AMERICAN IDOL: Kanye West shows off his golden ticket. AMERICAN IDOL PREMIERES IN January on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Ima
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It took Kanye West 15 seasons, but he finally got up the courage to audition for American Idol. The show's final run will kick off in January, and its early episodes will feature a surprise appearance from the 2020 presidential candidate.

A brief clip making the rounds shows Yeezy rapping "Gold Digger," the 2005 single that shouts out Jennifer Lopez, the judge sitting straight across from him:

According to a tweet from Kim Kardashian West, the appearance was a "SURPRISE!" (J. Lo's face corroborates that.) On Instagram, Ryan Seacrest said Kanye's heading to Hollywood. So...