When Katy Perry kissed a contestant during the season premiere of American Idol last Sunday, she may have thought she was doing then 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze, who hadn't yet had his first kiss, an innocent favor. Now, several months after the audition, the singer is opening up about the encounter that left him feeling "a tad bit uncomfortable".
"Have you kissed a girl and liked it?" asked Mr. Bryan, making a coy reference to Ms. Perry's first hit single, "I Kissed A Girl". The "unwanted kiss" has been receiving some backlash on social media for its predatory nature, while others considered the teenager lucky for kissing the "I Kissed a Girl" singer. "We all have celebrity crushes but it was really amusing because when they asked me to run in I was just beelining towards him and I had no idea I cut Katy off", she says, describing the moment Holmes found out he was through to the next stage of the competition. "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".
In the end, Glaze isn't counting the on-screen smooch as his first kiss.
Keen to impress, Glaze went in for a second kiss on the cheek before Katy cheekily turned her head, surprising him with a kiss on the lips and raising her arms in victory. "Imagine if a 33 year-old male artist tricked a 19 year-old female auditioner into a kiss like Katy Perry just did with that teenage guy". She asked for another kiss, complaining that he hadn't even made the "smush sound". I wanted to save it for my first relationship.
Katy Perry put her cherry chapstick on the lips of an American Idol contestant - and like it, he did not!
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Glaze's audition was not successful and he was sent home. Although he didn't make it past that round, the smooch helped him get more airtime.
And Benjamin felt the same, as he spoke with the New York Times following the whole debacle.
Telling Katy what he does for a living, he explained: "I'm a cashier at an electronic store but I love it because sometimes there's cute girls and they're not going anywhere without saying hi". "It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about".
Oh, that's right - Katy Perry stole the first kiss of someone.
Representatives for ABC and Katy Perry did not respond to requests for comment.