American Idol has been a staple of reality television competition series for the past 14 years, but now, after making so many musicians rich and famous (2? 3?) it’s finally wrapping up with its final season. And the judges have maybe found their most competent artist yet: Kanye!
Yes, Kanye West’s full audition is finally here, after being teased for months on entertainment sites and television shows. (Somebody, tell me, what is the difference between Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and everything on E!?) It’s a charming piece of propaganda, with Kanye doing his best humble-kid acting and big-boy a capella rapping of “Gold Digger,” presumably because it mentions the ass of Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. (Don’t worry: she loves it!)
There’s some cute backstage footage with Ryan Seacrest and Kim Kardashian, too, which gives clues to just why Kanye would appear on American Idol. Seacrest has long been a producer of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, so maybe he phoned in this favor to help boost ratings for the struggling franchise? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s a cute three-minute segment, anyway. And now you don’t even have to watch the episode to see what it’s all about. Watch it below, via Vulture: