It looks like American Idol’s final season will kick off with a celebrity contestant. Kanye West showed up at the show’s Bay Area auditions this weekend, “surprising” the judges with an a cappella version of his hit single “Gold Digger.”
The rapper was seen celebrating with wife Kim Kardashian after receiving the Golden Ticket to Hollywood from host Ryan Seacrest. Whether West will parlay an Idol appearance to win over potential supporters for his 2020 presidential bid remains to be seen.
Watch an excerpt of the audition: