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L.A. Reid says Lady Gaga was the one that got away

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Current X Factor judge L.A. Reid is responsible for launching the careers of such artists as Justin Bieber and Pink, but there was one artist he let go, which left him feeling like he made a big mistake. “This artist came to my office… she played piano, she had on white go-go boots – like, all the way up to here, thigh high boots – she sat down at that piano, she played and she sang," he told told Access Hollywood.  "When she was done, I said, ‘You are an amazing artist, a true star, and you will change music,’ and I signed her. Her name was Lady Gaga." Reid says, however, that once he listened to her other demos he started to rethink his decision. "Then, a few months later, I got her demos, and it was a work in progress, and I was having a bad day. I'm telling you, I was having a bad day," he continued. "And I said, 'You know what? I really don't like it. Let her have her freedom, let her go find her career.' It was the worst thing I've ever done."  He says he redeemed himself with Justin Bieber, but he still finds himself a bit jealous.  "I felt bad, but I swear to you, like a month later Justin Bieber came and redeemed me, so, you know, I survived it all," he said. "But I'm a little bit jealous, because the Twitter following, for example, the biggest ones are Bieber and Lady Gaga, so I would have felt like the king of the world! Instead I felt like half the king."