The newest adult getting his wiggle on in the name of children's entertainment is one of our own.
Radio personality Robbie Rakete will become the "Brown Wiggle" in the popular children's group, The Wiggles. He is the first New Zealander to be involved with the group.
Rakete first became involved with the group known for hits such as Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car, when his co-host on the Breakfast show on The Breeze, Robert Scott, suggested he join them on stage during their Auckland show last year.
While originally said on-air as a joke, Anthony Field - the only remaining original member of the group - was keen to have Rakete on board, and on stage.
"And I did, and we had a great time," Rakete says.
"But I thought that was it until we got a phone call from Anthony earlier in the week saying 'would you like to come over to Sydney next week and film on our TV series as fifth Wiggle?'.
"I'm not actually joining The Wiggles for good, I am a guest Wiggle and I'm Brown Wiggle."
Rakete is unsure what his role will involve, but will film for two days in Australia.
"I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing once I get there, I just know I'm filming for the TV series and my friends are taking bets and they think I'm going to dress up like a piece of fruit.
"Who ever thought they'd get to hang out as a Wiggle, even if it's just for a day or two?"
Filming the TV series will be a lot of fun, Rakete says.
"When I did the show last year at the Aotea Centre in Auckland it was 4000 kids, and at the end all the Wiggles lined up and we all said goodbye, and there was just 4000 kids just giving a whole lot of love, and that's just the best job in the world.
"So it was pretty amazing, an amazing experience, and I'm pretty sure next week will be as well."
His own kids are too old to be impressed by their Wiggle father, but Rakete has a fan base in friends' children.
"If they were still 3 or 4 they might be, but my youngest is 9 and my eldest is 21 so they just kind of went 'oh, yeah' and walked out of the room.
"But I know friends who have got 3 and 4-year-old kids and they're pretty stoked for me.
"It's like 'oh, you're a Wiggle, that's the most important thing you've done, ever' so I'll take that."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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