The first female singer of The Wiggles is getting a lot of love from little girls.

Emma Watkins, 23, a former backup dancer for the Australian kids phenom, says she's been a fan since she was small fry herself. Now, she says, little girls love to dress up with a big bow to look just like her.

The Wiggles and their friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus will embark on a 35-city North American tour beginning in August. The Canadian dates include:

  • Aug. 27: Winnipeg.
  • Aug. 28: Saskatoon.
  • Aug. 30: Calgary.
  • Aug. 31: Edmonton.
  • Sept. 3: Vancouver.
  • Sept. 24: London, Ont.
  • Sept. 25: Ottawa.
  • Sept. 26: North Bay, Ont.
  • Sept. 27-28: Toronto.
  • Sept. 29: Hamilton, Ont.

The Australian quartet, who have entertained children for the past 22 years, saw all but one member of the original group turn in their coloured T-shirts at the end of 2012. But not before they had toured for six months with the new Wiggles: new purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie, red Wiggle Simon Pryce and yellow Wiggle Watkins.

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field is the lone original performer on the team.

"Children are very accepting of situations of change," Field told CBC News.

The child-centred philosophy of the group hasn’t changed, nor its message of healthy eating, dancing and singing. The members also continue to sing favourites such as Hot Potato, Twinkle Twinkle and Rock-a-Bye Your Bear. For the youngest fans, these new Wiggles will be the only ones they know, Field added.

Speaking in Toronto on Friday, The Wiggles talked with CBC's Zulekha Nathoo about their international appeal.