Joe McElderry has revealed that he would like to work with N-Dubz star Dappy.
The former winner of The X Factor and Popstar To Operastar fancies adding a rap edge to his music and wants the N-Dubz frontman to join him.
"I'd love to do a rap-pop collaboration, where I don't change my style of music but I bring in a rapper on board. I think that dynamic would work really well because you wouldn't put my voice with a rap track," he said.
"I really like Dappy's songs. He's amazing. I also like Chipmunk, Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah, but I really like Dappy. I think he's really quirky and cool."
Joe - who will be a guest star for the Coronation Street musical, Street Of Dreams, on the Newcastle dates on May 29 and 30 - has started work on his fourth album, which is scheduled for release in October.
"I'm really excited. I've been in the studio and writing and trying out different songs. I'm just getting everything ready," he said.
"It's going back to the roots of what everyone will know from The X Factor. There are some elements to a classic album - some ballads - and I'm hopefully going to be writing some original material for it. It's going to showcase my voice to its best ability."
He added: "Ever since the opera training last year on Popstar To Operastar, I've learnt so much about my voice. So from now on, I really want to show my vocal off."