During his audition, Glaze revealed that he hadn't yet had his first kiss because "I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship", but Idol judge Katy Perry chose to change that when she invited him closer to plant a surprise smooch on him. "So in that way", he said, "I'm glad she did it because it's a great opportunity to get my music out".
"I wanted to save it for my first relationship", he said. I wanted it to be special, ' he said. The comeback includes a new line-up of judges - Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.
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. As he moved toward her cheek again, Ms. Perry swung her face toward him and kissed him quickly on the lips.
"Come here right now", Perry said.
At first, Glaze said he would only kiss her on the cheek, and did, but the "Teenage Dream" singer wasn't impressed, criticising Glaze for not making the "smush sound". "No, I've never been in a relationship". "Katy!" he yelled. "You didn't!" "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".
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After the audition aired during Sunday night's season premiere, some started calling Perry out; on Twitter, Mike Cernovich referred to her behavior as "predatory". "I can't kiss a girl if I'm not in a relationship". On the American Idol website, Mr. Glaze's performance is posted under the headline, "Benjamin Glaze's First Kiss and Audition". "I wanted to save it for my first relationship". Although he didn't make it past that round, the smooch helped him get more airtime. "[My friends] agreed with me that it didn't really count", Glaze noted.
For what it's worth, Glaze seemed quite smitten by the smooch attack - until, that is, the judges told him he wasn't ready for the competition.
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.
"It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about", he said.