The original Wiggles group discusses the “suspicions” that arose early on
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The original Wiggles group discusses the “suspicions” that arose early on

The Wiggles reunite to help fight the bushfires and have trouble getting started.  Photo: Wiggles

The Wiggles reunite to help fight the bushfires and have trouble getting started. Photo: Wiggles

For almost every Australian who grew up in the 1990s and beyond, The Wiggles were a huge part of the TV experience growing up.

But try telling a friend who grew up abroad about four men singing Hot Potato in colorful ski suits, and it will be difficult to explain the entertainment phenomenon without an expression of confusion.

It turns out that this is a reaction that the band has been dealing with from the very beginning, although it was originally not only considered strange, but was met with much stronger reactions.

He shows up this morning Today to discuss their upcoming bushfire relief concerts, original Yellow Wiggle members Greg Page, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field, Red Wiggle Murray Cook and via video Purple Wiggle Jeff Fatt revealed that they had to overcome some obstacles to become the international superstars they are are today.

Explaining how the band came together, Anthony revealed that the group, which is made up of qualified early childhood teachers and met at Macquarie University, was initially viewed with “suspicion”.

“Men singing children’s songs were viewed with suspicion back then,” he told Karl and Ally.

“There aren’t many of us male kindergarten teachers, especially back then,” Murray added.

“It’s actually a good thing because men should be involved in raising children,” Anthony noted.

“It will never work”: the rejected group

Original members Anthony, Greg and Murray on TodayOriginal members Anthony, Greg and Murray on Today

Whose is going around now? Original members Anthony, Greg and Murray on the Today couch. Photo: Nine

The group also revealed that when they first contacted their agent, he was told in no uncertain terms that the idea was doomed to failure.

“She said, ‘There’s four of you, it’ll never work.’ There are too many of them that you will never make money from,” Greg explained.

The cruel irony, of course, is that the group has become a multi-million dollar operation, grossing over $28 million in 2012 when Jeff, Greg and Murray announced their disbandment.

The group now includes new members Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie and Simon Pryce, and Anthony Field is still going strong after 30 years.

A sold out charity concert

The original band The Wiggles perform in the Big Red CarThe original band The Wiggles perform in the Big Red Car

The Wiggles will perform to raise money for the bushfires. Photo: Getty Images

The four original members of the Australian children’s music group have announced they will reunite on Monday for a special one-off performance, marking their first time together in 14 years.

As could be expected, the concerts sold out like hot potatoes, with all tickets sold out in just ten minutes.

The group explained that after the shows sell out, a pay-per-view system is now available so those who missed out can watch the shows at home, with “every cent” going towards fighting the bushfires.

They join other influential Australians who have joined forces to help fight the fires.

Most importantly, Celeste Barber raised an impressive $45 million on Facebook, which was initially expected to raise a quarter of a million.

Athlete and motivational speaker Turia Pitt is spearheading a campaign to shop at affected businesses, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have pledged $1 million to the relief effort, and Russell Crowe is consistently raising awareness from the field as he fights to save his property in NSW Wales and surrounding area.

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