19-year-old Benjamin Glaze was just another hopeful singer when he stepped in front of Idol judges—Katy, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan—to audition with his own original song, “Stadium.”
But before he could begin belting out the lyrics from the song, the judges offered some small chat. Luke asked, “Have you kissed a girl and liked it?” It was a reference to fellow judge Katy’s 2008 hit, “I Kissed A Girl.”
That’s when Benjamin responded that he had not. He also added, “I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”
And right on cue, Katy stood up and motioned for the teen to come toward her. When he was by her, he asked, “One on the cheek?” and she smiled. Unsatisfied, she asked for another kiss, but as he moved toward her cheek again, she surprised him by swinging her face toward him and kissed him quickly on the lips.
Though it happened back in October and aired this past Sunday, Benjamin recently told the New York Times that he felt “a tad bit uncomfortable” about it. He added, “I wanted to save [my first kiss] for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.”
To make matters even more disappointing, Benjamin ended up getting rejected by the judges after he finally performed in front of them.
But despite getting sent home, Benjamin did say that it gave him time to reflect on what happened, and even talk to his friends about it. "They agreed with me that it didn’t really count,” he said. “It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about. That’s what a real first kiss is.”
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