Simon's Web Idol: TMZ!

1/22/2007 2:04 PM PST

Simon's Web Idol: TMZ!

Any "American Idol" fan will tell you that Simon Cowell is not easy to please. TMZ is doing something right, because the acerbic Brit is a fan.

Our camera spotted Cowell leaving the posh Ivy restaurant yesterday afternoon with girlfriend Terri Seymour. The idol judge had no love for a paparazzo who tried to give him a hat from his agency -- "I am not going to wear a hat!"

But when Simon spotted our cameraman, he turned that frown upsidedown. "I like," he cooed in his British accent.

Does that mean we're on to Hollywood?