The latest founding member of The Wiggles has said the new band member could become one of the band’s most popular members.
- Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins recently announced her departure
- Anthony Field, the Blue Wiggle, says fans will kiss new member Tsehay Hawkins
- Field is set to tour with the other original members on an adults-only tour
Days after Emma Watkins announced she would be leaving The Wiggles at the end of the year, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field told ABC the sky was the limit for her replacement as the group entered a new era.
Field, 58, is the latest founding member of The Wiggles who is still with the group full time.
He is a major driving force behind the group’s three-decade success, playing instruments and being the creative director behind the scenes.
He is set to be joined by 15-year-old Tsehay Hawkins, who will become the official fourth Yellow Wiggle.
Field told ABC he believes fans will adopt Hawkins as the new Yellow Wiggle and continue to love the group.
âIt’s not like a rock band where, say, if the Rolling Stones lost Mick Jagger, you couldn’t call them the Rolling Stones anymore,â Field said.
âBut from a child’s perspective, Emma is leaving but you still have three more Wiggles.
“And of course Tsehay is coming now, she has her own wonderful personality.
“So there are a lot of other characters and still the music.”
Watkins left the group to focus on his doctorate and spend more time at home.
As the Yellow Wiggle, Watkins reached a level of popularity never before seen in the group.
In 2018, Field described her as âthe Elvis of the Wigglesâ. But his impact on reaching audiences who use Auslan to communicate has been one of his greatest contributions.
âWith the Wiggles she really taught us how to communicate with Auslan in Australia,â he said.
âEmma has inspired and will continue to inspire young girls in particular.
“You know, [she is] pretty amazing. [They’re] very big shoes to fill. “
Emma’s contribution through Auslan was the cornerstone of what Field said was the group’s biggest success.
He said the Wiggles’ ability to communicate with and entertain children for 30 years was more important than the group’s financial success.
âFor me, the big success has been communicating with the kids in a language they understand,â Field said.
âIf you talk about economics, it’s been an incredible business success. But it’s not really our heart and it’s not my heart.
“I love that we were able to communicate with the children and make them feel good for the little time they are looking at us or the time they are looking at us.”
Original cast ready for reunion tour
The Wiggles are now emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing to tour the country in 2022.
While the children will be the center of attention, the original members of the group will also gather for concerts with an adult audience.
Shows aimed at audiences over 15 years old will see Field reunite with Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt.
Field said he enjoyed the shows with the original members and that they highlighted the impact the Wiggles have had across generations.
âWe did a few of these shows a few years ago and these are absolutely the funniest and most joyous hours and a half,â he said.
âThey were kids when the Wiggles started and now as adults they’re coming in but want to have a good time.
âSo you have people in a mosh pit jumping up and down at fruit salad.
“[There’s lots of enjoyment and [its] full of atmosphere. “
He said his enthusiasm for upcoming shows underscored his love of being on stage.
Despite being the only founding member still permanently involved, Field has said he has no interest in stepping down anytime soon.
âI really love playing music so with The Wiggles on tour I can play music and I still love that,â he said.
“I said to [Red Wiggle] Simon Pryce, ‘Just pat me on the shoulder when I’ve been here too long.’ “