the random dude.)

Anyway, LeAnn was playing a show in Reno over the weekend when she heard about Whitney Houston’s death. So of course, she sang “I Will Always Love You” at her concert. There’s video:

I hate to admit it, but I don’t hate LeAnn’s version. Honestly. She does have a nice voice, and she hits all of the notes. The part I can’t stand is when LeAnn makes is all about LEANN and has to stop the song because she gets so “emotional.”

PS… She really needs to stop wearing those booties. That style looks horrible on her.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. MitzieMartin says:

    The photo that is 2nd last, yoozers! That is one skinnymalink – her cleavage despite bolt ons look like 5 days old party balloons

  2. Tierra says:

    Another site was taking bets on which celeb would make Whitney’s death about them and I think we have our winner right here.
    and those shoes are hideous.

  3. brin says:

    She needs to stop wearing those ugly sunglasses too.
    She always makes everything about her.

  4. laylajanelovesgossip says:

    I LIKE it!!!She personally did better than Jennifer Hudson.

  5. Blue says:

    Did she stop eating solids again? Also can one of her “friends” tell her that low cut isn’t for her.

  6. Asli says:

    I refuse to like this rendition because it’s Leann. There. That’s my argument.

  7. aenflex says:

    She can sing. It’s a sad fact, but inarguable. I still don’t like her, tho

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    This post had me laughing hysterically…Even Random Dude looks like he doesn’t wanna be there. I think she has awesome legs… Doesn’t make up for her awful personality though.

  9. JustaGirl says:

    I’m sure she did sing it because of Whitney’s death, but I’ve heard this version of hers for a few years now.

  10. Zigggy says:

    I don’t consider it “Whitney’s” I Will Always Love You… it’s Dolly’s.

  11. Franny says:

    her Kathrine Heigl sunglasses are doing her no favors either.

  12. Kimberly says:

    I dislike her personally, but come on, ya’ll!! The girl has a beautiful voice and can SING. Even if she bolt ons and ugly shoes. That schtick is getting tired now.

  13. Kiyoshigirl says:

    The girl can sing. No matter what else we think about her she does that well…no vocal track…no distracting dance routines…no gang of backup singers, just her talent. Too bad she trashed her personal reputation.

  14. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I don’t care. That was really beautiful and I think I am close to detesting MeMann, and I really try not HATE a celebrity because we don’t know them, but she makes it hard not to.

    I think she sounded a lot better than Jennifer Hudson, AND she made it her own. She always had a beautiful voice. Her talent like BeyShameless can’t be ignored. It’s the other stuff that drives me cazy.
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    Even though I think her tearing up was a little much, I kind of believe it was genuine. It’s clear that even though she as a country singer, Leann did copy some of Whitney’s technique in her early years. She admired her as many do.

    i’m on the fence. The same way I am about that “Aw shucks…ME?” Taylor moment at the Grammys. I am still mad they gave her a standing ovation for her mediocrity on the weekend that a legendary voice passed.

    • Rita says:

      I don’t think the tearing up was genuine at all. Before the show she tweeted that she was bawling uncontrollably at hearing of Whitney’s death.

      Who goes on twitter to announce, not the sadness in the loss of her passing, but says “I’m bawling uncontrollably, right now as I’m tapping these words into my iphone”, shesssh.

      • eileen says:

        I I I I me me me me me meeeeee……..always.

      • TheOriginalVictoria says:

        Oh wow, I didn’t know that.

        Well, that sounds like MeMann, so I guess I take it back.

        She still sang it beautifully.

        Unlike Jennifer who doesn’t understand the word subtly and using proper technique, Leanna at least understands that. Would I want her to sing at the Gammys? No. She’dve made it about her, but she did a bang up job.

      • Kimlee says:

        Not really many celebrities have twitted shit like that when someone died.

        kelly osbourne twitted something simpler when Amy died and they were good friends.

      • ya says:

        I can believe the emotion was genuine – especially because she was singing it on Saturday night – the same evening that Whitney died. So really she must have done it with absolutely no rehearsal/prep.

        Plus the verse where she breaks down is not the belt-out chorus, but where the lyrics go on about I hope life treats you kind, I wish you joy and happiness etc. Stuff that maybe Whitney didn’t have so much of.

        She also did I Have Nothing – it was absolutely amazing – can’t believe the notes she hit.

  15. tiny teacher says:

    I don’t care for her as a human being, but Leann has has a beautiful voice. Her version was piercing.

  16. brin says:

    Eddie is reduced to baggage handler, he must feel so proud.

  17. Linda says:

    LeAnn can;t resist making everythng about her. Her version of “I Will Always Love” doesn’t come close to Jennifer Hudson’s version at the Grammy. Jennifer was simply awesome.

    Everything LeAnn does is colored by her nasty, ugly behavior.

  18. dee says:

    I think she does a great job on the song.
    It’s not easy, and I don’t care about how she looks or if she eats….not my concern…….She’s a singer with good range.

  19. Petunia says:

    Meh. Whitney rocked it better.

  20. kay says:

    It’s Dolly’s song. Always was, always will be, whomever chooses to cover it. She sang it first, and sang it best.
    One of my all time favourite movie moments is when she sings it to Burt Reynolds at the end of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

    • TheOriginalVictoria says:

      Everyone has their own taste.

      To me and me only, Whitney was the best. I like country music, I do, but I identified with Whitney’s version more. I connected it with her vocals and arrangements more. I just did.

      IMO, there is no vocal talent aside from a select few that can match her talents. There is Gladys, Mariah, Chaka, Phyllis, Celine and Debelah Morgan I pick these people because their voice cans do almost anything in terms range and/or genre.

      And above them all with Whitney is Luther Vandross and Prince.

      • kay says:

        It’s not vocal talent, the reason I love Dolly’s version over all.

        It’s the point in the movie, when she sings it after losing everything, and he scoops her up and off they go. It’s the way she looks at him, how she feels it.

        9-5! love love this movie!

        I have “any questions you might have about the way I run this place
        Don’t grip and whine behind my back.
        Just tell me face to face! I’m open-minded, say it all
        Then go upstairs and pack, the door’s that a way” going through my head.
        now I need to watch the movie again.

      • TheOriginalVictoria says:

        @news

        I take offense to that. Whitney’s discography is extraordinary.

        She could do anything with her voice; pop, R&B, Gospel, you name it.

        One Moment in Time, All The Man That I Need, When You Believe, Heartbreak Hotel, Exhale Shoop, same Script, Different Cast. So many more great songs before and after her Star Spangled Banner performance, which no one has ever come close to singing better.

        I agree after the drugs (but not crack because that’s whack) started to take major tolls on her vocals her work was not as good.

        Dolly’s song was meant to be song the way Dolly sang it, and Whitney’s version is meant to be sung the way Whitney sings it.

        I honestly think it’s dishonest when people try to act like Whitney’s version was blah just because it wasn’t her song originally. One man in England played that song all day everyday at full volume for weeks which forced the neighbors to call the cops and complain. Her rendition was stirring and moving. You cannot downplay her talents and the fact HER voice and her voice alone is the reason why so many young girls wanted to sing regardless of their color. She broke color barriers and IWALY only reinforced that notion.

        It was on the charts for like 14 weeks smashing records. No one else did that or could do that. Let’s not belittle one artist to make another one shine. Dolly has her own admirable qualities and I believe both artists respected each other’s work immensely.

        Yes, I stan for the greats: Babs, Whit, Mimi, and Celine! LOL.

    • LoneRanger says:

      Nope, Dolly is over-rated and has a barely passable voice. Whitney made it her song, and no one ever knew from that moment on that Dolly sang it. Dolly became irrelevant as she always has been. She has a career because of tits, because on voice alone she shouldn’t have one. Always was, always will be, Whitney Houston’s song. Undebateable. Period.

      • judyjudy says:

        Did you just say Dolly Parton is overrated? Take that back! Take that back right now!

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is one of my favorite movies!

        @kay, ITA. That song is Dolly’s. She made me love it and I despise country music.

        We all know Dolly will always be relevant. For Christ sakes the woman has her own themepark!

        Anyway, I will spend the rest of my day singing 🎵”Texas has a whorehouse in it, Lord have mercy on our souls…”🎵

      • TheOriginalVictoria says:

        Does Dolly have the best voice in the world? No. But I don’t think her voice is passable. She sings with real conviction and gumption. I loved her Oscar performance of Travelling Thru. I had no interest in seeing that movie, but her performance totally made me reevaluate. She is awesome.

        I love her songwriting skills, and The Beverly Hillbillies and 9 to 5 movies are just classics because of her. If You Ain’t Got Love is played heavily in my house.

      • Dolly has not become irrelevant. Without her, the song would have never existed since she wrote it. Like her or not as a performer, Dolly Parton is a wonderful songwriter.

      • cbear says:

        Dolly has a really unique voice. I can listen to Jolene over and over again.

      • Newtsgal says:

        Have you even listened to Miss Dolly sing the song the way it was meant to to sung.
        http://youtu.be/6j4U66RYzQo

        No disrespect to Whitney but the best song she ever sang was the national anthem back in the 90s. When she had her voice she was great but, she ain’t impressed me at all in the 20 yrs since.

      • No Way says:

        It will always be Dolly’s song, because she wrote it. Even if you don’t think Dolly can sing, which I think means you need your ears cleaned or you are tone deaf, she did write a beautiful song. Whitney and David Foster interpreted this song and made it more amazing. Dolly is amazing because of all of her musical abilities including writing. Whitney’s voice was the best at interpreting a song like no one else.

      • original kate says:

        i think dolly has a pretty voice – clear and sweet, if a tad nasal-y. is she the best singer? no. as good a singer as whitney? no. but whitney and dolly are two very different types of singers. but regardless of whether you like dolly’s voice or not, the woman has written some beautiful songs, many of which have become staples for other singers, besides playing several instruments. she is also an entertaining comedic actress, and personally i find her life story and honesty about herself refreshing.

        “overrated’ seems a rather harsh term for dolly, IMO.

    • REDSLIP says:

      agreed 100%, Dolly’s is way better.

  21. Rita says:

    Typical LeAnn Rimes song. Can’t understand a word of it. Sitting on a stool as usual, no band, and singing someone else’s song….and still I can’t understand a word.

    Stop screaming about how bad she looks in those sunglasses. I want her to keep wearing them and you all know she reads this site.

    btw-The random dude is her hairdresser, Matoe. He takes him with her on vacay. You can see in the top pic that he’s concerning about her hair after working hours on it before they arrived at the airport. It’s been reported that Eddie wants his own private hair dresser as well.

    • cbear says:

      lol. I thought it was just me. I tried watching a few of her recent vids and all I could think was…is this slurring? is she drunk? whaat?? Maybe it’s that her voice has gotten deeper and the veneers are causing some sort of affectation. lol

      As for the tribute, she was taking condolences, to herself, all afternoon, over Whitney. While other celebs were sending condolences to Whitney’s family. Typical narcissistic Leann. It just makes you wonder…does she NOT have friends to talk to to get condolences? Does Eddie not care to comfort her? Is she just really manic that she cries so much over everything? Whitney’s friends, actual friends, can get through a tribute and hold back their tears long enough…but LR is a sobbing mess? DRAMA QUEEN.

    • Sapphire says:

      He’s still random, dude or not. So is that look.

  22. Kimbob says:

    I actually forgot how talented she is. You know w/all her drama…she really is a MENTAL CASE…seriously!

    It’s a shame she’s let (and those around her) have let her mental problems, inferiority complex, & extreme neediness overshadow what could really catapult her to the next level….her talented voice. What a damn shame!

  23. Zelda says:

    She sounds great–No denying that.

    I actually like the booties. Dislike the jacket. Hate the squint.

    And if that IS her hairdresser, he should be trying not to stand next to head, here.

  24. Heather says:

    I forget sometiems that she can actually sing.

    And damn can she sing. Wish she did it instead of whoring on twitter all day.

  25. Michelle says:

    I don’t like her but… where is that jacket from? I love that jacket! (It’s probably well out of my price range but it’s adorable).

  26. Rita says:

    One other thing.

    She performed at the Silver Legacy. Note that there are maybe 2-300 people applauding.

    I know the Legacy well having taken my mother there to see Englebert Humperdink twice where he performed in a basement multipurpose room….the same room LeAnn’s performing in.

  27. Jezi says:

    No one can say she doesn’t have a beautiful voice. It’s just overshadowed by her hideous behavior. She really made Whitney’s death about her. How she knew Whitney and loved Whitney…I…I…I…me…me…me! She did not go to the Grammys this year. In fact I think it was the first time in a long time she didn’t attend. That says a lot.

    On a side note: I have a nice stalker now who had submitted my personal information to a few of Leann’s fans. One’s that detest me btw and they actually got in touch with me and informed me of what this person was doing. So I have to personally thank them for that. We’ve had our differences in the past and have said horrible things about each other but when push came to shove, they really looked out for me.

  28. Maria_Spain says:

    She needs to eat too XD

  29. GoAwayPlease says:

    I don’t understand why she is in the news. For being a homewrecker? All I see is nostrils and no lips. Very much like a chimp. ugh

  30. juicyjackie says:

    I still dont get why everyone HATES her so much?

    • LoneRanger says:

      Read the last couple of articles on here about her, then maybe you’ll understand.

      • Sammi says:

        or better yet, follow her on twitter. She is a passive aggressive, selfish twit who supports people who cyberbully and hatefully obsess over her husband’s ex wife. The only fans she interacts with on the regular are people whose entirely page is made up of brandi glanville bashing which means she supports hateful and hurtful behavior towards the mother of children she claims to love. She is a horrible person whose talent is wasted due to her actions.

      • cbear says:

        And not to mention sharing Brandi’s personal emails and voicemails with her fans, the ones who bash Brandi all the time. It’s soooo gross. Total trailer trash behind the “celebrity.” Ew, and now she is having nightly phone calls with that Drp2u/Stace character?! And they chat about Brandi? Srsly….how strange is that, that she would pick a random twitter fan who bashes Brandi 24/7 and start calling her at night to talk. wtf.

  31. Maggs says:

    Liked Leann version way better than Jennifer Hudson, but still don’t care for Leann at all

  32. NM6804 says:

    Rimes has such a beautiful voice it’s criminal. However, she makes it incredibely hard for people to like her with her crazy selfish behaviour. You almost forget she’s a singer and not some KK loser. Bish has talent.

  33. bk says:

    She’s a delusional mess, but she has an amazing voice.

  34. Jayvee says:

    I don’t think I have ever posted…certainly not in many years. But I have to say that I am amazed at what a good singer LeAnn is. And I went to that YouTube page where LeAnn sings the tribute and noticed she had done another rendition…in 1997 when she was 15! I have never listened to her before…just thought she was a crazy lady…but WOW is she a good singer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shJSKgA7T2c&feature=related

  35. Debra says:

    Eddie looks like a hundred miles of bad road in these pics…

    and random dude is leann’s stylist (wait while I finish laughing) Mateo, who secretly hates her

  36. anne says:

    She has a pig nose and her shoes make her look like she has cow hooves and her legs are skinny like a chicken.

    That’s all I have to say.

  37. Tweakspotter says:

    She’s so ridiculous….

    She should have tried to do it more like Dolly and less like Whittney.

  38. Baylor says:

    Yeah, LeAnn tries to make everything about her. Political events, civil rights movements, other people’s success, other people’s kidnapping attempts, etc. It’a all about her.
    I kinda surprised she hasn’t copied Kristen Bell’s sloth meltdown over something or told a story about how she once did that too. Also surprised she hasn’t made Katy Perry’s divorce or Etta James death about her as well.

  39. kazoo says:

    Is it bad that I do like her legs? Ugh.

    And yes, she should not wear booties. She’s horsey looking and those booties for real look like hooves.

    ETA: She’s always had a beautiful voice, which makes it even more of a shame with how she’s chosen to act in recent years.

  40. mimi says:

    I think she looks fine – maybe a little on the thin side. Shoes are fine, everyone wears them STFU already! And she has one of the best voices, I really like her.

  41. Sloane Wyatt says:

    I liked LeAnn’s version better than Jennifer Hudson’s low voiced rendition of “I Will Always Love You”.

    LeAnn, Brandi, Eddie, whomever, I could care less about all of them. So, they’re all dysfunctional humans, just like the rest of us, except a tad more crazy.

  42. Roger says:

    Really don’t like her but she can sing!

  43. BC says:

    I think it is unfair to compare Jennifer Hudson and Leanne Rimes version of “I will Always Love You”. Jennifer has a totally different voice than Whitney and she knows it. Jennifer is on record saying that Whitney has always been her idol. That is why Whitney personally handed Jennifer her first Grammy she won.
    I think Jennifer Hudson version was heart felt and emotional.(Considering that Whitney was found dead the day before the Grammy’s….and Jennifer had to start practicing the song the day of Whitney death…I think she did great). She knew she could never compare to Whitney. She just wanted to express how much Whitney was going to be missed.

    Dolly wrote and sang “I Will Always Love You” first. She had much success with her version on the Country Charts. But Whitney version was a mega hit and top several music charts and remained at number one on Billboard for weeks. I don’t know if Dolly begrudged Whitney for over taken her song.. she never said. I wonder if Dolly still owns the rights to “I Will Always Love You”? If so Whitney has made her a lot of money.

    • Rita says:

      From a current article on CMT.

      Dolly first heard Whitney’s version in her car and didn’t recognize it’s accapella begining. Dolly said it blew her away.

      Dolly wrote the song to say good-bye to Porter Wagner when she left his television show. Porter told her she was free to go provided he could produce the song. Kevin Costner demanded Whitney sing that song over the doubts of Clive Davis.

      Interesting stuff behind some of these songs, and yes, Dolly still owns the rights to it.

  44. Cindy says:

    I don’t know, it just seems kind of soon. Whitney’s not even buried yet. Whatever else can be said about Jennifer Hudson, she was *asked* to perform that song. She had performed it for Whitney a year or so ago, and Whitney was beaming and seemed to love it.

    I guess it’s just that when there’s a possibility of famewhoring, I can’t give LeAnn the benefit of the doubt anymore.

  45. grace says:

    Are you kidding me people? “Leann has made this about her” – “She broke down and cried during the performance” “Its all about HER” Seriously? Leann sang the song the night WH dies, and did a GREAT job, and all you can say is she has made this about her…Heck, I cried and I didnt even know WH. But I still cried, I thought it was sad. You all look for reason to bash leann. I can see it now, “The world is ending and its all Leanns fault”.

  46. Heidi says:

    I couldn’t finish the vid. No thanks, doesn’t do it for me at all. I’ll keep to Whitney’s version to honor Whitney. Leann did it for display & to draw attention to herself.

  47. seVen says:

    Shes got a great voice and a true talent but her personal f*ck ups really over shadow that sadly.

  48. Kim says:

    She sang it well and seemed truly emotional which is nice to see from someone who is usually quite the robot personality wise.

  49. marie says:

    Great legs! Love the booties and I think she did a great job on the song. Don’t care for her personality though.

  50. Annie says:

    It was alright, nothing special. Should have known Leann would try to grab a slice of the attention.

  51. Dee Cee says:

    Swamp thing was awaken and is searching for a mate?

  52. TaylorB says:

    Not to be a jerk but Leann is starting to look a bit like a sleestak

    [img]http://imageshack.us/f/176/sleestak.jpg/[/img]

  53. Nan209 says:

    Those shoes are hideous. She Seems to like her feet to look like hooves. She needs to stop it. It’s an insult to the eyes.

  54. I Choose Me says:

    I’m meh on Leann she’s a complete non-entity to me but she did a great job with the song. Now I wanna hear Dolly sing it. That would be a fitting tribute and all these other wannabe icons can just sit the hell down!

  55. DetRiotGirl says:

    Wow. I had totally forgotten she can sing like that. Girl has talent! It’s honestly kind of a shame she grew up to be so crazy.

    Does anyone know what her family is like? I know nothing about her background, but I always get a “I grew up with a totally insane stage mom” vibe from Leann. She seems like the type of child/teen star who never got to have any normal childhood moments, and who was probably constantly told to lose weight. I’m not excusing her more disturbing behavior, but I do wonder if her early success might be the root cause of it all.

    As for Leann “making this about her”, meh, I tend to think she was being genuine this time. I think Whitney’s death is a very sad thing for anyone who has ever picked up a mic and aspired to be like her. I know I cried this weekend! So, I’ll give Leann a pass here.

    • Jezi says:

      I think AnnieB knows more than me but from what it seems her mom thinks she was a gift from God since she had difficulty getting pregnant. According to her mom, she was a miracle child. Then the fact that she had such an amazing voice made her think Leann was an angel. Her mom always did whatever Leann wanted her to do. Her father was the more controlled parent. Her father cheated on her mother and “ruined” her family. But why Leann hated her father so much was because he didn’t like her behavior with the boys. There were some rumors going on that she was underage and had an affair with Bryan White. She also started dating Andrew Keegan and wanted to have him tag along with her on tour and have sex on the tour bus. Her dad didn’t like this and tried to enstill rules and that’s when it was WWIII. Leann sued her dad and was caught on tape by her step mom who she hated, claiming she could manipulate the judge by crying. So to this day, she doesn’t really talk much about her father.

    • No Way says:

      Leann really is a psychiatrists dream or retirement plan. Her parents started her performing career at 2, and she was busy singing the national anthem at a lot of Dallas Cowboys game when she was 8, and a ton of other shows during the year. When she was 17, she with the help of her mother who had divorced her father, sued her father and manager for 8 million dollars they said was stolen. They did end up paying her some money, not sure of the amount though as it wasn’t made public. Still hate to be unsympathetic, but with the amount of money she has get over it. Instead of plastic surgery, and she obviously isn’t spending it on food, why doesn’t she find a good therapist, and stop dumping on others.

  56. chloew says:

    Do not like this skank ho, never have, never will
    but dang….she can sing!

  57. Tommy says:

    I loved Jennifer’s version, but I thought this was great too (don’t really know why we’re comparing them, but ok…). I think Leann Rimes probably has a lot of issues as a result of growing up in the industry. But one thing you can’t deny is that she has a voice that can soar into the stratosphere.

  58. Diana says:

    Should we wait for the new concept album — “Whitney and Me” — ??? Mr. Cibrian’s 2nd wife must be hoping that one of the networks will do a special prime time tribute to Whitney Houston in the near future, with Clive Davis in the front row. Surely she will be invited to sing her version of “Ahh will always love you…”, preferably with Eddie Cibrian on stage at her feet. Two careers relaunched on one night! And lemons shall be turned into lemonade. Let us wipe the tears away with our Charisma towels. Let us rise to our feet to cheer the Cibrians, she with her “great” voice and he with his “acting chops.” They alone had the insight to use Whitney Houston’s coffin as a step stool to a new and better plateau of fame.

  59. Jennifer says:

    I don’t care to watch it after knowing what a terrible person she is. I USED to like her singing before knowing how evil she is. Thank God for Whitney, Mariah, Celine, and other great singers who are not selfish and malicious.

    And yeah, the booties and the glasses are atrocious. Her ugliness on the inside is definitely manifesting as an ugliness on the outside.

  60. JJ says:

    Beautiful. It’s truly a shame the voice doesn’t match the personality and character. Same could be said for Whitney, though.

  61. Natasha says:

    Neigh! She’s caught a whiff of the oats in the feeding bag again I see.

  62. Jessica says:

    I HATE saying this but….with the exception of her little emotional breakdown thing…that was (oh god, can’t believe I’m going to say this) beautiful.

  63. Jayna says:

    Really nice rendition, just a simple acoustic version. Jennifer’s was more like Whitney’s and was really wonderful and moving considering she had little time to rehearse it for the show.

    My favorite, even over the brilliant and amazing Whitney’s version, will always be Dolly’s. Something about her version moves me, and I don’t even like any of Dolly’s music. But she rules on this song.

    LeAnn is still too thin. It makes her face look gaunt and much older than her years in her face. Plus the fake take just hardens her features and makes all her features blend in with her hair and skin. I know this was back 12 years ago or so, but a few pounds on her and her naturally pale skin is much more flattering. I remember seeing on her on this and thinking she had grown into a cute young woman.

    Live Billboard awards – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oglueOxXTSQ

    • lil ole me says:

      Leann’s narcissism knows no bounds. Her goal to be back on top in the music biz (& tabloid queen) is going to leave Eddie’s career in the dust.
      She will have him tour w/her, since she is not used to having a hubby w/his own life and career. He will sacrifice his career to focus on hers (since she is the primary money maker). He will soon resent her for this. With Brandi- it seems like she let him have the spotlight & she was content to hang in the background. With his 2nd wife, Leann makes it ALL ABOUT HER. His ego won’t be able to last long this way.
      Her voice is beautiful, but I always found it lacking in personality.
      Actually, a lot of country music fans feel the same. This is why the version of Trisha Yearwood’s “How do I live” was used in the movie “Con Air” and not Leann’s version.

  64. Abby says:

    I was all ready to hate this because I hate Leann’s recent shenanigans. But I forgot that I actually lovelovelove her music. I had “twisted angel” on repeat for a while till I scratched the CD. :-) She has a beautiful voice and always has. I do like this better than jennifer hudson’s version. Can’t believe I said that.

    Sad. I wish she’d just go back to singing and quit being this crazy skinny girl that tweets all the time. I don’t know if I can get over her being a famehoring home wrecker. Might take me a while, or never.

  65. Maritza says:

    She sang beautiful and her tears seemed very sincere. She got choked up on the part of the song where it says, I hope life treats well…even I cried.

  66. TaylorB says:

    For the person who claimed Dolly Parton was only famous because of her boobs…

    “Since moving to Nashville in 1964, Ms. Parton, now 56, has published more than 3,000 of her compositions. Dozens have become hits, not only for her but for singers ranging from Emmylou Harris to Whitney Houston. Ms. Parton has written vivid odes to her hardscrabble childhood in Appalachia (”Coat of Many Colors”); gripping studies in Southern gothic (”Jolene”); feminist anthems (”9 to 5”); and tender ballads (”I Will Always Love You”). Her catalog of original material isn’t just one of the deepest and best in country music; last year, the National Academy of Popular Music deemed it impressive enough to elect Ms. Parton to its Songwriters Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and Bob Dylan.”

    SHE WROTE those songs, she didn’t just sing them for someone else. Give credit where credit is due. She also plays about 8 different instruments including, guitar, piano, banjo, and harmonica.

    • Newtsgal says:

      That and she has consistently been singing those songs for years……
      When was the last time Whitney sang a decent song without making a fool of herself….she wrecked her voice a long time ago.
      How many reports have there been about Dollys drug use and erratic behavior….I’ll tell ya….NONE.
      Because Miss Dolly is a true lady!

  67. Abby says:

    another point–Leann didn’t exactly film herself singing to her webcam and post this on youtube and twitter right? This was a fan in the audience wherever she was singing. Do you still think she planned the whole thing to steal attention? People do covers of other people’s music and tributes all the time.

    ::can’t believe i’m defending her::

    • Jayna says:

      No. On a Whitney Houston memorial thread on a pop board someone posted the LeAnn tribute and it was from another angle in the audience. So different audience members were taping and uploading.

      I agree with your earlier post. I had forgotten how talented LeAnn is because all you see are her in her tabloid bikini photos posing for attention,or tweeting ad nauseum passive agressively, etc. Her antics are truly overshadowing her talent.

      After posting the link above when she was 18 or so, it made me think how much better she used to look even up to when she did the movie with Eddie, which I thought she was cute in. But lately not looking good at all. I thought maybe she was one of those that hit the wall at 29 lookwise. But I realized after looking at another video when she was 24 or 25 she was very cute and that this weight loss has just done her no favors in her face nor her body. She was far sexier before the weight loss. I think her legs look like sticks and her hair is crap from not eating. Here is another link of her in her mid twenties. This past year since she lost so much weight I rarely see a good photo of her anymore. She’s mental telling Chelsey she had baby fat before. She was in fine shape her whole marriage to Dean. Her obsession with Eddie has done her no favors. She needs to put a few pounds on and get a new makeup artist and brighten her face and get rid of that dishwater color hair she’s got going.

      LeAnn before she became obsessively thin:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIUMPG6Punw&feature=related

    • cbear says:

      I think it was more her behavior on Twitter that afternoon, about WH’s death, that people thought was her typical narcissistic self.

  68. Jen says:

    That’s what’s so frustrating about her public shenanigans . . . she is seriously talented and doesn’t need to pull all her crap.

  69. Jana says:

    If I had a face that everyone compared to a horse, I wouldn’t wear booties that made my feet look like hooves.

  70. kim says:

    I love whitney’s remake of I will always love you!!!!!

    I hate Leanne but she did good singing Dolly Parton’s original version of the song.

  71. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    Ugh. These MASSIVE Jackie O sunglasses are super hard to pull off even for the most gorgeous woman let alone this ridiculous, ugly stick figure. She really needs to hire a good stylist to tell her the truth about these sunglasses. And, shes been wearing them everyday for the past six months. Youd think with her money she’d live a little and switch it up a bit?
    The BOOTIES: clippity-clop, clippity-clop,clippity-clop. The cibrians are coming! The cibrians are coming!

  72. Nicole says:

    She sounds amazing and a much better job than Jennifer Hudson did.

  73. Team Six says:

    That is just painful … ladies leave it alone … you can’t touch WH and paying “tribute” to her by massacring her song isn’t the way to do it. Pay tribute by acknowledging no one can touch this song and so don’t.

  74. jjrox says:

    her version gave me chills. I don’t really like her but I do think she did a great job

  75. Gigohead says:

    I swear I reviewed the video a few times before commenting, but where is the big climax where Whitney gives you SHIVERS before she ends the song. Leanne was very sweet, and I do love her voice as I have a few of her songs on my ipod, but this one I will take a polite pass.

  76. gag says:

    OMG the guy on dlisted.com referred to Leann as Lamb Chop amd I almost cried laughing. If you guys dont knkw who Lamb Chop is, just google Lamb Chop puppet images and you will pee yourself. “Leann Chop” – bwahahahahah

  77. Brigitte says:

    She has a beautiful voice; I wish I had her gift. I am starting to think that LeeAnn is getting bullied a little excessively about her looks. I know celebrities put themselves out there for public speculation and commentary, but she is not, imo, ugly at all, and she doesn’t seem to be a terrible person. I am not condoning stealing a married man, there are much better ways to have a relationship, but she shouldn’t be crucified in the public opinion about EVERYTHING. There, I said it. (ducks)

    • Sam says:

      People can get over a couple getting together through an affair. As disgusting as it is, they deserve eachother. People have a hard time getting over Leann’s behavior towards her husband’s ex wife. LynnNChicago has an excellent blog post detailing just how psycho leann and her favorite fan minions are. THAT is why leann is very disliked. her skin and bones and falcor looks notwithstanding.

  78. Adrien says:

    When she was a child she sang this song flawlessly, it gave everyone goosebumps. It was really beautiful. I’ve forgotten that Leann is a talented girl. She should focus on that instead of twittering inane things.

  79. Incognita says:

    I’ll take Jennifer’s version over LeAnn’s any day. Jennifer was able to interpret the lyrics in a way that made you FEEL the heart ache conveyed. Although there is no denying LeAnn has a pretty voice, her rendition reminded me of someone trying in vain to replicate Whitney’s version instead of conveying the essence of the song.

  80. koa k says:

    CAN YOU SAY, DESPERATE ATTEMPT AT FAME-WHORING?! SERIOUSLY, THE WOMAN’S NOT EVEN IN HER GRAVE AND THIS BITCH IS BASICALLY PROMOTING HERSELF BY JUMPING ON THE WHITNEY BANDWAGON. SIMPLY F–KING PATHETIC.

  81. Maria says:

    She’s not covering Whitney’s song. If she sings it, she will be doing a cover of DOLLY PARTON’S song. Dolly wrote it and sang it. When Whitney did it, she was covering Dolly.

    • Jaye says:

      Actually, the distinction is in the arrangement. Whitney’s version is arranged differently than Dolly’s is. Therefore, it’s not a stretch to say that so and so is doing a cover of Whitney’s version of the song. More importantly, saying that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that Dolly Parton wrote the song.

  82. Tammi says:

    Beautiful. I love it when another talented artist makes a tribute to Whitney.

  83. kc says:

    Yeah, she can sing, but who can stand to listen to her. You know when you drank so much that it made you sick? And yeah, it may taste good, but the memory makes it repulsive to you? Or food poisoning from that delicious shrimp? That’s Shoulder Girl, it’s repulsive to listen to, it makes you sick.

  84. skuddles says:

    Knowing MeAnn this was another attempt to exploit an opportunity for attention. Hey look y’all see how great I sing Whitney’s song?? Maybe she should have waited until after the funeral when the family had a little closure? JHud sang this song too of course but that’s because she was ASKED to be part of the tribute.

  85. The Gent says:

    I didn’t watch the video, nor do I have any desire to, but I’ll just bet that it still pisses off DOLLY PARTON when some TWIT identifies “I Will Always Love You” as WHITNEY’S SONG!