Hi-5's not just for kids

Hi-5's not just for kids
KIDS ‘N’ MORE: Children’s music group Hi-5 counts teenagers and parents among their fans.

Mention children's entertainment programme Hi-5 and you would probably associate it with preschoolers.

But Mary Lascaris, 23, the fresh-faced brunette of the popular Australian quintet which helms the TV show, would have you know that its fanbase extends beyond hordes of little tykes.

"In Indonesia, we have 16-year-olds literally going ecstatic at the sight of us," she said in a phone interview from Melbourne.

"Then, there are the mums and dads who are more into our song-and-dance routines than their kids. They get a really good workout."

Lascaris and fellow Hi-5 member Ainsley Melham, 21, are the newest members, joining the group in March after aceing nationwide auditions in Australia.

Their co-stars are Stevie Nicholson, 29, Lauren Brant, 24, and Dayen Zheng, 23.

Local fans of Hi-5 will be excited to know that they are bringing their latest Hi-5 House Party live tour to Singapore next month, the first full-length ticketed performance by the current line-up.

Past Hi-5 members of the show's 15-year history have gone on to work on other projects.

In 2009, Kellie Crawford, 39, part of the original group, created a furore when she did a raunchy shoot for lad mag Ralph, Australia's equivalent of FHM.

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