‘American Idol’: Has Katy Perry kiss controversy hurt her popularity as a judge on the ABC reboot?

Katy Perry continues to generate headlines over her judging of “American Idol.” The latest controversy has to do with the pop princess forcing a contestant to pucker up and plant a kiss on her. Benjamin Glaze, a 19-year-old from Oklahoma, readily admits to another of the “Idol” judges, Luke Bryan, that he has never kissed a girl. That prompted Perry to swoop in, offering up her cheek, which Glaze grazed. After she asked for a second kiss on the cheek, she pulled a switcheroo on the unsuspecting fellow and he ended up planting one on her lips.

Glaze was not pleased with this as he had wanted to save his first kiss for someone special. Since the news hit the web, Perry has fallen further behind Bryan in our poll on your favorite of the three judges. He now has a whopping 49% of the vote in our poll while she has dropped to a mere 27%. The third judge on the panel, winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie, is at 24%. If you haven’t voted yet, cast your ballot below and then be sure to sound off in the comments section.

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“American Idol” returned on March 11 with the same host (Ryan Seacrest) and format but on a new network (ABC) and days (Sunday/Monday) and with three new faces on the panel. What do you think of this trio of talent?

Bryan is the good old country boy determined to be everyone’s best friend. “Idol” first tapped the country music scene for a judge with Keith Urban, who was part of the panel on the last four seasons o of the show on FOX. As with that Aussie import, Bryan is folksy and full of charm. Even when he says no to someone, they leave with a smile plastered on their face.

Perry is raking in a whopping $20 million. Is she worth that much money? Her debut saw her cast shade on several contestants but she is a far shade from the king of mean, Simon Cowell. Her criticisms are usually sugar-coated in kindness but she does speak her mind on occasion, telling one would-be singer that those who sing her praises are not being truthful.

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Richie is the elder statesman of the group, with a musical pedigree that dates back to the 1960s and his fronting of the soul group the Commodores. Striking out on his own as a solo artist in the 1980s, he enjoyed a string of hits and won five Grammys. In 1985, he penned the charity single “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson as well as the Oscar-winning “Say You, Say Me” for “White Nights.” He tells it like it is, warning some contestants that they are not ready for the spotlight while praising others as potential stars in the making. However, he is susceptible to a sob story. We saw him change his mind in the first episode, sending someone to Hollywood after saying no initially.

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