The Amazing Hoop Race, Hooping.org’s new revolutionary contest sending teams of two on a virtual hula hoop race around the world, spun it’s way to France this week for a frightfully fun Halloween in Paris. But before we tell you all about it, for those just tuning in here’s what you’ve missed so far. First we met our 14 amazing teams, the race was explained and then they raced to the airport to get people hooping before flying to Porto Alegre, Brazil, for their Samba Hoop Dance Challenge challenge. There were three teams eliminated and the rest were off to Johannesburg, South Africa where they ran into their first detour. While some teams cooked up Isidudu or Pampoenkoekies, others hooped with wild animals before everyone competed in a South African Hoop Bliss Challenge inspired by Kwaito. Three more teams were eliminated and the rest were off to Paris.In Paris, our teams encountered their first roadblock. A Roadblock is a task that only one team member may perform. After being asked the question “Who is ready to descend?”, each team chose a member for the Roadblock challenge and those that were selected soon learned they were going to be hooping somewhere few people ever even see. They were going underground and into the Catacombs below the city, quite possibly one of the scariest places on earth. Each hooper doing the Roadblock met with Fred Charvet from the Boulogne Hoopers Vanguard who is also an avid urban explorer. A few friends of his came to film and teams were also given hand held cameras before they descended into the ancient, man-made subterranean passageways beneath Paris that hold the remains of more than 6 million people. When they returned to the land of the living they finally met our judges for this leg of the race. First there was Anossens of Hoopera.com. No stranger to online video challenges having made quite a name for herself during Hooping.org’s Hooping Idol competition last Spring, Anossens informed our teams they would be performing Halloween night at a popular gothic nightclub. The owner of the club had one request though, to see a Gothic Hoop Demo Music Video from each team before he’d allow them on stage. Their challenge for this week – to make that video, which couldn’t be more timely considering goth is the future! Enter our second judge who flew into Paris just for this. She’s not only a hooper, she’s no stranger to the gothic music video world as violin player for The Crüxshadows, one of the most popular Dark-wave bands in the world. Formed in the early 1990’s, their 15 years of success among the gothic, ebm, new wave, & dark electronic genres has earned them a near legendary underground status throughout the world. With well over a thousand performance shows worldwide and three #1 Billboard Hot Dance Singles to their credit, we couldn’t be more honored to have JoHanna Moresco keeping a close eye on things. Did you know The Crüxshadows just released “Valkyrie” – their amazing brand new EP? Score yours on iTunes. The team that comes in first this week is going score themselves an autographed copy of Valkyrie!
Our teams were to choose a gothic soundtrack and film their music videos on the streets of Paris. Their videos are being scored by our judges in four areas this week, 1) Hooping and Partner Integration, 2) Gothic Persona, 3) Parisian Flavor, and 4) Overall Presentation. How did they do on our challenge in France for All Hallow’s Eve? Let’s find out!