Simon Cowell Calls “Friday” Song “Genius”

By David Chiu
|  Saturday, Mar 19, 2011  |  Updated 9:19 AM EDT
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Simon Cowell Calls “Friday” Song “Genius”

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: Simon Cowell attends the 38th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton and Towers on November 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Simon Cowell

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At least Simon Cowell likes one thing: Rebecca Black's controversial song "Friday."

The former "American Idol" judge, who is launching his new program “The X-Factor,” raved about the maligned-song to Entertainment Weekly.

“Love it! “I’ve never seen anything cause so much controversy. I think it’s genius. The fact that everyone’s getting upset about it is hysterical. Any song to do with the weekend annoys you. It reminds me of "Saturday Night," do you remember that [1994] song by Whigfield? It’s what we call a ‘hair-dryer song,’ a song girls sing into their hair dryers as they’re getting ready to go out. But the fact that it’s making people so angry is brilliant.”

Black’s video for the song has been a viral sensation online and the subject of intense dislike from others. She appeared on “Good Morning America” to defend the track. “Even a person who doesn’t like it — it’s going to be stuck in their heads, so that’s the point of it. It’s a catchy song,” she said.

As of today, the video for “Friday” has gotten over 19 million visits on YouTube.

 

Selected Readings: Entertainment Weekly, YouTube

 

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