Ne-Yo wants to be "one of the first" to watch 'Michael Jackson's This Is It'.

The R'n'B star - who has often spoken about his adoration for the late pop singer and paid tribute to him at the BET awards with a rendition of 'I'll Be There' - is determined to watch the musical documentary at the earliest possible opportunity.

He said: "All I've seen so far is what they've shown on TV - the little trailer that's all I've seen. But I'm definitely looking forward to being one of the first in a theatre somewhere to check that out."

The film is due to air on October 28 and will document the rehearsals for Michael's planned 50-date London residency 'This Is It'.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter has also spoken about his determination to follow in the 'Thriller' singer's footsteps.

He added to "Michael Jackson is half the reason I even sing. I've talked about how I learned to sing listening to Mike and Stevie Wonder and people of that nature. He's still an inspiration to me. I aspire to be what he was, as far as musically, as far as philanthropy and you name it, Michael Jackson was cream of the crop and I'm just trying to follow in his footsteps."