Peter Lekuni (born March 23, 1990), is a singer, songwriter and model from the African Republic of Botswana . He rose to fame as the runner-up on the eighth season of the Botswana talent show My Star. He also appeared on the seventh season of the French talent show Star Academy under the stage name Pierre, where he picked up a seventh place finish.

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Lekuni at London Fashion Week 2014


Early Life

Peter Lekuni was born in Francistown, Botswana to Mmachiepe Lekuni and diplomat Tinar M Lekuni. He lived briefly in Gaborone, Botswana as an infant while his mother worked in Palapye. After living in Gaborone, Lekuni and his family moved to Lusaka, Zambia and resided there for a few years. When they moved to Harare, Zimbabwe in 1994, Peter began grade school at Harare International School. Lekuni attended the school until 1997, before moving back to Botswana. A natural singer, he started took part in several musical plays at school. His family moved around several countries before settling in Geneva, Switzerland where Lekuni complete his Middle and High School Education at Collège du Léman. It was there that Peter cemented his love for singing, taking part in school plays such as High School Musical and Mid Summer Night Dream.

Before appearing on Star Academy, Lekuni participated in and won several talent competitions at his school.

In 2006, Lekuni also participated in an ad for H&M where he modelled a new collection for teenage boys. A full-page ad for H&M featuring Lekuni ran in the December 2006 catalogue.

Star Academy

In the summer of 2007, Lekuni auditioned for the French talent show Star Academy in Provence, France where he earned a "yes" from all four judges and the right to appear in the Paris Round. Lekuni got eliminated from the competition after reaching the top seven leaving many tears behind.

Performances and results

Week # Song Choice Result
Audition "You Remind Me" Advanced
Paris "Angels" Advanced
Top 24 (12 Men) "Let Me Love You" Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) "Unfaithful" Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) "If I Ain't Got You" Safe
Top 12 "Iris" Safe
Top 11 "Escape" Bottom 3
Top 10 "Kiss" Safe
Top 9 "Like A Prayer" Bottom 2
Top 8 "What I've Done" Safe
Top 7

"We Belong"


My Star

In January of 2014, Lekuni auditioned for the Botswana talent show My Star in Gaborone. He preceded to the next round following a unanimous vote from the three judges. Lekuni became the runner-up with a close finish behind the winner Boikanyo Sejallolwane.

Performances and results

Week # Song Choice Result
Audition "No One" Advanced
Top 40 Selection "Breakaway" Advanced
Top 40 "Set Fire To The Rain" Safe
Top 37 "We Belong Together" Safe
Top 34 "Waiting On The World To Change" Safe
Top 31 "Hey Soul Sister" Safe
Top 28 "Radioactive" Safe
Top 25 "Candle In The Wind" Safe
Top 22 "Nothin' On You" Safe
Top 20 "Man In The Mirror" Safe
Top 18 "Forever Young"
Locked Out Of Heaven
Top 16 "Wide Awake"
Top 14 "Yeahx3"
Top 10 "Wanted"
Non-Elimination Week
Top 10 "Kiss From A Rose"
Raise Your Glass
Top 8 "Halo"
We Found Love
Bottom 2
Top 7 "Don't You Worry Child"
Cheers (Drink To That)
Non-Elimination Week
Top 6 "Back On My Feet Again"
Sexy Love
Top 5 "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing"
Top 3 Launch "Turning Tables" Safe
Non-Elimination Week
Finale "Wide Awake/Yeahx3"
Jesus Take The Wheel

After My Star and Debut Album

After My Star, Peter made an appearance on Radio Botswana 1 for an interview with his fellow top 3 contestants.

He  released a single entitled "Under My Skin" along with the winner Boikanyo Sejallowane and third runner-up Obakeng Matebu. The single was different from lead single released by other former contestants and quickly became a radio favorite.

Lekuni went on to release a solo single in late 2016 entitled "Feel The Love" which was a radio success. Following its release, he released another single to promote the upcoming album in January of 2017 entitled "Jalo".


Studio Albums
  • 2017: Rhythm of Heartbreak
  • 2016: Feel The Love
  • 2017: Jalo



  • My Star Runner-Up

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