Welcome back to Hooping Idol. I’m Philo Hagen and I’m your host on this ever spinning journey in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star! The results from Slow Jams Week are in the video above. And what’s next for the seven finalists that will be continuing on? Let us tell you about it.
We’ve come to that point in the Hooping Idol competition known as Performance Week. The challenge: perform in front of real live human beings, not just in front of a video camera. Over the course of Hooping Idol our judges have been helping each of our finalists fine tune their hooping and performance skills and the time has arrived to put them to the test. The first part of the challenge this week is for each our of finalists to find an audience or bring one together. You can assemble your own or perform at a community event or gathering taking place in your area, just as long as there is a minimum of ten people on hand to enjoy the show. And this week we want to see an unedited video of your performance, posted with a camera view perspective of an audience member so that what takes place in the video can be seen just as if we (ie: the camera) were there with everyone else witnessing it first hand.
Performing can be more complicated than people think and to help facilitate that reality, we are going to be giving our finalists some additional directives. It’s not at all uncommon to have to wear something specific for a performance. Sometimes the directive comes from ourselves, like wanting an outfit that works with that Middle Eastern song you are going to use. Other times it comes from the party that hired you wanting you to work a theme, or the colors of a party or wedding, or perhaps the promoter who put the show together wants all the performers in something to unify all of the pieces – like clothing, for example. So given that performers don’t always have control over what they’re going to wear, let’s pretend you’re performing at a benefit for a non-profit promoting green living who wants all the performers to wear green in solidarity – including you. Your outfit need not be monochromatic – just make sure you’re wearing something green.
Performers often, as well, do not have control over their music. Hoopers are often hired because event planners want that certain something extra to happen to take that music performance to the next level. Hoop dancers and performers often need to get in synch with whatever that music is and make it work. We might prefer performances where we supply our own soundtrack and someone hits play and we do our own thing, but the reality is it doesn’t always work that way. Just ask Hoopsie Daisy, Hooping.org’s Assistant Editor who has performed with practically every big name DJ on the planet. Whatever is spinning when it’s time for you to go on has got to be your hooping inspiration. As Tim Gunn would say, you gotta “Make it Work!”. So our finalists are being given a performance soundtrack for them to use and all seven will be performing to the same song. How they choose to honor and interpret the music with their hoop performance is entirely up to them. Our finalists will post their Performance Week submissions to YouTube and Vimeo with the following title: Hooping Idol 2 Performance Week on Hooping.org. Videos must be posted no later than 11:59pm PST on Sunday, May 13th. In the meantime, on behalf of hoopers everywhere we sincerely applaud each and every one of our Hooping Idol finalists for their incredible contributions this week and we wish all of you the very best of luck.