Simp­son drops Dolly num­ber

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Jes­sica Simp­son ( pic­tured) has pulled her per­for­mance from a TV show pay­ing trib­ute to coun­try west­ern leg­end Dolly Par­ton, say­ing she was not sat­is­fied with it. Simp­son drew un­wanted at­ten­tion ear­lier this month when she flubbed the words to Par­ton’s song,

grew flus­tered and fled the stage dur­ing a tap­ing of the an­nual Kennedy Cen­tre Hon­ours show. Pro­duc­ers gave her a sec­ond chance at the song but af­ter Simp­son saw a tape of the show, she re­quested the sec­ond at­tempt be pulled from the pro­gram, which airs on De­cem­ber 26 in the US. ‘‘Jes­sica re­ally wasn’t happy with her per­for­mance and she had wanted it to be per­fect for Dolly, who she idolises,’’ said spokes­woman Cindi Berger. Be­sides Par­ton, the trib­ute show hon­ours Andrew Lloyd Web­ber, Zu­bin Me­hta, Smokey Robin­son and Steven Spiel­berg. ‘‘We ap­pre­ci­ate the time and en­ergy Ms Simp­son put into this event and re­spect the high stan­dards she has for her­self and the Kennedy Cen­tre Hon­ours,’’ said Ge­orge Stevens, show pro­ducer.

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