Moran’s career gets a Wiggle on
IT LOOMED as a potentially daunting task, but Sam Moran has taken to wearing the famous yellow skivvy with an air of indifference.
Apart from the occasional case of mistaken identity and a little more attention in the street, the new yellow Wiggle (left) says his move from support act to Wiggles frontman has been an easy shift.
‘‘It’s been a gradual transition for me personally,’’ clean-cut Moran says. ‘‘But maybe being on television every day now, it might prompt a few more double-takes in the street or down the supermarket aisle.’’
Moran is in his 11th year with the Wiggles, but the new ABC1 show Wiggle and Learn is the first time parents and children will have seen him on TV wearing a yellow skivvy.
The Wagga Wagga-raised Moran, who studied classical voice and music education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, hosted the offshoot Dorothy the Dinosaur stage show in 1998.
Later he appeared for the Wiggles as Professor Singalottasonga and Dapper Dave on stage and screen, and also understudied yellow Wiggle Greg Page.
But when Page could no longer perform because of a chronic health condition, Moran stepped in.
‘‘For the most part the children have understood the changeover and have really accepted it, which has been fantastic and helped me,’’ Moran says. ‘‘Greg was involved in the decision for me to take over and he is dealing with his condition at the moment as best he can.’’
As well as providing a career, Moran also has the Wiggles to thank for finding love in wife, Lyn, who was the person inside the Dorothy costume.
Moran is thrilled with the new songs and segments that have gone into the new 52-episode show.
Guests on the new show include Troy Cassar-Daley and effervescent singer Leo Sayer.
‘‘Leo is amazing,’’ red Wiggle Murray Cook says. ‘‘Sam’s a bit younger than me but the rest of us grew up seeing Leo on Countdown so it was a bit of a thrill to work with him. He’s kind of like the fifth Wiggle in a way because he’s full of life.’’