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Meet the new Yellow Wiggle replacing Emma Watkins

Emma Watkins shocked fans on Tuesday when she announced she’s leaving The Wiggles after 11 years. 

And now, she’s set to be replaced by talented year 10 student and champion dancer Tsehay Hawkins, 15. 

The young dancer first joined The Wiggles family for their Fruit Salad TV series in August this year, wearing a red skivvy alongside four new castmates in a bid to promote ‘diversity’. 

Meet the new Yellow Wiggle replacing Emma Watkins: Tsehay Hawkins, 15, is a year 10 student and champion dancer who has just scored the role of a lifetime with The Wiggles

Ethiopian-born is a champion dancer and this year won four Latin dance titles at the World Latin Dance Cup, including first place salsa solo girl junior. 

Tsehay boasts 8,000 Instagram followers and always shares dance videos with fans.

The teen was adopted by Australian couple Robyn and Reg Hawkins at the age of seven months. 

The family are from Bargo, NSW, and she also has an adopted brother named Kendly, 10, who is from Colombia. 

Moving on: Emma Watkins shocked fans on Tuesday when she announced she's leaving The Wiggles after 11 years

Moving on: Emma Watkins shocked fans on Tuesday when she announced she’s leaving The Wiggles after 11 years

Talented: Tsehay is a champion dancer and this year won four Latin dance titles at the World Latin Dance Cup, including first place salsa solo girl junior

Talented: Tsehay is a champion dancer and this year won four Latin dance titles at the World Latin Dance Cup, including first place salsa solo girl junior

Back in 2016, ahead of a dance competition, her adoptive mother Robyn said the family love watching Tsehay connect with her Ethiopian heritage.   

‘When I see her doing Ethiopian dancing, it brings me to tears and seeing the reactions of the crowd is phenomenal,’ Robyn said at the time. 

She added: ‘It’s great that she expresses her heritage like she does and I’m so proud of her.’

Tsehay, who is originally from Ethiopia, said this week that she's thrilled to wear the yellow skivvy as an official new member of the band, saying: 'Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world!'

Tsehay, who is originally from Ethiopia, said this week that she’s thrilled to wear the yellow skivvy as an official new member of the band, saying: ‘Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world!’

On Tuesday, Tsehay said is thrilled to wear the yellow skivvy as an official new member of the band. 

‘Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world!’ she said in an Instagram statement on Tuesday. 

‘I grew up watching The Wiggles and I’ve already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series Fruit Salad TV.

‘I’m now incredibly excited and honoured to be joining them now in the yellow skivvy and to have the chance to go out on the road in the new arena tour, I can’t wait to meet all the Wiggly fans.’

Her story: According to The Daily Telegraph, Tsehay was adopted by Robyn and Reg Hawkins at the age of seven months. The family hail from Bargo, in NSW, and she also has an adopted brother named Kendly, 10, who is from Colombia

Her story: According to The Daily Telegraph, Tsehay was adopted by Robyn and Reg Hawkins at the age of seven months. The family hail from Bargo, in NSW, and she also has an adopted brother named Kendly, 10, who is from Colombia

She also paid tribute to Emma, saying: ‘Thank you Emma for leading the way!’

Emma announced her shock departure from the band on Tuesday, saying she wants to focus on her studies and family in future.

She was the first ever female Wiggle in the group and said that the pandemic made her realise what she wants in life. 

‘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 said in an official statement.  

‘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.

‘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.’

Emma finished, saying she is ‘eternally grateful’ to the band and wishes the band ‘continued success’.

'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,' Emma said in an official statement on Tuesday

‘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,’ Emma said in an official statement on Tuesday


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