'American Idol' contestant kissed Katy Perry...and didn't like it
Mar 15 2018 by Francis Osborne
Glaze spoke to the New York Times about the eventful audition-which incidentally didn't get him past the first round-and admitted that in hindsight, he would have refused if she had asked to kiss him flat-out.
While rendering her verdict (video of the entire incident here), Perry acknowledged his shaky performance was "a bit rushed, and maybe that was because I sped up your BPM of the heartbeat". "I wanted to save it for my first relationship". I wanted it to be special, ' he said. "I know a lot of guys would be like, 'Heck yeah!' But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately".
Not only was Glaze's first kiss a let-down for him, but Perry wasn't impressed with his singing either as the judges chose not to let Glaze advance to the next stage. He plants one on her cheek, but Perry seemed disappointed there wasn't an audible "smoosh-sound", so Glaze agrees to start over, and just as he goes in for it, Perry turns to face him and Glaze's lips meet her own.
Glaze, then 19 years old, auditioned for a spot on the show's new season. After learning that he'd never kissed a girl before, Katy requested a kiss on the cheek from the teen.
Glaze said he talked at length with his friends back home about the audition and the kiss.
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As he leaned in for round two, Perry swiveled her head at the last second to catch him off-guard with a kiss on the lips. "So in that way, I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out", he said.
But, he says, he doesn't think it was sexual harassment, and he's grateful for the extra attention being brought to his music (Perry even tweeted about him).
Benjamin Glaze, 19, told the A List panel that he'd never kissed a girl before, prompting Katy, 33, to ask for a peck on the cheek. "It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about".
The first kiss of an aw-shucks teenager from Oklahoma, delivered by a superstar singer, might have made for a sweet pop-culture moment in a previous era. Many viewers were also offended by such forward behavior.