Katy Perry: Just Having Fun Or Crossing The Line On Idol?

The American Idol re-boot made it’s debut last Sunday night.  It’s got a new network, ABC, and new coaches, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.  I admittedly wasn’t too interested in watching the re-boot because I kind of felt it’d already ‘been there, done that’ and Idol’s run had come to an end.  However, I ended up watching when it was on in the radio studio when I was at work that night.  I was pleasantly surprised!  I loved the contestants stories and talent, and I loved Lionel Richie!  I’m a fan of Luke Bryan’s already, so it was cool to see him representing the country genre on the show, and I guess you could call me ‘indifferent’ about Katy Perry.  I appreciate her talent, I like a few of her songs, but she’s not really my cup of coffee (I know, it’s tea, but I don’t like tea, so coffee it is).

I thought her coaching was fine out of the gate, she’s obviously qualified for the job, being a successful musician in the music business.  However, it was when she started getting creepy with the male contestants that I started to get uncomfortable.  First, was 19-year-old Benjamin Glaze from Oklahoma, who for some reason admitted as part of his story that he’d never had a girlfriend and never been kissed.  At which point, Perry summoned him over for a kiss on the cheek, which then turned into a surprise kiss on the lips!  Red faced and obviously embarrassed, Glaze started to back away, while the panel shared a laugh, that he eventually joined in on.

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