American Idol contestant felt Katy Perry stole his chance of having a 'special' first kiss
Just before he could audition, 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze admitted that he had never kissed a girl and so Katy Perry pecked him on the lips. In a recent interview, Benjamin said she didn't have his consent.
Benjamin Glaze's audition at season 16 of 'American Idol' made headlines soon after it was aired on television. On season 16 of the reality TV show, the singer admitted to judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie that he had never kissed a girl before but what happened next startled audiences who had tuned in.
The 'Roar' singer pecked him on the lips and shocked Benjamin to the bone. The 19-year-old from Oklahoma fell to the ground and everyone laughed nervously.
This segment of 'American Idol' was taped in October last year but Benjamin finally spoke about the kiss with Katy in a recent interview with New York Times.
He said that he was quite uncomfortable when she unexpectedly pecked him on the lips. Had she asked, Benjamin would have turned her down.
"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. I wanted my first kiss to be special," Benjamin added.
The 'American Idol' contestant hoped he would have his first kiss with a girlfriend. During his audition, Benjamin told the country singer that he'd never kissed a girl because he's never been in a relationship.
"No I've never been in a relationship, I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship," he said.
It was at this moment that Katy asked him to approach the judges' table and he did so with reservations.
Benjamin informed the Swish singer that he would only kiss her cheek but she sprang a kiss on him and caught him unawares.
That incident is fresh in his mind even today. Upon returning home to Eden, Oklahoma, Benjamin told his friends and family that he felt uncomfortable about it.
"They agreed with me that it didn’t really count. It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about. That’s what a real first kiss is," according to New York Times.
As for his audition, Benjamin couldn't get past the audition stage.
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