Dolly Parton was at Glastonbury on Sunday, where she drew some of the biggest crowds at the famed British festival. More than 100,000 fans turned out to see her perform at the festival's Pyramid Stage. While fans could see Parton was on stage, there is some debate if she was really live.
During her hour-plus set that included such classic hits as "9 to 5" and "Jolene," some viewers took to Twitter to question if the country queen was really performing live.
Dolly Parton is miming the singing and playing instruments too. Shameful #glastonbury
— evelyn pook (@Evelyn_Pook) June 29, 2014
You can't really blame Dolly Parton for miming anyway, she's always been very clear about her working hours. — innocent drinks (@innocentdrinks) June 29, 2014
Dolly Parton miming is pretty crap too! Nobody should be performing on the main stage of #Glastonbury if they can't sing their songs live!
— Marty TBC (@martytbc) June 29, 2014
However, Parton's representatives responded to the allegations, telling the Sunday Mirror, "She sings live. Some people don't know an amazing singer when they hear one." Comedian Stephen Fry jumped into the Twitter fray to also defend Parton. https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/483297279890440192
Believe me, that is not miming. If it appears not always to lip-sync that’s an HD live processor issue. You see it with news reporters.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 29, 2014
Other less famous Twitter users concurred. https://twitter.com/DT6biz/status/483304580437250048
Dolly Parton isn't miming at Glastonbury; there's a delay on the audio which puts it out of sync. You can see it when she's speaking too. — Mike (@DT6biz) June 29, 2014
People saying Dolly Parton's miming but you can hear her out of breath so don't think so...
— Liz Woods (@elizawoods) June 29, 2014
The 68-year-old legend appeared on stage dressed in a white, rhinestone-studded outfit and seemed genuinely thrilled to be there. She said it was "such an honor and such a thrill to be here at Glastonbury Festival. I've been waiting a lifetime for this and of course we want all of you to have the best time."
She also had a special guest. Estranged Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who has still yet to rejoin his longtime pal's namesake band, found a new vocalist in Parton, who did a version of the band's 1989 hit "Lay Your Hands on Me."