Kanye West decided to surprise the American Idol judges with an audition as a fake contestant Saturday, just hours after he performed for President Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco.
Auditions for the final season of the talent competition were held in the Bay Area this weekend, Kanye stunned judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and host Ryan Seacrest by walking in and singing an a cappella version of his big 2005 hit Gold Digger. Kim Kardashian was the first to break the news of her husband’s stunt by posting a photo of Kanye trying to make it to Hollywood on her Instagram feed with the caption, “SURPRISE!”
Later, Seacrest revealed a photo of Kanye with his Golden Ticket to Hollywood, which would advance him in the competition. It’s unclear whether Kanye will pull another prank and show up in Hollywood, but he it’s likely that his full audition will air on the final upcoming season of Idol, which premieres in January.
The show announced in May that it will not be renewed following its 15th season, according to Rolling Stone. The show that brought Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry into the spotlight did promise a “season-long celebratory event.”
The same day Kanye made an impromptu appearance on Idol, Obama gave him some advice–during the Democratic National Committee fundraiser Kanye performed at–on his potential 2020 presidential campaign : “Couldn’t get any stranger, but in case Kanye’s serious about this whole POTUS thing or, as he calls it, Peezy, I do have advice for him,” Obama said. “First of all, you’ve got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show. You’ve got to be cool with that. Second, saying that you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy? That’s what’s known as off-message in politics. You can’t say something like that. And number three, do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago [with a] funny name?”
The 38-year-old rapper announced that he was interested in running for president during an acceptance speech at the VMA’s this year. And the buzz over it all hasn’t stopped. Everyone has something to say, even President Obama!