Just over a week ago The Wiggles made the huge announcement that they were expanding their line-up to eight people.
The rumoured annual salaries for the four new members have now been revealed, showing a rather large pay disparity compared to the originals.
According to Woman’s Day, the new Wiggles are rumoured to have signed strict contracts with salaries starting out at around $150,000 per year.
This is compared to Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins, who is reportedly making $750,000 a year.
Founding member Anthony Field is said to be the one who makes the most money, however, as he owns a majority share in the band that’s estimated to be worth a minimum of $50 million.
On top of this, the original Blue Wiggle also earns royalties and performance fees each year.
While the alleged salaries may be lower in comparison, the insider source tells the publication that the new members “aren’t complaining”.
“They know the power The Wiggles has to transform their lives,” they said. “It's still a great paying gig that so many other singers would kill for, particularly in the current climate.”
The shakeup to the iconic children’s group is intended to represent diversity and gender equality for their young audience.
The additional Wiggles are set to make their debut in the band’s new YouTube series Fruit Salad TV on September 4, which is dedicated to “celebrating and embracing all Australians”.
Among the latest additions is John Pearce, who is of Filipino descent and is set to bring his love of getting strong and working out as a personal trainer to the group.
The new Purple Wiggle is also well known for being a part of ARIA-nominated pop music group Justice Crew, who won Australia’s Got Talent in 2010 and had large success with their singles Best Night and Que Sera.
Also joining The Wiggles is 15-year-old Tsehay Hawkins, who was born in Ethiopia and is a Latin dance champion. Tsehay has previously worked with the band when creating TikTok content.
The group’s new Blue Wiggle, Evie Ferris, is a Taribelang woman who is a highly talented ballet dancer and yoga instructor. Evie is also the second First Nations woman to have joined The Australian Ballet.
Rounding up the group is Kelly Hamilton, who is of Chinese-Australian background and used to be a dancer for The Wiggles. She's also previously performed in other children’s shows, including Sesame Street, Justine Clarke and Dora the Explorer.
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