Until 2004 only two things were associated with the name Peter Andre, mysterious girls and stomach muscles.
In 1996 Andre had bagged 12 top 10 spots with his single Mysterious Girl all over the world, including two number ones. But that was pretty much where the story ended.
Arguably one of the greatest one hit wonders of all time.
But after agreeing to take part in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here reality show on ITV in 2004, the performer’s whole world changed. Mysterious Girl came back to number one in the UK chart and Andre was a hit once more. His career had gone full circle, and the rest is history.
Now with his new album, Angels and Demons, coming out and a live tour to go with it, Andre has reinvented himself away from his strictly pop past.
“It has been so bizarre, I am so grateful I have had that second chance. Everyone has been so supportive it has been amazing.
“When I went into the jungle I was expecting to just go in for two weeks and then go back overseas and then Chris Moyles started playing Mysterious Girl on the radio. I came out of the show and found the song had been campaigned on Radio One, it was a dream come true.”
And although Mysterious Girl will forever be sung at Andre by passing strangers, the 39-year-old is ready to move on and create new music.
“I don’t mind that (Mysterious Girl) is still there because it is a great song, it worked all over the world for me. You can go as far as Jamaica or all over Europe and everyone knows that song.
“You have to have some sort of talent to keep going, I write music, I write scripts for other stuff and I do public speaking, endorsements and own coffee shops, I am seriously into what I do.”
And his new album is the embodiment of the move away from his pop past.
“We all battle our own angels and demons, you have the good guy and bad guy in all of us. It is saying ‘I appreciate the angels and demons fighting each other, but can you both leave me alone. Whatever will be will be’.
“A lot of people will relate to the lyrics of this album. It is all different, there’s happy stuff, there’s darker stuff. And the music is everything from electronic dance to pop to RnB.
“This is what I want to do. I could go back to the real poppy stuff again but I want to do my own thing and not follow anyone. Funnily enough I don’t really listen to pop anymore.”
Andre has also starred in a string of reality shows which covered both his life with ex-wife and glamour model Katie Price, as well as his more recent shows that follow his career, entitled My Life.
The third series will be filmed during his Up Close and Personal tour which comes to Margate’s Winter Gardens on Monday, November 19.
He said: “We have a great visual show, we have illusions and the whole magic circle thing, it should be amazing.
“There will be things happening throughout the show that will be illusions, so people are constantly entertained to do something a bit different. I don’t want to just do song and dance you know? I can’t say too much because I want people to come and see it, but it is mind boggling.”
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