January 5, 2016


Watch Kanye West's Whole 'American Idol' Audition

A couple months ago we got a glimpse at a very weird thing: Kanye West evidently auditioned for the final season of American Idol. Now the actual audition clip proves it's really real. Or at least that he did go through the audition process—who knows if that gold "you're going to Hollywood!!" ticket actually means something or is just a trinket for the mantle.

In the official clip, Kanye introduces himself to the judges like he's any other unknown Idol hopeful (free segue for a mean comment, haters!) before rocking a censored, 45-second rendition of the 2005 single "Gold Digger," which name-checks both Usher and the woman sitting across from him, Jennifer Lopez. This year J.Lo is accompanied by her co-judges for the past few seasons, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.

For American Idol's final run, Ryan Seacrest has promised that original judges Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul will return in some capacity. Season 15 premieres on Jan. 6.