The fresh faces of popular kids entertainment group Hi-5 have been announced, with audiences set to see the new lineup for the first time when they headline the children’s segment at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve on Channel Nine.
Bailey, Courtney, Joe, Shay and Lachie are set to become household names as they prepare to wow young audiences on stage and screen. The five new cast members were chosen from more than 450 hopefuls after proving their “triple threat” talent – singing, dancing and acting – during a rigorous nationwide audition process.
“We were blown away with the enormous interest from performers across Australia wanting to be part of Hi-5,” Julie Greene, Executive Creative Director and Executive Producer for Hi-5, said.
“The judging process was extremely tough with so much talent on show, but we know our audiences will fall in love with the new members, just like we have.”
Hi-5 will have their first official public appearance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve when they perform at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight before heading into production for their new TV series that will screen on Go! Kids in 2017.
“We’re elated to have Hi-5 return to the Nine family. A new generation of Australian kids and parents will be able to discover this cherished children’s group reimagined for a modern world,” Hamish Turner, Nine Network Program Director, said.
“This is the first announcement in what will be a number of exciting new chapters for Hi-5, which will be a flagship children’s program on Nine. We look forward to supporting them both on Go! Kids and with touring, licensing and merchandising as they hit the road in 2017,” Alison Hurbert-Burns, Nine’s Head of Commercial Development, said.
For the first time since Hi-5’s inception 18 years ago, the producers invited performers around Australia to audition for all five spots in the elite children’s entertainment group and received an overwhelming response, staging over 200 auditions in four days.
Hi-5 was launched in Australia in 1998 with five performers entertaining children aged two to eight with music, movement, problem solving and play. Eighteen years later the children’s musical group is well known around the world, with an estimated audience of more than 10 million children globally enjoying Hi-5’s tours, music and TV shows.
In 2017, Hi-5 will perform to sellout crowds across Singapore, Asia and throughout Australia, as well as featuring in their new variety show for the Nine Network on Go! Kids, which goes into production in January. For more information on Hi-5 visit www.hi-5world.com.