USA Today is reporting that LA Reid has signed "X-Factor" winner Melanie Amaro to a record deal...and NOT Simon Cowell, her mentor on the show.

LA Reid said in a interview with USA Today, “I joined The X Factor to be able to discover undeniable talent such as Melanie.  I am pleased that she is now signed to Epic Records because I believe we have only scratched the surface on uncovering her talent and her inevitable journey to super-stardom.”

So what does Simon think of this? “We all agreed that Epic would be the right fit for Melanie. L.A. made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to work with her and with his track record, you can’t say no to that.”

Either way you look at it, talent like hers needs to be signed to some label somewhere, and that's all that matters.  Melanie don't care as she said, “I am so excited to start recording my debut album for Epic under the guidance of L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell,” says Melanie, “This is a dream come true for me.”

Congratulations goes out to Melanie!