In October, Kanye West staged a surprise “American Idol” audition when the singing competition tried out hopefuls in San Francisco. With the 15th and final season of American Idol set to premiere Jan. 6, West’s full audition has been revealed via E!.
“My name is Kanye, I’m from the south side of Chicago,” West says while introducing himself to the judges. “I’m originally a producer. I always wanted to rap and no one really believed in me, so I wanted to try some things out, ya know?”
Wife Kim Kardashian, watching the audition on a monitor alongside Ryan Seacrest, tells the Idol host, “I’m not really nervous because I do really believe in him. I didn’t give any advice on singing, rapping. I just really believe in him.”
Before diving into the audition, West tells the judges — specifically Jennifer Lopez — he chose to perform “Gold Digger” because “it has one of the judges’ names in it.”
Of course, it only took moments for the judges to present Kanye with a golden ticket to Hollywood Week; whether the rapper actually takes part in the next round remains to be seen.
The West audition is just one of the many surprises American Idol is promising in its farewell season, which will both crown a new victor as well as look back at all the talents the series unearthed.