Katy Perry's Controversial American Idol Kiss Enters A Very Gray Area

Emmett Rice
March 15, 2018

19-year-old Benjamin Glaze from Oklahoma was hoping to impress the American Idol judges with his acoustic guitar when judge Luke Bryan asked him if he'd ever "kissed a girl and liked it". However, the "Fireworks" singer took things up a notch recently when she allegedly kissed another contestant, Benjamin Glaze.

In the end, Glaze isn't counting the on-screen smooch as his first kiss. I wanted it to be special, ' he said.

But his girlfriend Sierra, who appeared next to him in their interview from Los Angeles, tells "GMA" she is okay with his Katy connection. On the second attempt, she surprised Glaze at the last moment, turning to kiss him on the lips.

Construction worker Trevor Holmes wowed judge Perry with his swoon-worthy audition earlier this week, leading the "I Kissed A Girl" singer to declare him "hot".

"I have never been in a relationship and I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship", Glaze responded.

Katy waved him over and said, "Come here".

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In the segments that featured Mr. Glaze, he was shown waiting around in anticipation for his audition with other hopefuls.

"I have never been in a relationship and I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship", he said. Instead, Glaze made headlines for receiving a surprise kiss from Idol judge Katy Perry. "Katy!" he yelled, as he stumbled backward.

The kiss aired during the show's March 11 season premiere and garnered criticism from some viewers who called Perry's actions inappropriate. "But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately".

Months later - and in the wake of movements like #MeToo - Glaze says he doesn't feel he was sexually harassed by Perry, and has rationalized the kiss by determining it didn't actually count. Although he didn't make it past that round, the smooch helped him get more airtime.

When he returned home, Mr. Glaze worked through his feelings about the kiss by talking to his friends.

Oh, that's right - Katy Perry stole the first kiss of someone. "It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about".

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