Watch Kanye West’s American Idol Audition


When rumours started spreading last October that Kanye West surprised American Idol judges by auditioning for the long running series, fans started clamoring for the footage. Well, thankfully the wait is over as American Idol uploaded the clip Monday night to their Youtube channel.

Yeezy walked into his audition and gave a brief introduction to judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. “My name is Kanye,” he said. “I’m from the south side of Chicago … originally a producer. I always wanted to rap and nobody really believed in me.” He then said that the song he was going to sing “has one of the judges’ names in it” before launching into the 2005 hit Gold Digger.

The judges could hardly contain their laughter at the performance, especially with the Lopez name drop in the expletive-laced song. And in case you were wondering, in the end West got his Golden Ticket to Hollywood.

Clips were also shown of West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, standing outside the room with the host Ryan Seacrest, cheering for her husband.


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