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Video: Kanye West Auditions For 'American Idol'

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If you were auditioning for American Idol in San Francisco yesterday, you would've been up against some tough competition. Kanye West, 2020 Presidential candidate and the father of baby fashion icon North West, was filmed auditioning for the 15th and final season of American Idol on Saturday. Perhaps the advice he was given by President Obama earlier in the day gave him just the confidence boost he needed.

Rolling Stone reports that Yeezus serenaded Idol judges Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez with an a capella version of "Gold Digger" —which has a lyric that mentions J. Lo, herself. Way to curry favor, 'Ye.

Mrs. Kim Kardashian West captured some of the behind-the-scenes action.

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As did Idol mainstay (and Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer) Ryan Seacrest:

Aw. A rare but sincere smile.

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Good for Kanye, who seems to be following through on this pledge: