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Glastonbury 2014: Dolly Parton defended by Stephen Fry as fans accuse singer of miming

National treasure wades in on lip syncing debate after the singer's Pyramid Stage performance

Not everyone was as impressed with Dolly Parton’s set as Ed Balls was.

The most talked about performance since last 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.

Reviewed: Dolly Parton At Glastonbury

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:

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:

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.

Video: Dolly Parton talks Glastonbury experience

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.