Peter guested on last night’s edition of Swedish reality TV singing contest Idol.
The theme for the week was duets, which involved contestants performing duets with their idols.
Birkir Blær performed with Peter on the night, a version of “Falla fritt”, one of Peter’s songs from Så mycket bättre. It got a great reaction.
Unfortunately, Idol, like Så mycket bättre, is on TV4 and they geoblock most of their programs. Consequently, I can’t comment on the performance since I’m in Australia. If you are in Sweden, you can try the following link:
Birkir was born and bred in Iceland but is now based in Gothenburg, Sweden. His sister told him about Idol and encouraged him to audition. Birkir has released an album on Spotify. It’s worth checking out.
In week 2, Peter performed a version of “Let Me In”, a song by Gustaf & Viktor Norén, with new Swedish lyrics by Elia Schagerström. Elia wrote the lyrics after conversations with Peter and were inspired by Peter’s half-brother Göran. A very powerful song and Peter owns it.
Week 3 saw Peter interpreting a fun song from Siw Malmkvist from 1959, “Sju vackra gossar” (Seven Beautiful Guys) in a big band style.
Both songs are available through the usual digital platforms, including Spotify.
If you are interested, here are the originals.
Week 2 saw two of Peter’s songs interpreted – Drömmare (a Swedish version of “Higher”) by Thomas Stenström amd “Stockholm i natt” by Cherrie. There were none of Peter’s songs interpreted in week 3.
Here are the versions. Both are also available digitally, including Spotify.
Peter performs his new single “Better Man” at the 2:44 mark. If you leave the video playing, host Sanna Nielsen interviews Peter and then they join together for an audience sing-along of the Olle Adolphson song “Nu är det gott att leva”.
At the 33:51 mark there is a special medley of songs associated with Peter and performed by Martin Redhe Nord, Sanna, Pernilla Wahlgren and Petra Marklund. Peter himself joins the medley at the end singing “The Shape of You” and “Guldet blev till sand”.
Pernilla and Petra will be joining Peter as two of his guests at this weekend’s online concert.
Peter will be part of the line-up for the final episode of the popular TV program Allsång på Skansen on 17 August 2021.
Allsång is a sing-along show that will be broadcast live on SVT1 at 8pm local time. The organisers will be allowing a limited audience. Last year’s season did not have any audience due to the pandemic. Tickets will be available shortly through Ticketmaster for both the rehearsal and the actual show but are expected to sell out quickly.
Alternatively, you should be able to watch via the SVT streaming service SVT Play. The episode should be able to be seen around the world.
Things have been fairly quiet over the past 18 months – until last week that is.
Just over week ago, Peter reached a milestone by turning 50 and since then the news has been rolling in.
Possibly the most exciting is that new music is on its way. Peter has been teasing recording sessions in the studio on his Instagram account for some time now. With his 50th birthday, it was announced that Peter has signed with Warner Music Sweden and that newly written music will be released at the end of summer. I am taking this to mean either September or October, traditionally a popular time to release albums.
I seem to recall Peter mentioning that he has been working with his songwriting team behind the amazing Humanology album, which is good news. That would be Kathryn Williams and Tobias Fröberg.
Peter is currently on Gotland filming for the next season of the Swedish TV show Så mycket bättre (literal translation = So much better). If you haven’t heard of the show, it gets together a diverse group of Swedish music artists and they all perform versions of each other’s songs. It is very popular and has been around for over 10 years. The songs are released via digital platforms and are also collected together on a CD release. A bonus (for me anyway) is that one of my favourite singers from the 70s, Harpo is also appearing. Outside of Sweden. he was mainly known for the worldwide hit Moviestar but within Sweden he has a full catalogue of music stretching over several decades.
Peter also mentioned in passing that he has been filming a new movie in Malmö. No other details as yet.
It’s been a little difficult to update the site recently and all though Christmas is behind us, I thought I would combine a few newsy type items in the one post.
Peter’s Christmas movie has done well, reaching number 2 on the Swedish box office charts, just behind”Joker”. Reviews have been positive, some noting the dark themes, darker than you would expect from a Christmas movie. Despite this, there is still a feel good factor and critics have praised the director and of course Peter. Keep an eye out for it at film festivals or the DVD and Blu-ray releases due in March.
Alas, no soundtrack but there is a 3 track digital EP available through the usual online providers. It contains the single “När natt flyr” and new versions of “Jag kommer hem igen till jul” and “Jag tror på dig”. Well worth checking out.
There is a music video for the new version of”Jag kommer hem igen till jul” (above), featuring more clips from the movie.
You may recall that “Jag tror på dig” is the Bob Dylan song from Peter’s Christmas album sung as a duet with Eva Dahlgren. The New version has a second uncredited male voice and although I haven’t seen the movie, I am guessing it is Johannes Kuhnke, who plays the brother. Johannes is also a singer and he even participated in Melodifestivalen back in 2010, the same year that Peter competed with”Hollow”.
Finally, another Christmas song from Peter, a duet with Moonica Mac. It is taken from a new animated short film based on the Astrid Lindgren picture story called “Räven och Tomten” (the story has been published in English as “The Tomten and the Fox”). The song with the same name is available through the usual online providers. The film was shown on SVT on Christmas Eve and can still be seen on SVTPlay albeit only in Sweden.