During a round of auditions that aired earlier this week locally on Fox8, which airs the show the same day as the USA, the three judges were introduced to 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze, an Oklahoma native who sang an original tune with hopes of getting the ever-coveted golden ticket.
Glaze spoke to the New York Times about the eventful audition-which incidentally didn't get him past the first round-and admitted that in hindsight, he would have refused if she had asked to kiss him flat-out. "I was a tad bit uncomfortable", he said, explaining that he had serious intentions for the romantic gesture. "I can't kiss a girl without being in a relationship". I wanted it to be special, ' he said. However, after a joke about Perry's 2008 smash hit "I Kissed a Girl" led Glaze to reveal he had never done said deed, Perry ended up unexpectedly planting one on him. "But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately".
And, he said, he's still saving his real first kiss for his first relationship. She beckoned him over to the judges' table for a kiss on the cheek, but at the last moment, pecked him on the lips instead.
Mr. Glaze then asked for a drink of water, delivered a lackluster audition and was kindly rejected by the judges. After learning that he'd never kissed a girl before, Katy requested a kiss on the cheek from the teen.
But his girlfriend Sierra, who appeared next to him in their interview from Los Angeles, tells "GMA" she is okay with his Katy connection.
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Glaze said he talked at length with his friends back home about the audition and the kiss.
"They agreed with me that it didn't really count".
But it didn't satisfy the 33-year-old popstar who complained that Benjamin "didn't make the smooch sound". The cashier from Oklahoma will tell stories of his first kiss with a celebrity for years to come. Many viewers were also offended by such forward behavior.