Arin Ray may have been eliminated from The X Factor this week, but not before meeting his idol, Kanye West and the rapper’s famous girlfriend Kim Kardashian.
The Kardashian family (and Kanye) spent Thanksgiving Eve on the set of The X Factor supporting co-host Khloé, but it was the talent show’s contestants who were most stoked about the famous family’s attendance. Some hopefuls even got to meet the K’s… and Arin was one of the lucky ones.
“As I was walking up to [Kanye] I was literally like ‘I'm going to meet him?’” Arin tells In Touch of his encounter with his idol. “Kim was right next to him. They were holding hands when I shook his hand, so technically I was holding hands with Kim Kardashian at the same time. That was pretty awesome.”
But what about Normani?
Though Arin and fellow contestant Normani Hamilton have an admittedly close relationship— with Arin confessing that the Fifth Harmony member has been his muse for several heartfelt performances— the now eliminated contestant was all about Kanye that night.
“It was awesome because I have been talking to Khloé for a little while about Kanye [from] when I did my “American Boy” performance,” he told In Touch. “She walked me up to them after my performance and it was awesome.”
But the meet-and-greets didn’t end there!
“I got to meet the whole family: Mr. Jenner, and Kendall and Kylie,” Arin gushes. “They are super cute. It was great to meet all of them.”
Tune in to The X Factor this Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.