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'We've seen so many children arrive at the show dressed like me, head to toe with the big yellow bow, but they're not changing the size of the bow so it's bigger than their heads, ' Watkins said by phone from Australia.
Watkins is joined in the new version of the group by original Blue Wiggle Anthony Field and two fellow newbies: Red Wiggle Simon Pryce and Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie. But she's clearly a fan favorite: Tiny groupies have given her so many bows - yellow and pink, made from pipe cleaners and cardboard - that she quips she'll need an extra room on her house to hold them.
'Essentially we're all role models for boys AND girls, but it's really nice that girls have a choice, I guess, ' she says.
With their peppy dancing, waggling fingers, exaggerated facial expressions and maniacally catchy songs like 'Hot Potato' and 'Fruit Salad, ' The Wiggles emerged 22 years ago and seemed scientifically engineered to make a toddler, well, wiggle.
The new members were announced last year and joined the retiring original Wiggles - Greg Page, Jeff Fatt and Murray Cook - on a farewell tour as 'Wiggles in Training.'
The Mini-Emma Army: In the Crayola-coded Wiggles world, Emma is the Yellow Wiggle, and on the tour in Australia and Canada, she attracted tiny yellow clones with enormous bows on their heads
Watkins, 23, grew up with The Wiggles and sharing the stage with Page, the original Yellow Wiggle, she says, 'I just felt like I was 6 years old again.' The first time Gillespie sang 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' with Page, he cried.
Each new member came from the touring cast of backup dancers and understudies, but there was much Wiggly wisdom to impart - Wiggly fingers, Wiggly dancing, Wiggly songs and instruments. And there was the mentoring offstage, where the new Wiggles hosted meet-and-greets with children with special needs.
'They turn up and all they do is look at Emma the whole time. These 2 and 3-year-olds have never seen The Wiggles before, so Emma's their superstar'
'There were no reality TV cameras rolling at the time - it sort of sounds like it - but no one was going to be eliminated. It was just a lovely year, ' Field said.
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