Meet the New Wiggles!

Can you believe that The Wiggles have been singing and dancing for 21 years? Well, according to an announcement on The Wigglesofficial website, three of the four Wiggles are ready to retire. Jeff, Murray, and Greg—also known as the Purple, Red, and Yellow Wiggles—will be handing over their jobs to a new generation!

So, meet the new Wiggles! 

All three of the new faces on The Wiggles have been around the show, supporting the main cast in various ways. Emma, the new Yellow Wiggle has been a part of the show for two years and has performed as Fairy Larissa and Dorothy the Dinosaur, among other characters. She is only 22 years-old, but is very talented and very excited to hop on board as a member of The Wiggles.

The new Purple Wiggle, Laughlan, has been touring with The Wiggles’ live show for a while. He’s 26 years-old and has a history on stage in both Australia (where The Wiggles is based) and in the USA.

Simon, the new Red Wiggle, has appeared as a voice artist on a few of The Wiggles CDs and has experience in musical theater. At 40 years-old, he’s the oldest of the new crew, but is excited to use his big voice to entertain as a Wiggle!

The new generation of The Wiggles—together with Anthony, the Blue Wiggle—are preparing for their appearance in 2013, after the current group finishes a huge world tour. I’m sure fans, worldwide, will be sad to see the “old” Wiggles move on, but it will
be exciting to see what’s in store!

Planning a Wiggles Birthday Party!

Are you looking for a fun idea for your child’s next birthday party? Does your child love music? Dancing? Singing? Then consider inviting The Wiggles! Now, most families don’t have the budget to pay for a live concert at their child’s party. But you can have just as much fun with a little creative planning.

First, choose some of your child’s favorite The Wiggles songs. You can design your party’s games and activities around the music! The DVD “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” might be a good option. You can let the DVD play during the party and use the songs to keep the party moving.

For food, kids don’t expect too much, so keep it simple. One of the most popular The Wiggles songs is “Hot Potato,” so maybe you can use that song for some clues and have a potato item, a banana item, and spaghetti! Then, for the cake, you can stick to The Wiggles colors—yellow, blue, red, and purple. That should be easy enough! For party favors, you can send the guests home with a Dorothy the Dinosaur Dry Erase Door Hanger.

If you’re searching for a birthday gift for your Wiggles-loving child, consider a Henry the Octopus plush toy or a personalized The Wiggles totebag. You can also surprise him or her with a The Wiggles toy caddy or Dorothy canvas bookshelf! I’m sure they would love any of the wonderful The Wiggles gifts and toys available.

No matter how you design your child’s next party, inviting The Wiggles is a sure-fire way to make it fun for everyone! Singing and dancing makes everything better, doesn’t it?

Greg Page back on stage (with The Wiggles)

 

In January, the Wiggles announced that Greg Page, the original Yellow Wiggle, is returning to perform with the children’s entertainment group.  Greg had been struggling with illness for about 5 years.  Sam Moran was filling his place in Greg’s absence, and has offered to step down to allow Greg to return.

Greg will be reuniting with former band members Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook, and Anthony Field.  The Wiggles will be rolling out a new CD, television content, and DVD, as well as beginning to tour on a local and international level.  The tour will start in Australia in March and will kick off later this year in the UK and USA.

Manager Paul Field said, ““We thank Sam for his wonderful contribution to the group for the past five years. He joined at a difficult time for Greg and the group, and we’re so grateful for all he has done.” Field also said that the group will continue to make Hot Potato Studios available to Sam for future endeavors.

Sam says, “”I am very proud of my five years as the Yellow Wiggle and the group’s continued success with me as their lead singer.” However, Sam is also looking forward to other opportunities. “I have enjoyed every minute of my nine years touring with the group, but I now look forward to new opportunities and more time spent with my wife and two- year-old daughter,” he added.

With that said, I can’t wait until the Wiggles come to town!  They are supposed to tour Canada in October and November of 2012!  Keep posted for future upcoming tour dates.  They will announce their full schedule in August of this year.

The Wiggles Walk into Huge Success

Nothing has stood the test of time like the Wiggles.  The group started in Sydney, Australia in 1991. The Wiggles consist of Murray Cook, Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher, Greg Page, and Jeff Fatt.  Murray met Greg and Anthony at Macquarie University, where they were studying to become preschool teachers. Cook himself was in a number of bands before meeting these two individuals.  After meeting they all collaborated to created a school project.  This ultimately led to producing an album and subsequent touring.

From the beginning, the Wiggles understood that children have a short attention span, like to move around, and like to feel that they have a job to do.  Taking this into consideration, one of the Wiggles, Jeff, pretended to be asleep during their routine. The other Wiggles would request the children’s help by asking them to help wake him up.  The children really responded well to this and became very engaged.  As a result, the Wiggles have had more success than many popular bands, including Coldplay.  It can be argued that the Wiggles are the most successful children’s entertainers, second only to Disney.

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Greg Page back on stage (without The Wiggles)

We all know that Ty’s Toy Box president Ty Simpson is a huge fan of The Wiggles (allow me to refresh your memory, if necessary!), so it was no surprise to me when Ty was the one to forward this article along. It seems that former yellow Wiggle Greg Page was on stage last week:

HE MAY be missing Dorothy the Dinosaur and battling illness but not all is doom and gloom for Greg Page, the original yellow Wiggle.

Two years after quitting the popular children’s entertainment group due to illness, Page, 36, said he could see some upside in no longer being a touring artist doing hundreds of shows a year.

“I don’t miss travelling on buses overnight, or living out of suitcases,” he said. “But I miss doing the shows and going to places like New York.”

Page was in Melbourne yesterday, and back on stage for the first time since leaving the group, to perform MC duties at the City of Melbourne’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

“This is really the first showbusiness thing I’ve done in two years,” he said. “It is a step, and if it goes well for me physically then I think it will be a big step towards getting back to doing things in the public eye.”

The article goes on to say that Page rates Sam Moran, his successor, as “10 out of 10.” I guess that makes it unlikely that a yellow shirt showdown—maybe a wrestling match of some kind—might be forthcoming…?

C’mon. Admit it. That would be kind of awesome. “Which yellow shirt shall triumph and earn the right to call himself a Wiggle?”

Oh, fine. They’ll probably just shake hands and stuff. But my idea is totally better.