LA Reid thinks Britney Spears could have been the next Melanie Amaro in her heyday.

Asked by TMZ how Britney would have fared on the show, Reid bought some thinking time respond­ing: "That's a great question."

"Depending on who the judges were…," he continued tent­at­ively. "If I was a judge, she would have won."

Britney seems to have also won LA over in the judging stakes. "Britney, she's doing amazing," he declared. "She gives great com­ment­ary when she watches people perform."

Thanks LA.