Hi-5 (Australian band)

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For the television series of the same name, see Hi-5 (Australian TV series) and Hi-5 House.
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Background information
Origin Australia
Genres Children's music, edutainment
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts Hi-5 USA
Hi-5 UK
Website http://www.hi-5world.com
Members Stevie Nicholson
Dayen Zheng
Ainsley Melham
Mary Lascaris
Tanika Anderson
Past members Kathleen de Leon Jones
Tim Harding
Charli Robinson
Kellie Crawford
Nathan Foley
Sun Park
Fely Irvine
Casey Burgess
Tim Maddren
Lauren Brant

Hi-5 is an Australian children's musical group formed in 1998 which is associated with the children's television series of the same name.


In 1998, television producer Helena Harris, creator of Bananas in Pyjamas, created "Hi-5" when her two children outgrew Bananas. She and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans decided the new show would be aimed at children of all ages, would include educational trends as fun and games, and would feature music and movement that would attract children's attention.

The auditions for the hosts and the eventual members that would make up the group were held in June 1998, with the first program broadcast in April 5, 1999. Since then, the group has won five ARIA awards for "Best Children's Album" (in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004),[1] won three consecutive Australian Logie Awards (the Australian awards for television performance and production recognition) for "Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program" in 2000, 2001 (tied with Round the Twist) and 2004.

In 2006, Kathleen de Leon Jones became pregnant and Sun Park was found to temporarily replace Kathleen while she went on maternity leave. The beginning of series 9 showed Kathleen introducing the audience to Sun and asking her to look after her space while she had the baby. Later in the series, Kathleen returned to introduce everyone to her baby, Mikayla. In July 2007, Kathleen made the decision to permanently leave the group to focus on being a mom.

Also in 2007, Tim Harding was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which left him with injuries that required intensive care and rehabilitation. Just prior to this, Stevie Nicholson was hired as an understudy for Tim, so he took Tim's place when he decided he could no longer continue with the group.

In February 2008, Charli Robinson announced that she would be leaving Hi-5, having just completed filming series 10, and would stay with the group until a suitable replacement was found. Soon after, Casey Burgess was hired as Charli's replacement and began touring with the group.

In October 2008, Kellie Crawford (née Hoggart) announced that she would be leaving the group at the end of the year. A month later, Nathan Foley announced that he would be leaving the group too. In December 2008, Sun stated that Nathan and Kellie had not been pressured to leave and announced that she too would be leaving at the end of the year. The trio's final performance was at the 2008 Carols by Candlelight.

Auditions were then held to find three new Hi-5 members. In February 2009, on Mornings with Kerri-Anne, the new line-up was revealed, with Lauren Brant, Tim Maddren and Fely Irvine joining the cast. The cast remained the same for three years until December 2011, when Fely left the group. Her final performance was at the 2011 Carols by Candlelight. Dayen Zheng replaced Fely and the group spent the year touring.

Then, in December 2012, Casey and Tim announced that the year's Carols by Candlelight would be their last with Hi-5 and they would be leaving the group early in the new year.

In January 2013, Ainsley Melham and Mary Lascaris were announced as Tim and Casey's replacements. Hi-5's first movie 'Some Kind of Wonderful' was released in March 2013 and showed the audition process for Dayen, Ainsley and Mary, as well as taking a look back at the history of Hi-5.

In April 2014, Hi-5 travelled to Malaysia to film the second series of Hi-5 House. However, Lauren did not join them, instead being replaced by the group's understudy Tanika Anderson.

In June and July of 2015, Hi-5 will be touring around Australia with a new stageshow entitled "Hi-5 House of Dreams".


Current members[edit]

  • Stevie Nicholson (2007–present)
  • Dayen Zheng (2012–present)
  • Mary Lascaris (2013–present)
  • Ainsley Melham (2013–present)
  • Tanika Anderson (2014–present)

Former members[edit]

Original members[edit]


  • Chatterbox, also known as Chats, voiced by:
  • Charli Robinson (1998–2002)
  • Sophie Katinis (2002–2004)
  • Erin Marshall (2004–2006)
  • Noni McCallum (2006–2008)
  • Natalie Duarte (2008–2009)
  • Alycce Martins (2010)
  • Brianne Turk (2011)
  • Teigan Nash (2012)
  • Mary Lascaris (2013–present)
  • Jup-Jup, voiced by:
  • Tim Harding (1998–2007)
  • Noni McCallum (2007–2008)
  • Natalie Duarte (2008–2009)
  • Alycce Martins (2010)
  • Brianne Turk (2011)
  • Teigan Nash (2012)
  • Ainsley Melham (2013–present)

Replacement of cast[edit]


The band tours annually with programs based on their TV series. They have visited several countries in which they are popular, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.


  • 2000 It's A Party (Series 1 and 2)
  • 2001 Hi-5 Alive (Series 3)
  • 2002 Celebrate (Series 4)
  • 2002–2003 Hi-5 Alive (Series 4)
  • 2003–2004 Come On And Party (Series 5)
  • 2005–2006 Space Magic (Series 6)
  • 2006–2007 Live Action Hero (Series 7)
  • 2007–2008 Circus Stage Show Live (Series 8 and 9)
  • 2008 Party Street Tour (Regional Australia only, Series 8 and 9 reprised)
  • 2008 Playtime Tour (Series 10)
  • 2009–2010 Hi-5 Surprise! (Series 11)
  • 2011 Turn The Music Up (Series 12)
  • 2012–2013 Hi-5 Holiday! (Series 13)
  • 2014–2015 Hi-5 Hot Hits! (Hi-5 House Series 1 & 2)
  • 2014–2015 Hi-5 Best of! (All)

Hi-5 House[edit]

  • 2013–2014 Hi-5 House Party Tour (Series 1)
  • 2014–2015 Hi-5 House Hits Tour (Series 2)
  • 2015–2016 Hi-5 House of Dreams Tour (Series 3)

Performances and media appearances[edit]

Christmas concerts[edit]

Hi-5 were performers at the Carols by Candlelight shows on Christmas Eve since 2000 until 2012. For a few years, the group held a short concert preceding the Carols main event, and then included their set as part of Carols.[citation needed] Several cast have noted the Christmas Eve concerts as one of their highlights and because of this, it is often the last performance of departing members.[citation needed]


On 30 October 2009, Hi-5 performed at the UK shopping centre Westfield London for its first anniversary.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

Each album is listed with the year it was first released. Source: National Library of Australia


Year Series no. Title Peak position (AUS) Notes[note 1] Refs
1999 1 Jump and Jive with Hi-5 33 Platinum
2000 ARIA for Best Children's Album
2000 2 It's a Party 4 2xPlatinum
2001 ARIA for Best Children's Album
2001 3 Boom Boom Beat 3 Platinum
2002 ARIA for Best Children's Album
2001 It's a Hi-5 Christmas 3 Platinum [3][6][7]
2002 4 Celebrate 27 Gold
2003 ARIA for Best Children's Album
2003 5 & 6 Holiday 26 2004 ARIA for Best Children's Album [3][5]
2004 6 Space Magic      
2004 Jingle Jangle Jingle With Hi-5 5   [7]
2005 7 Making Music   Nominated-2005 ARIA for Best Children's Album [5]
2006 8 Wish Upon A Star 29 Nominated-2006 ARIA for Best Children's Album [3][5]
2007 9 WOW! 30   [3]
2008 10 Planet Earth   Nominated-2008 ARIA for Best Children's Album [5]
2009 11 Spin Me Round      
2010 12 Turn the Music Up!   Nominated-2011 ARIA for Best Children's Album [5]
2011 13 Sing It Loud   Nominated-2012 ARIA for Best Children's Album [5]

Hi-5 House[edit]

Year Series no. Title Peak position (AUS) Notes[note 1] Refs
2014 1 & 2 Hi-5 Hot Hits!      

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Hi-5 Hits (2003) – #10 Australia[3]
  • Hi-5 Christmas Gift Pack (2003)
  • All The Best (2008)
Multi-album packages
  • Hi-5 Double the fun (2000) – Jump and Jive with Hi-5, It's a Party
  • Hi-5 Triple Treat, Vol. 1 (2001) – Jump and Jive, Boom Boom Beat, It's a Party
  • Hi-5: Twice the funBoom Boom Beat, Celebrate
  • Hi-5 Triple Treat, Vol. 2 (2005) – Celebrate, Making Music, Holiday



  1. ^ a b All Australian certifications by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Awards are also by ARIA for Best Children's Album

Other versions[edit]

Also after the U.S. version, the UK has its own members and recently a Latin American group released the first season of the new Hi-5 series for the continent.


  1. ^ Hi-5 Make it 5 Arias, girl.com.au
  2. ^ "Why I left Hi- 5: Casey Burgess speaks up". The Straits Times. 2013-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Australian-charts.com - Search for: hi-5". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  4. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". ARIA Awards. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "ARIA Awards - Search results for 'Hi-5'". ARIA Awards. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  6. ^ a b c "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Albums". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Aria Catalogue Albums Chart - Commencing 1 December, 2014". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2002 Albums". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 

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