Hooping Idol 2: Circus Week

Hooping Idol Circus Week Are you ready for a circus carnival extravaganza? Then welcome to Circus Week for Hooping Idol 2, our award winning contest that is leading all of us on an ever spinning journey in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star! For this challenge our finalists needed to create a hooping video inspired by our theme “Circus”. They were reminded to pay attention to our Ten Easy Hooping Video Tips, to have fun and to make it count because when the circus moves on six of our finalists will not be coming with us. Seated at our judges table today are three amazing hoopers with incredible credentials including Anah Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution, Canadian hooping legend Babz Robinson of Wild Girl Hoops, as well as quite possibly the most famous hula hooper on the planet – Marawa The Amazing of MarawaTheAmazing.com in the UK. Rich Porter of Isopop has the week off. Our finalists are once again presenting their videos and our judges will once again be sharing their thoughts and comments. So without any further ado, step right up and grab yourself some cotton candy! We proudly present our 16 remaining finalists, in the order their submissions were turned in, for a Hooping Idol Circus Week extravaganza!

1. LAURA ORCUTT of Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Super cute beginning and set up Laura! I also loved that close up shot of you in the hat at the beginning. I would have liked to see more like that to break up the hooping segments. Also, I would love to see you play to the camera a bit more and show your personality through your facial expressions. Your hooping looks great! One note: if you are going to bring a leg out and you are not flexible enough to make nice lines when you grab your ankle (don’t worry, I’m not that flexible either), I would find another position that does. As in, you could lean forward and put your arms straight out and your leg straight out behind you instead!

Babz: Really liked the different locations and cutting between shots so we weren’t looking at the same scene for too long. Your outfit change was great too cause I was a little worried at the very beginning with the clown wig, then had a huge sigh of relief when you cut to the great close ups – but i would have LOVED to have seen more of them in your hooping when I started to become disengaged with you because you didnt look at your audience or smile at us.

Marawa: I totally forgot about Britney! Well, you have chosen some strange backdrops!! I love the dog at the start – so weird?!?! I think the darkest space shows your skills the best with that hoop and we can see your face too – bonus!! It gets a bit lost in the other backdrop which makes it hard to watch your tricks. I am sure it feels nice sliding around the space in your socks too – but dont forget you are making these videos for us to watch! We want to be entertained! I wanted either some shoes or a massive slide across the floor! Think big impact! Nice work!


2. HARLOW, aka Natasha Halliday, of Christchurch, New Zealand. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: WOW! Harlow, I loved it! Great use of theme and character and your hooping was appropriately big and sparkly. I really don’t have much constructive to say about this because I was too busy being entertained. Which is a REALLY good sign! Keep it up!

Babz: Wow! Loved the music choice! It went sooo well with your story and allowed for some really nice tempo changes. What an amazing story you told too getting us all sucked into your daydream and silent film theme. I laughed out loud at how easily swayed you were by the handsome young man. You showed some really great expression with the hoop, but some more eye contact with us would really add a lot so that I want to come run away with you too! By the way, hooping in a corset? So hard! I can’t even hoop with my hair down. Aaaaaamazing video.

Marawa: Is that you? This is quite a transformation! I cant believe this is the same green disco monster. I love that you seem to have incorporated a lot of really ‘circus’ hoop moves – the music is great! And the story is sweeet!! But why are you in the background? If you want to be Hooping Idol you need to be up front and center. I wanted to see the other hoops in the tree getting used as well – don’t tease us with 3!


3. CHAD FORSBERG of Boulder, Colorado, USA. If for some reason this video isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Chad! Your hooping is top notch and you could possibly have the most raw talent of anyone in here. Double knee breaks.. YES! I am going to have to try that. I loved the setting, so beautiful! But I didn’t really get how the two elements were supposed to tie together? I fear that if you don’t put more thought into the concepts of your videos you may get left behind.

Babz: Man, am I ever a sucker for a man in suspenders and a top hat! Sigh…
Thank you so much for smiling at us!!! It made me feel really engaged and I couldn’t help smiling too. Your enthusiasm was extremely infectious. Some outstanding hooping Chad! Was loving those double knee breaks, but would have loved to have seen a little more of a story being told and a little more of a circus theme going on. The ending was also very abrupt and I really would have loved to have felt more “closure” at the end.

Marawa: Where are you?! Sheesh! I wanna go there! So pretty… You look happy – that is nice. The hooping on the bears face is so good! I wanted to see more of the 2 hoops – that looks great on camera. I think you have so many great moves and this is video so you should watch them back and see which ones have the most visual impact. Finale!! Chad where is your finale?? Theses videos all tell a story in some way – I want there to be a clearer ending – or finale move!


4. DIGITALIS, aka Jessica Davis, of Orland Park, Illinois, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Digitalis, I loved the setting, the music and your outfit. Super circus-y! You have got some fancy tricks there too. Now if only you would dance more and in general show a little more energy through your body and face, the whole thing would go up a notch! It appears to me you are thinking your movements a bit rather than feeling them. I would suggest hooping blindfolded to your favorite music and really challenging yourself to DANCE through your tricks!

Babz: Great music and very circusy with the fabric framing the shot. Loved that you were smiling and making eye contact with us, but I would love to see even more! The fire eating, silks and poi were really a nice touch and I liked that you kept them short so that we could still focus on your beautiful hooping! I would have liked to have felt more engaged with what you were doing, with maybe more of a story going on and more eye contact held a little longer. I think more shots with different angles would really add a lot more visual interest to the video too. Oh, and did I mention I want those pants!?!

Marawa: Okokok. Your getting serious now – so am I. Obviously there was some great planning on this set up. It looks great – the curtains do clip some of your bigger hoop movements – but not a big deal. The two things I want you to work on next time (because I get the feeling you are a sticking around!) are: looking at the camera – we are watching you! I wanna see more of your face! And musicality – your seem to vaguely work to the music, but I think you could use it even more – hit each change in the music stronger with your moves. Oh – and the finale! It only happens once, so make something of it! Super costume, and I loved all the other circus skills at the start! Champion!


5. SHANNON HERRINGTON of Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Shannon, you are super cute! I love that you really let your personality shine and loved the outfit. I liked the set up, but I think you could have utilized different angles or more locations to jazz up your video a bit. Because you don’t have as big a repertoire as some of the other hoopers on here I think you will have to kick up the video components a bit to stay ahead of the pack. Hooping wise I would like to see you get into some angled core hooping and really pump up the dance!

Babz: Was glad to see you create more of a story this week with a outfit that suited the theme and great hair! Was also great to see some tempo changes in your hooping that went right along with your music. I would have kept the beginning shorter as it was a full minute before we got to see you hoop! Many of the elements in the background created visual clutter which was at times quite distracting, like the chickens?

Marawa: You are hilarious! Your video last week made me very happy – this one is just bizarre!! I want to see more of that bear hooping! I want a hooping bear. I don’t think this backdrop helped you out though, as it was quite distracting and the hoop was a bit lost at times. Loved the music, loved your ‘drowning’ moves and your collapse at the end. Yessah!


6. MARGAUX / LILA CHUPA-HOOPS of Paris, France. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: OOH! Love the outfits (seriously, I want the one with the coat tails, so cute!), love the setting and love the song too (though it was almost not circus-y enough). You have some great hooping moments in there. One note is that if you are going to do isolations they should be clean. Your transitions from isolations to regular spin were kind of muddy. I would work on those in front of a mirror and get them really tight. Also, though I LOVED that you played to the camera a lot, I kind of got the feeling that you were looking into a mirror or something. I think you should either not look directly at the camera or if you are, really commit to your character by adding other dimensions of expression and relatedness.

Babz: Oh Margaux! Your outfits are stunning!!! Beautiful presentation, very polished and it was fabulous that we got a clear view of your face the whole time. Fantastic that you held eye contact with us for so long too, rather than just looking up once in a while – it really retained my interest. Absolutely adored how you beckoned us through the curtain to the other space too with a whole new look and the square hoop. Hard to pin point what it is that I want more of when I watch this, but I think it comes down to wanting to see more emotion portrayed through your hooping with even more body language and more emotion on your face. I absolutely loved watching this video!

Marawa: FINALLY!! Circus yeah!! The costumes – j’adore!!! So so great! Loved the square hoop and the backdrops are really interesting. To me you definitely come across as someone who has worked with audiences before. I wanted a few wider shots so that I could see more of your full movements and the hoop too, but overall I think you made one of the cleanest videos this week in terms of backdrops, costume and composition. Good work lady!!


7. VAN DOAN, aka Zaylaa, of Santa Ana, California, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: So uber cute Van! I loved the exchange between the two characters and the setting was awesome! I would like to see more pizzazz with your hooping though. The movements and dance are there, but it looks like you are being too careful. Try to breath, let go and let yourself get excited a bit more.

Babz: Great music choice and intro! I literally got goose bumps looking at those creepy carousel creatures! I would have loved to have seen you carry this feeling you created through the rest of the video somehow. Great that you played multiple characters here and you had a great story going on! I loved your adoring fans and there was lots of great smiling and eye contact to hold our attention. Your music in parts was incredibly well timed with what we were seeing on the screen and your movements really helped to punctuate it. Would like to see you amp up your body language to help us feel you feel the hoop.

Marawa: The mad clown bit is the best – it’s interesting and something new – it makes a nice change to everything else. Your movement in that section is great. The carousel is sweeeet! I like that bit, but your actual hooping I find a little repetitive, I would like to see some new angles, or bigger movements perhaps. Really cute story though and loved the 2 characters.


8. AIDAN JEAVONS of Brighton, England, UK. If for some reason this video is not viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Ha! I love the concept, but wait – which judge am I? Your isolations are almost there, just do some work in front of a mirror or do them two handed. I liked your two hoop work as well, but I still think you could have a little more confidence and pizzazz with your movements. You seem like such a grounded, mellow kid, which is awesome, but let your hooping be the place where you can bust out and get a little more excited!

Babz: Ahh ha ha ha ha! Loved the Lego! I couldn’t stop laughing when you’d cut to them to them as your audience and judges! Too funny! You clearly worked on showing that you were feeling the music which did impress this judge! But I still want more. I’d like to see you work on refining what your arms and hands are doing while the hoop is not in them, particularly during chest breaks and core hooping. I really liked how you timed your hooping to the music and had a full story with a beginning middle and end.

Marawa: Another great outfit Aidan. I feel like you have a great team working behind you on these videos! VERY good use of lego men. I really liked the set up and your tricks are really smooth which is nice. Now just give the camera some! I wanna see your face – you gotta sell it! Circus is showbiz! Let’s see some teeth! Super skills as always and I love the story!


9. HANNAH FLETT of Exeter, England, UK. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Holy shammoley Hannah! Great great job! I loved the setting and the variety of elements. I mean, hooping on a unicycle? C’mon, that’s just plain rad! I loved that your personality shone through as well, though I could still see you thinking through some of your tricks. All in all, fantastic!

Babz: You really pulled off some sweet multi-tasking with the juggling and unicycling. Wow! Your great eye contact and smile and your FANTASTIC facial expressions had me smiling the whole time and laughing at the end, and you carried a lot of energy throughout the video which I love to see. But a little more detail in the location and background would have really helped out a lot here as well as something to glue everything together like a story or a strong uniting element. Love your enthusiasm!

Marawa: There is a lot of circus in here!!! You are so good at circus tricks!!! Unicycyle, Win! Juggling, Win! Black leotard, Fail! I want a costume! It looked a bit too much like gymnastics. That was the only thing I think that was letting you down. There was a lot of great skills and you are very competent with them, now you need to get showbiz on them and sell them to the camera! The wink was great at the end – more stuff like that please and I loved the splits finale!


10. MAX ANTHONY of Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Hmmm, this was more “Labyrinth” to me than circus, but I did like the costuming and characters. The story was a little unclear and I thought the song was too long to not have any changes or real dance beat come in. Your hooping is great, nothing really to add there, except perhaps to work on cleaning up your planes and transitions a bit to make them more snappy!

Babz: Your music had an interesting creepiness to it, as did you being controlled by the people in the masks, but your movement didn’t seem to convey a lot of feeling or character. Maybe you didn’t have the music there with you in the woods? I know there was a story going on here, but I don’t think it was clear what it was supposed to be. I did like the forest setting and multiple angles, but unfortunately there was a lot of camera shake that made some of it hard on the eyes. The glimpse of your shining smile I got last week for disco week makes me wish that you had created something that would have let us get to know you better and see that smile again!

Marawa: Scariest circus ever! I thought they might all turn on you at one point. Ahh!! They did!! I liked the transformation into fire! How did you get out of the woods in the dark?! I dont want to know. I would have tried to make this a bit tighter, maybe 1 minute less, to keep it punchier. Love the gold gloves, and the battle – but by wearing the mask we lost your face so then it was all about your body and movement – you could have exaggerated this even more. I think you could have ended on the fight ‘death’. Not sure how circus this was, but loved the fire and the battle anyway!


11. ROXANNE RIDGE of London, England, UK. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Super cute story, Roxanne! I liked your outfit too and that you were willing to get close to the camera. When it came to the actual hooping sections though, you seemed like you were either bored or not too happy to be hooping. I would work on really enjoying yourself in there and working your moves until you can smile and express through them!

Babz: The lion love story was super cute and I loved how the different scenes had you all over London – and hooping in the rain no less! And you sitting in the bar on your iPhone gazing at a picture of your love, too funny! Unfortunately, I wished you showed some of your passion and freedom with us while connecting with the hoop. I would have loved to have seen more emotion and expression projected through body language and use of some facial expression and some eye contact. Let us know when the kittens will be arriving!

Marawa: Hasn’t the weather been terrible?! London, fail. But the umbrella hooping is the best. I loved that bit – a nice story too – I really liked the red and blue lights. They looked really nice with the hoops, but we definitely needed more of your face. Look at the camera please, cute lion!


12. DANNI IREDALE of Leicester, England, UK. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Danni, you are so silly! I am a big fan of abject silliness for sure, but I would have loved to see your circus elephant in a more circus-y environment and a little back story on why the elephant was hooping in the first place. It’s hard to really comment on your hooping since the outfit was so distracting, but it’s clear you have some skills to be able to hoop in that at all, so kudos on you for that!

Babz: Your hooping had a lot of energy and was really clean, but was lacking in imagination. I would have loved to see you get more creative by adding more story and effort going into the background or maybe some multiple angles to keep it more visually interesting. Loved your elephant suit! Where does one even find something like that?!

Marawa: Hahaha, loved this costume! Nice to see some good skills and tricks too. You almost seem to start irish dancing at one point?! Love the last spin up – very niiice. I think you made the most of what you could do in a one room video. Maybe next time explore the outside a bit?


13. CALLY CHAVEZ of Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. If for some reason thiS isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Cally, I love your hooping, but this song is way too long to have you you hooping in the same setting the whole time. It doesn’t matter how amazing what you are doing is, or how beautiful your hoop is, anything in the same setting for too long gets dull. Your awesome hooping would have more impact if you had shortened the song quite a bit, changed the camera angle here and there or added more story. And I want to see you playing to the camera occasionally, or at least being closer to it for some shots so we can really see YOU!

Babz: Very circusy music and you had some great body language, so we could feel you enjoying yourself – especially when you spin. Your hooping was nice and clean. Some cuts and multiple shots would have been really nice to break things up visually. Something tells me that a piece of music better suited to your energy would have worked better for you too, as the slow pace of the music almost seemed to hold you back. I love seeing all that hair flying around and would die to see you really let go!

Marawa: You are right – such a great space! I liked what you did, but it was a bit long and ‘creative drops’ are a good skill for live performances, but given that this is video – unless its an amazing recovery from an amazing drop then I would leave the mistakes out! The hoop looks great – maybe you could have made more out of the patterns and shapes that hoop can make. That hoop is SO DAMN PRETTY!! Happy you put a nice finishing pose in there!


14. JASMINE LEONG of Canberra, Australia. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Wow… What great friends you have! Loved the setting. You really brought the Circus! I would like to see more energy through your hooping though. Perhaps some strength training to be able to put more oomph in your movements would help also. In general, I thought you hooped just a bit too slowly for the song and it appeared less confident than I think you are capable of. I absolutely loved the character elements though.. Brava!

Babz: Great show! Really well done and I loved the old school circus theme you guys had going. It was all soo very circusy – I loved it! The hooping was clean, but was rather flat feeling. I wished you had done a bit more moving around and dancing. You had a great smile going, but more eye contact would have been even better. I would really enjoy getting to see more of your personality and more character come through in the next video.

Marawa: Beautiful set up – now smile at the camera please! I like the ringmaster, he is making eyes! It would have been nice to see the hoop spin on the second silks position, as it was shot from a better angle. The first one was a bit clunky. Oh but such a nice bridge! That’s my favourite bit. You didn’t need all those other bits. There is a lot going on in this video – I think you could have cut this down a bit as some skills were much better than others – ie. the dive roll!! Hahaha the dive roll!!! Genius!! Great finish!


15. HEATHER DENHAM of Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, trying viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Whoa… I totally thought you were naked in that first shot. HA! Loved the idea and thought that you could have added another character chasing you into the various doors to make the story make more sense. Great layers with the various skills and characters though. Yes! Still need to get a few more variations in speed and perhaps levels going, but other than that, super fun hooping!

Babz: AAAWESOMEE!!!! I loved this sooo much!!! The story was excellent and it was so entertaining to watch you become different characters and not to mention seeing such obvious enjoyment on your face and great eye contact! You are soo cute! The ending was great and I have no idea how you ever ended up getting that hoop in the door (or at least your friend that rolled it). And I must say that I’m incredibly happy that you never ended up in that creepy clown suit! This video was definitely one of my favorites!

Marawa: Nice to see you working with the music a bit – timing wise, a lot of people are missing that – so good one! I like the format – the 3 doors, etc. Good think you had that body stocking on! HA! There would be alot more going on in this video without it. The hat catch, yeah! Thats cool. I couldn’t work out what you kept running away from though. Over all it’s sweet – but a little too long, you could trim some of the tricks down I think. Great face paint!


16. SARAH SPARKLES, aka Sarah Strahler, of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Best multi-hooping so far! I loved your energy throughout. It looked like you were really enjoying yourself! I loved that you used different levels, stops and speeds to keep things fresh. I think the video was too long though, try to keep it a bit shorter, and I wasn’t sold on the living room. Perhaps if you had hung more red curtain and moved the plant? Pay close attention to your setting, keep up your dancing and enthusiasm and you will go far in this competition for sure!

Babz: Loved that you were so into the hooping and the music Sarah! Your smile and eye contact kept me really interested, but even though you had multiple scenes including a very circusy carousel, I feel like your video and your self could have exuded a little more circus. The shots of you in the living room are nice cause we can see you clearly, but the big red line through the shot was a distraction, as well as the background could really have used some circusi-fi-ing. But overall I really enjoyed watching you hoop.

Marawa: The carousel backdrop is beautiful! Meanwhile, what are those cables on the floor?! Get em out of the way! Ah! Finally some multiple hooping! You are totally a smiling person. I can tell, give the camera some! C’mon! It’s a video! Overall this was a bit long, the tricks are a little repetitive and if you are going to use multiple hoops, build up to it. Don’t go from 4 back to 1. Work your way up! Ha! Did you leave your daughter in the café all that time? Or was she filming?! She is adorable.


There you have it, your Hooping Idol 2 finalists and their Circus Week video submissions. The time has come to cast your vote(s) and you can vote for as many as 4 of our finalists that you want to see continue on in the competition. You can only cast one voting ballot. Are you ready? Let’s vote!


Your Hooping Idol 2 Circus Week ballots are being accepted for the next 24 hours only and voting will close on Wednesday, May 2nd at 4:00pm PST. The six finalists with the least amount of votes this week will be eliminated from the competition and the remainder will be moving on to the next round. Stay tuned for the results of Circus Week along with the details for our next Idol challenge.

13 thoughts on “Hooping Idol 2: Circus Week

  1. Chad… we love the pure hooping skills you demonstrate; and the smile and encouragement you offer to all within this hooping.org website.

    You can hoop my son; you can hoop!
    We are all missing you in Michigan; but, glad Colorado is good!!!!!

  2. Wow. I am so impressed and inspired by the level of creativity in these videos. Everyone came here this week to ENTERTAIN!! The storytelling was incredible and it’s so fun to see the originality of each contestant shining through. It’s astounding how far some have come from the first week in terms of confidence and commitment. Well done!!

  3. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Hooping Idol our server crashed at 6:30am and was down for a couple hours. Apologies for any inconvenience and voting has been extended until 4pm PST today as a result.

  4. DIGITALIS…….WOW!!! I’m so impressed how you perform wish ease and make it so exciting to watch…..your moves, your costuming, you were right on with the disco moves and wow us with your circus show…..Very entertaining! Never realized “Hooping” can be so entertaining. I want more of you!!!!

  5. I voted for my good fren, Sparkles!
    but, Margaux!!! Your video was the only one I didn’t get bored with 1/2 way through! exceptional!!! I’m inspired to go make a square hoop!!! and your costumes were to die for! and the come hither look in your eyes??? it was pure excellence! I hope you make it to the next round, because I want to see what you come up with!

  6. Hanoop!
    I vote for you magic number 9
    Although I just saw voting ended om my 2.. oh well, I’ll vote next time! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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