Rebecca Black can wipe away her tears.
“I love her [and] the fact that she’s gotten so much publicity,” the X Factor creator, 51, told PEOPLE on Friday. “People are so upset about the song, but I think it’s hysterical.”
So how big a fan is Cowell?
“I want to meet her,” he says. “Anyone who can create this much controversy within a week, I want to meet. I love people like that.”
The X Factor, which is set to premiere on Fox in the U.S. in the fall – the first announced judge is Antonio “L.A.” Reid – is holding auditions in Miami, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. There’s a $5 million recording contract up for grabs for the winner of the show.