The rapper joined the US talent show as a joke contestant
Kanye West appears in the trailer for next year’s final season of ‘American Idol’, which premieres on January 6.
The former Glastonbury headliner waltzes into the audition room in the clip, astounding the show’s judges, including Jennifer Lopez, who asks, “What are you doing here?”
The rest of the video pays homage to series past, including a famously off-key performance from former 2004 contestant William Hung. Judge Simon Cowell quips that he’s amazed the Hong Kong-born singer hadn’t had any professional training.
‘American Idol’, which had been suffering in the ratings, is due to go off air after the upcoming ‘farewell season’.
The judging lineup for the final episodes will see J. Lo joined by country music star Keith Urban and American singer Harry Connick Jr.
It had been rumoured, back in 2012, that West was in talks to join the panel for the last series, with TMZ reporting he had “expressed interest” in the job. Now he’s finally surfaced on the show with a performance in front of the judges.
‘American Idol’ is just one of Simon Cowell’s talent shows that looks done and dusted. Long running ITV programme ‘The X Factor’ seems headed for the chop, as the broadcasting giant recently bought the rights to BBC’s ‘The Voice’, in which more emphasis is based on the contestant’s talent rather than the whole star package.
West, speaking at MTV’s VMAs in August, recently announced his intention to run in the US presidential election in 2020.
Later asked whether he was definitely going to run for President, West replied: “Yes…certain things I feel compelled to do in life I don’t have the need to find justification for them.”
The news came despite his wife, Kim Kardashian, stating that it was “news to her” that West was headed for the Oval Office.