R&B singer Ne-Yo insists he's the perfect choice to replace music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid as a judge and mentor on the next season of "The X Factor."
The singer confirmed last week that he is in the early stages of striking a deal that would make him one of the new judges on the singing competition's panel.
Following the departure of Britney Spears and record exec Reid, critics have called on show producers to choose a star who is more than knowledgeable in the music industry. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ne-Yo insists he would be the right fit for the show, but he doesn't want to get his hopes up too high, in the event showrunners decide to go in a different direction.
"I don't want anybody to put too much stock in that. It honestly and truly may not happen," he said. "It's just conversation right now, and everybody knows that in L.A., until the ink is dry on the contract, nothing is for certain."
Ne-Yo will be able to offer hopefuls much more than performance advice -- he's also an acclaimed songwriter and producer, and he believes his many talents make him the perfect mentor for the program. He says, "I feel like I have some vital information that I can give to an artist that will guarantee them a career as opposed to a flash in the pan -- and we all know that it's very, very easy for that to happen nowadays."