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Dolly Parton's Glastonbury set defended by Stephen Fry as fans accuse singer of miming

By Jenn Selby

Not everyone was as impressed with Dolly Parton’s Sunday evening slot at Glastonbury.

The most talked about performance since Saturday night’s epic headlining set by Metallica, the legendary singer/songwriter seemingly attracted more revellers to the Pyramid Stage with her endless slew of classics than any act since the Rolling Stones last year.

Featuring a special live appearance from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Twitter feeds from Worthy Farm were awash with praise for the pint-sized, rhine-stoned legend of country.

Yet reviews from fans watching the singer strut her way through “Nine to Five” and “Jolene” at home were a little less glowing.

Many followers who eagerly tuned into the BBC’s live coverage of the event to catch Parton in action noted the slight time lapse and accused the singer of miming:

@DarrenHamer: I don't know what with Dolly Parton miming and Arjen Robben diving, that's my Sunday ruined I tell you.

@wafflycat: As much as Dolly Parton *is* fabulous, it does look like a bit of miming going on #Glastonbury Or effects of too much plastic surgery?

Enter Stephen Fry who, after describing the singer as one of “very few people on the planet” he admired more, noted the Dolly backlash and quickly leapt to her defence, tweeting: "I think I know quite a lot about how TV is made. Why are people saying @DollyParton is miming? She’s fooling me…"

And he wasn’t alone. Several closet Parton fans came out of the woodwork during her hour-long performance. Find out who they were here.

A representative for Dolly Parton has since rubbished the miming claims as "ridiculous". "She's an amazing singer and stole the whole festival," he added.

Source: Independent

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