“I Was Missing Out!” Emma Wiggle Hangs Up Her Yellow Skivvy

“I Was Missing Out!” Emma Wiggle Hangs Up Her Yellow Skivvy
B&T Magazine
Edited by B&T Magazine



The Wiggles have announced that Emma Watkins aka the first-ever female wiggle and second-ever yellow wiggle has left the children’s group. 

Today, the iconic children’s group revealed that 15-year-old Tsehay Hawkins is set to become the new Yellow Wiggle when Emma Watkins departs the group at the end of this year, after nine years of performing in the yellow skivvy as the first-ever female Wiggle.

Emma Watkins, said: “After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on.

“Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life.  For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn’t realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months.

“I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy to completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to have more time to work with the Deaf community.

“I am eternally grateful to The Wiggles for giving me the amazing opportunity to be the first female Wiggle, a role that I have loved and one that has brought me so much joy and an abundance of bountiful memories that I will treasure forever. 

As The Wiggles continue to evolve and someone new now steps into the yellow skivvy, I look forward to seeing children and families embrace them, just as I was when I began. I wish The Wiggles much continued success as they continue to delight children all over the world.”

On behalf of The Wiggles, founding member, Anthony Field, said: “Emma first began performing with The Wiggles 11 years ago, when she was cast as Fairy Larissa in our Dorothy the Dinosaur concerts and videos.

“She went on to play other roles including Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and as a Wiggly dancer. Then in 2013, Greg famously handed over the yellow skivvy to Emma, making her the first female Wiggle.

We’ve had an amazing time with Emma over this period and while we’re sad to see her go, we know she has many other passions she’d like to pursue, including her PhD and work with the Deaf community.

 “We thank Emma for her wonderful contribution to The Wiggles and wish her all the very best as we look forward to seeing her continued success with her other interests.”

Tsehay Hawkins, said: “I am honoured to be joining The Wiggles at such an exciting time for the group. I grew up watching The Wiggles and I’ve already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV.

“I’m now incredibly excited to be joining them in the yellow skivvy and to have the chance to go out on the road in the new arena tour, I can’t wait to meet all the Wiggly fans.

“Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world!”

Along with this bittersweet news, The Wiggles announced that they will be returning to stages across Australia from February 2022 with a brand-new Fruit Salad TV Big Show arena tour, and the OG Wiggles will be embarking on an over-18 tour across the country.

Field added: “As The Wiggles continue to evolve and we look towards the future, we’re very excited to be welcoming Tsehay into the yellow skivvy, and know that parents and children everywhere will embrace her infectious energy and warmth as much as everyone at The Wiggles and audiences of Fruit Salad TV already have.”




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