As thousands of Americans are auditioning for the new series of the X Factor USA, judge L.A. Reid has claimed that his fellow judge Britney Spears would have won the show if it was on during the 1990s.
Britney soared to superstardom aged 17 with her single, 'Hit Me Baby One More Time' in 1998 and a succession of hits continued after.
Asked if Britney, who along with Demi Lovato replaced Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, could have won the show, L.A. told TMZ that "it would depend on who the judges were", before adding that if he was a judge, she would have won.
The judge said: "If I was a judge, she would have won."
Complimenting Britney on her role, the music mogul said: "Britney is doing amazing. She's a lot of fun."
Since starting the show, Britney has been plagued by reports that she hasn't been able to cope, with the latest suggesting that Simon Cowell is worried about the star.
Following the reports that Britney walked out of the auditions in Kansas, the Mirror reports a source saying: "It’s embarrassing to have an empty seat on the panel in filming sessions as the footage is almost totally wasted. If a great singer appears and producers want to use the audition, you have to tell viewers why Britney wasn’t there. That’s not easy.
“Britney is getting £10million to appear and it could be the biggest gamble Simon has ever made.”
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