Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Katy Perry Has the Hots for 'Idol' Contestant Trevor Holmes!

Katy Perry Has the Hots for 'Idol' Contestant Trevor Holmes!

Nineteen-year-old Benjamin Glaze got more than he bargained for when he appeared on American Idol.

"Have you kissed a girl and liked it?"

It won't make anyone forget the early incarnation of "American Idol" that struck so much fear in the heats of rival programmers that they would refer to it in hushed tones as "the Death Star", but ABC's revival of the once-colossal musical competition series delivered strong numbers for a Sunday night in 2018.

"I've never been in a relationship", he told the trio of judges. During the second night of auditions, judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan will meet Venezuela-born singer (and dancer) Michelle Sussett.

After composing himself, Glaze began his audition singing Nick Jonas's hit "Levels".

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He admits to the judges that he's never kissed a girl, and gets knocked for a loop when Katy tricks him into a kiss on the lips. She called this a "pinch me" kind of moment that ended with three "yes" votes and that shiny golden ticket to Hollywood.

That's when Perry made a decision to swoop in and give him a good luck kiss.

Benjamin started his performance a bit flustered by the unplanned kiss, and all three judges declined to send him to Hollywood.

"I really enjoyed meeting you today", Perry said. I think you're really sweet, but truthfully, there are just some people that are outsinging you right now.

Variety reports Nielsen overnight data shows the season premiere on Sunday had a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers.

"Gone are the embarrassingly bad auditions that would go viral on Fox's American Idol and increased are the inspirational stories the Disney-owned network is hoping will go viral in a more positive way", Chris Harnick of E!

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