rob thomasAttention 'American Idol' contestants: Rob Thomas could be your musical guru.

The Matchbox Twenty singer and hit songwriter told an audience at a TimesTalks event at New York City's TimesCenter that he would be interested in mentoring on 'American Idol' if asked.

"I had a time when I loved [the show]," he said "and then there was a time when I thought it was killing the music business. Now I have time where I realize there's a lot of talented people out there and it's giving them a chance to be heard."