Female touch brings ballet to Wiggles

03:37, Jul 03 2014
Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins

The Wiggles will be wiggling into town for a concert as part of their 2014 Apples and Bananas tour.

It has also been a year since Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins became the first female to join the group.

Watkins was in Tauranga when the Taranaki Daily News caught up with her and she said the group had been kept busy with tours and concerts over the last year.

She said the group loves being back in New Zealand, with its beautiful scenery and its food.

Watkins, Lachlan Gillispie and Simon Pryce replaced Greg Page, Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook as the Yellow, Purple and Red Wiggles respectively. Original member Anthony Field continues as the Blue Wiggle.

The Wiggles clocked in 120 sold-out shows in Australia last year.


"New Zealand is looking good as well and we're really appreciative of the support," Watkins said.

The group is also reaping the fruits of their hard work. "We're meeting more children and a lot of the children are coming to the shows with yellow bows, yellow shoes and yellow tutus."

Watkins also said it was a "very nice change" to have a female Wiggle.

"Finally, there's a Wiggle that can do the ballet and I play the drums as well," she said.

"We try to cater for everyone."

Watkins said the group's New Zealand tour was shaping up to be a very busy but fruitful one. "We love the scenery here in New Zealand and that's pretty lovely when you drive so much."

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Taranaki Daily News