American Idol got an unexpected boost of star power when Kanye West surprised the judges by showing up to audition in San Francisco in October.
“Look who’s going to Hollywood!” host Ryan Seacrest captioned a smiling photo of West, 38, about to give a high-five to wife Kim Kardashian West, following his successful audition (with his own hit song, “Gold Digger,” of course).
“My name is Kanye. I’m from the south side of Chicago. I’m originally a producer,” West tells judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban in the promo below. “I always wanted to rap and no one really believed in me, so I wanted to try some things out, you know?”
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And just all the other Hollywood hopefuls, West walked away with an Idol ticket.