Former Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins reveals new character Emma Memma

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Former Wiggles star Emma Watkins has revealed her new children's character Emma Memma.

The 32-year-old, who left the children's group last October, finally unveiled the character on Sunday with a YouTube video, revealing she's ditching her signature yellow for orange.

After quitting the Wiggles last October, former Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has revealed her new kids' character Emma Memma. Photo: YouTube/Emma Memma
After quitting the Wiggles last October, former Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins has revealed her new kids' character Emma Memma. Photo: YouTube/Emma Memma

Speaking with The Daily Telegraph about her new character, Emma said, "We really wanted to keep it bright."

"Research shows that warm and bright colours are very intriguing for preschoolers," she told the publication. "Pink has always been a part of my wardrobe but orange is such a bright and happy colour, it is not as celebrated a colour because it is not a part of the primary spectrum."

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She added that the colour is about "moving forward" and that orange is symbolic of "being happy".

The tagline for Emma Memma is 'Sing. Dance. Sign.' with Emma sharing that she believes it's important for all Aussies to know at least a basic level of sign language, not just those who are hearing impaired.

During Covid, Emma studied sign and completed a Diploma of Auslan, revealing her passion for signing came after having a friend at school who had two hearing impaired brothers.

The entertainer will be releasing an album soon, and a TV show is also in the works.

Emma leaves The Wiggles

Emma announced she was leaving The Wiggles in October last year. Photo: Getty
Emma announced she was leaving The Wiggles in October last year. Photo: Getty

Emma announced she would be leaving The Wiggles in October last year, explaining at the time that she wants to devote more time and energy to her other passions.

"After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on," she began.

"Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life. For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn’t realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months."

Emma went on to say that she is "eternally grateful" to The Wiggles for allowing her to be the first female in the band, and she has "an abundance of bowtiful memories" she will treasure for the rest of her life.

"I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the Deaf community," she continued.

"As The Wiggles continue to evolve and someone new now steps into the yellow skivvy, I look forward to seeing children and families embrace them, just as I was when I began. I wish The Wiggles much continued success as they continue to delight children all over the world."

Emma was replaced by 16-year-old Tsehay Hawkins, who shared that she was honoured to join the group that she grew up watching.

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