American Idol is back for an all new season with judges country singer, Luke Bryan, music icon Lionel Richie, and pop singer Katy Perry.
19-year-old Benjamin Glaze from Oklahoma auditioned for American Idol for the once in a lifetime opportunity to share his music, but instead, was greeted with some unwanted physical attention from Katy Perry.
The teenager had been saving his first kiss prior to the show. Benjamin mentioned that he enjoys his job as a cashier at an electronics store because he gets to say 'hi' to pretty girls when they check out. Luke Bryan then asks if he's "Kiss a girl and liked it," (Perry's hit single).
The modest young man replied, "No I've never been in a relationship. I can't kiss without being in a relationship." Unable to believe this wholesome lifestyle Katy exclaims, "Really?! Come here."
Immediately Benjamin replies "No way. Hold on." But the judges clap and holler for him to come over to the judges table. Shyly, he agrees to kiss Katy on the cheek. As he leans in for the smooch, she quickly turns her head and gives him an un-welcomed kiss on the lips.
In an interview with the New York Times, Benjamin explains the incident:
“I was a tad bit uncomfortable. I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special. Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no. 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.”
Overall, it is a very awkward encounter that flusters Benjamin's performance, ruining his chances at going to Hollywood. (Watch the video below)
So... was this unwanted kiss sexual harassment? Would everyone have been laughing if a 33 year old man had stolen a kiss on the lips with a teenage girl? Was it all in good fun? What do you think? Wanna know what Benjamin thinks? Read his statement below.
Some people take physical interactions very seriously even saving first kisses for their wedding day. While Benjamin can never get his first kiss back, we wish him the best of luck in his music career!
Listen to Benjamin Glaze "Until My Heart Refuses" original song: