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She’s been mocked endlessly on the Internet, but Rebecca Black has a major fan in… Simon Cowell?!?

Yes, the formerly harsh American Idol judge and world famous record producer says he’s a big fan of this 13-year old, who has endured one hateful comment after another from anyone who has listened to the single “Friday.”

Rebecca Black Unplugged

“I love her [and] the fact that she’s gotten so much publicity,” Cowell tells People. “People are so upset about the song, but I think it’s hysterical… I want to meet her. Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that.”

Simon has other business on the mind these days, too: he’s bringing The X Factor to Fox in the fall and will soon be announcing stars to join L.A. Reid on the judges’ table.