Eurovision 2023: "Keen as!" The Wiggles to represent Australia?
Years before Citi Zēni were singing about eating salad, The Wiggles famously sang 'fruit salad, yummy yummy.' Today, much to the joy of pre-schoolers, Mums and Dads, and the "older" fans worldwide, The Wiggles have shown an interest in representing Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Today The Wiggles responded to an article by LadBible about fans calling for The Wiggles to represent Australia at Eurovision, to which the band replied on social media with, "Keen as!" followed by coloured love hearts, a sparkle and music note emojis.
They may be a children's music group, but make no mistake, The Wiggles are a supergroup. First formed in 1991, The Wiggles have grown from their humble roots performing at a Sydney kindergarten, to worldwide domination. Their back catalogue is almost unbelievably vast, boasting fifty-nine studio albums, three live albums, nine compilation albums, one extended play, thirty-seven singles, two audiobooks, four karaoke albums, thirteen digital albums, two tribute albums, and thirteen other albums featuring solo group members or characters.
The Wiggles have earned multiple Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum records, they have sold 23 million DVDs and 7 million CDs, and they perform to an average of one million people per year. The Wiggles were listed at the top of Business Review Weekly's top-earning Australian entertainers four years in a row and by 2021, it was estimated that the group earns $30 million per year.
Is there and adult audience for The Wiggles?
It's all well and good being the world's leading children's entertainers, but is there an audience for the Big Red Car at Eurovision? The simple answer is, quite possibly! Since 2016 the original line up of The Wiggles have been performing 'adult only' concerts for their first generation of fans who are now grown up and looking for a nostalgic night out. The 'OG' Wiggles concerts have been wildly successful, with tickets completely selling out within five minutes. We are not talking small shows here either, 'OG' Wiggles shows sell out huge venues such as Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
Triple J Success
In 2021 The Wiggles enjoyed huge success on triple-j with their 'Like a Version' cover of ‘Elephant’, from Tame Impala’s 2012 album 'Lonerism', mixing it The Wiggles classic kid's favourite ‘Fruit Salad’. Their cover version of 'Elephant' was a huge hit, topping the iconic triple-j Hottest 100 in 2022.
What kind of music could we expect?
The Wiggles are seriously talented musicians and performers, composing all of their own songs. Each year they sequester themselves away for a month to work on new material for their TV shows, YouTube channel and extensive tour schedule. There is no doubt that they could come up with a truly unique Eurovision entry. The Wiggles, whether that be the current line up, or the 'OG' group are a musical powerhouse and they certainly have the potential to rock the Eurovision stage. We've seen space wolves from the moon at Eurovision, perhaps 2023 will see Wags the Dog and Dorothy the Dinosaur flying the flag for Australia.
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