If you thought your favorite rapper couldn’t get any cooler, you were wrong.
During the filming for the last season of America’s staple singing contest show, American Idol, Kanye West made his debut at the San Francisco auditions. And, it went exactly how it should’ve: awkwardly hilarious.
The Chicago native was accompanied by his very pregnant wife — during the time of the taping — Kim Kardashian West and the two jumped the line of anxious hopefuls so Kanye could get his chance to audition in front of the judges.
Ryan Seacrest, the show’s host, said of the whole experience, “We were in San Francisco, and they said, ‘We’ve got a contestant that’s just going to jump into the line,’ and up walked Kim and Kanye—Kim pregnant and Kanye enthusiastic and ready to go in there.”
Kanye — who completely surprised Idol judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. — nervously walked in the audition room and told the judges he wanted to perform “an original.”
Naturally, he performed one of his classics, “Gold Digger” and made to sure include the famous line referring to J.Lo — I think it’s safe to say she loved the live rendition.
In an interview with E! News J.Lo said, “Kanye just walked in the room, that’s all I can tell you! That’s all I know. For a minute, I was like, ‘Is that Kanye?’…Even though I’ve seen him a million times, in that setting I just didn’t expect it—but it was really funny.”
In the end, Kanye killed the performance and received the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood. Kanye can add that to his list of accomplishments.
American Idol‘s final season premieres in January, and if you can’t wait until the episode to watch the entire audition, you can check out the video up top.
SOURCE: E! News | PHOTO: Getty