Kanye West auditions as American Idol contestant, earns ticket to next round

Entertainer Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug 30.
Entertainer Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug 30. PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Kanye West apparently isn't limiting his ambitions to a planned White House run. The rapper may also be hoping to be the next American Idol.

West turned up to audition for the final, upcoming season of the television talent show at the weekend, and left with a coveted "golden ticket" to the next round in Hollywood.

West's apparently surprise audition in San Francisco with an a cappella rendition of his hit Gold Digger for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. was posted on both the American Idol and his wife Kim Kardashian's Instagram accounts.

"He's going to Hollywood! Kanye West swung by to audition for our judges and of course, he got a golden ticket!!!" the TV show posted on Instagram.

West has said he is serious about running for US president in 2020 and he performed at a Saturday Democratic Party fundraiser in San Francisco headlined by President Barack Obama, who gave him some tongue-in-cheek advice about a career in politics.

But his American Idol audition was widely seen as a publicity stunt for the TV show, which will air its 15th and final season in January after a dramatic decline in audiences.