Ne-yo: I’m extremely proud of Conor Maynard, I just hope he keeps his eye on the ball- Exclusive

Ne-yo has expressed his pride for his protégé Conor Maynard after managing to crack the tricky US market.

Ne-yo couldn't be prouder of Conor. Thumbs up all round. Copyright [Wenn]

Talking exclusively to omg! today, the ‘Beautiful Monster’ singer, 30, revealed that he hopes Conor, 20, remains level headed as his popularity grows.

He told us: “I’m extremely proud of that dude, I’m now concerned about the parts of the business that have the tendency to distract.

“You’ve got young ladies screaming your name now which beforehand maybe wasn’t the case.

“You’ve got people in your face now. I’ve always appreciated and respected Conor’s level headedness.

“I pray that he keeps it. I make sure that I do my part and give him a call every now and then and say, ‘hey keep it about the music, take care of that throat, don’t do anything stupid and you’ll be around for a while because people are digging what you do- don’t screw it up.’”

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Ne-yo is currently preparing for a tour of the UK which will be kicking off on 6 March in Newcastle.

Talking about the rehearsals, Ne-yo admitted that he and his team are pulling out all the stops to put on a great show for UK fans.

Ne-yo has promised UK fans quite the show. Copyright [Wenn]

He explained: “I’m coming out to the UK to put on a proper show so me and the dancers and the band are all gearing up.

“I’m actually in LA right now and I’m going to be here for the month of February for the rehearsals.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and reuniting with the fans and give them the best show on the planet.”

Ne-yo will be supported on the tour by our very own Tulisa, someone the singer is very much looking forward to getting to know.

He admitted: “I’ve heard great things [about her]. I won’t say that I know an awful lot about her but I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know her and possibly working with her in the future.”

Ne-yo will be performing at the following arenas across the UK:

6th March – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
8th March – Liverpool Echo Arena
9th March – Manchester Arena
13th March – Glasgow SECC
14th March – Birmingham LG Arena
15th March – London The O2

Tickets are available from www.aeglive.co.uk/ne-yo