Benjamin, who auditioned with his own original song “Stadium," was asked by Luke if he had ever kissed a girl, referencing Katy's number one hit, "I Kissed A Girl," from 2008.
Benjamin responded that he hadn’t, and Katy took the initiative and gave him a kiss on the cheek before surprising him shortly after with a quick peck on the lips.
This didn’t sit well with Benjamin, who talked about his experience with The New York Times. "I wanted to save [my first kiss] for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special,” he said. He later clarified on his Instagram account that his response to the kiss was misconstrued.
Now Luke is speaking up about the kiss “melee.” “It’s unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big,” he told The Morning Show, a program based in Australia. “I watched an actual interview where Ben, the kid that was involved, said that he was cool with everything.”
“I gotta back Katy on that. She’s in there working hard and making fun TV,” he added.
The country music superstar is also fully aware of the criticisms he, Katy and fellow judge Lionel Richie were going to face, and he’s OK with it. “We are going to get it right sometimes and get it wrong sometimes," he said. "We’re in there critiquing people. I may say something one day that everybody’s not going to like. That’s just what you signed up for. At the end of the day, me and Lionel and Katy and Ryan (Seacrest), our hearts are in the right place.”
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