10 years after shooting to fame as the first female member of The Wiggles, Emma Watkins finally made her reality TV debut on The Masked Singer where she wowed viewers with her incredible voice and stage presence as Zombie.
Now, the 32-year-old children’s entertainer has opened up about her decision to appear on reality TV at this stage in her career and which shows she would like to star in next.
“I think there’s obviously such a plethora of shows now that can be such a beautiful vehicle to learn about people's personalities,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“I have been asked to do quite a few shows, but it's always trying to find the right match, and so that's why I felt really drawn to this show because I did love Zombie a lot.”
Emma went on to say that her dream reality TV show would be “anything to do with animals”, but she wouldn’t want to go on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! because she thinks she would be “terrible”.
“I’m a bit of a MacGyver so I'd probably be okay trying to problem solve situations and help people out, but I'm not a very interesting person,” she shares.
“I'm quite boring. My mum would say that I'd be boring. She'd be like, 'Why would anyone be interested, Emma? No one’s interested in you Emma’.”
Speaking about her relationship with her mum, Emma believes that they would be perfect TV commentators on Gogglebox Australia.
“She and I have such a hilarious relationship,” she remarks.
“I always think if mum and I were on Gogglebox it would just be so brilliant. But that's why you can't have her on Gogglebox, because I think she'd just go off script and I just don't know if we can handle that.”
After leaving The Wiggles late last year, Emma recently launched her first solo project - a brand new character called Emma Memma.
The character, who wears an orange dress, peach-coloured shirt and butterfly hair clips, navigates challenges and adventures with her friends using sign language, mime, singing and drawing.
“The project really has been born from my PhD thesis, which I’m trying to wrap up at the moment,” she explains, before adding with a laugh, “I'm glad that The Masked Singer has been revealed because now I can tell my supervisor why I haven't been writing which is great.
“The project is about how can we integrate more sign language and visual gestures on screen for children's learning and give them a better understanding of what's happening on screen.
“Children's content is such a big world now and it's really about how clear can we be in our message on the screen to actually encourage them and support their learning from a visual sense.”
‘Such a big part of my life’
Despite no longer being a part of one of the biggest children’s music groups in the world, Emma says that The Wiggles are still a big part of her world.
“Funnily, one of the first people that called me after I got revealed on The Masked Singer was Locky [Gillespie],” she shares. “He was like, ‘Ah why didn’t you tell me!?’. And I was like, ‘I so wish I could’ve because I really needed your help!’.
“I still receive fan mail from children that grew up watching the Wiggles or really loved connecting with Emma Wiggle, so that's still such a big part of my life and will always be.
“I'm so grateful to have had that opportunity to build relationships and connect with families across the world, I just can't wait to see what we can do next.”
The Masked Singer continues 7:30pm Sunday on Ten.
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