"I wanted to save it for my first relationship", he said. "I wanted it to be special".
Fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan cheered and high-fived Perry, who afterwards offered an innocent apology for giving the contestant the "kiss of death". The "Roar" singer noticed the young man and candidly told him he could come hang out with her anytime.
Instead, Perry landed an impromptu smooch on Glaze's lips when he was leaning in to kiss her on the cheek.
Construction worker Trevor Holmes wowed judge Perry with his swoon-worthy audition earlier this week, leading the "I Kissed A Girl" singer to declare him "hot".
In the clip, Perry calls out to Glaze to "come here" after learning of his never-been-kissed status, and Glaze appears shocked, but walks up to the judges table to face Perry. I wanted to save it for my first relationship.
Glaze's audition was not successful and he was sent home.
Benjamin Glaze, 19, told the A List panel that he'd never kissed a girl before, prompting Katy, 33, to ask for a peck on the cheek. "Katy!" he yelled, as he stumbled backward.
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". "But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately". "They agreed with me that it didn't really count", he said. "I can't kiss a girl if I'm not in a relationship".
The kiss did result in his getting more screen time, which has helped draw attention to his music. The cashier from Oklahoma will tell stories of his first kiss with a celebrity for years to come.
"It was lip contact versus a romantic situation with someone you care about", he said.
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