Looks like Nicki Minaj has found a fan in Simon Cowell.

In a recent interview with XXLMag.com, former American Idol judge Simon Cowell spoke about his admiration for the Young Money femcee, and how he wishes to work with her in the near future, even though she won’t be judging on X Factor USA.

On the rumors of Nicki judging X Factor he dished:

“We spoke to Nicki actually about a lot of projects. It wasn’t specifically about this, but we were just very interested to meet her. I’m a big fan of hers. So I don’t know if it’s gonna be this show or something in the future, but it was definitely somebody I wanted to meet.”

On Nicki’s success he said:

“Off her own back she’s had a phenomenal year last year and she’s gonna have a phenomenal year this year. She’s very smart, very influential, very bright and along with artists like Jessie J. You can’t ignore them and sooner or later they have to be in our world and we have to be in their world.”

Wow, who would’ve thought Simon would be into rap, let alone Nicki Minaj!

What do you think?