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'American Idol' hopeful calls kiss with Katy Perry 'uncomfortable'

'American Idol' hopeful calls kiss with Katy Perry 'uncomfortable'

Katy Perry is in hot water for forcing a kiss on an American Idol contestant-and not just any kiss, but his first ever. He didn't like it. Benjamin Glaze of Oklahoma, now 20, was 19 when he auditioned for Idol last October and revealed to judges before starting in on his song that he had never been kissed: "I've never been in a relationship". "I was a tad bit uncomfortable", Benjamin, who ended up not moving on in the competition, 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", Glaze said. "I wanted my first kiss to be special". She convinced him to try again, but as he went for her cheek, she turned and pecked him on the lips, causing him to fall to the ground still holding his guitar while shouting, "Katy! I wanted my first kiss to be special".

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. (One of Perry's early hits was "I Kissed a Girl.") Glaze responded that he hadn't and didn't plan to until he was attached.

"They agreed with me that it didn't really count".

"Come here", Perry beckoned repeatedly as the other judges ― Bryan and singer Lionel Richie ― egged them on. Glaze, shocked and smiling, fell down.




The kiss aired during the show's March 11 season premiere and garnered criticism from some viewers who called Perry's actions inappropriate.

"It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about", he said. He added that he does not feel like he was sexually harassed by Katy and is grateful for her tweet about him, and that he's since talked to his friends about whether the moment even counts as his first real kiss.

"Katy! You didn't", Glaze shouted with a grin on his face when he returned to his place to start the audition. "In that way, I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out", he said.

However, Glaze couldn't deny that the exposure from the show benefited his music.


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