It’s our exciting third week of Hooping Idol everybody, our award winning contest that is leading us all on an ever spinning search in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star! For those of you just tuning in, here’s what’s happened on Hooping Idol 3 so far. We met our 21 finalists for season three and met our four distinguished judges. The first challenge was 90s Dance Hits Week and five hoopers were sent home. Next we hooped it up country when Hooping Idol Went Country and six were eliminated, leaving us with Hooping Idol 3’s Top Ten.
After spending a week on the farm, we decided it was time to class things up a bit. We were in need of some elegance and decided we could best find what we were looking for in Fairy Tales. Each finalist was to choose a classic fairy tale, adopt a persona for their chosen story, and create a hoop inspired video. We told them to include at least 30 seconds of classical music, reminded them once again of Hooping.org’s Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video, and let them loose in their imaginations. One Hooping Idol finalist, Jamee Campbell from Melbourne, Australia, was unable to complete the challenge. She will be missed and this means that instead of eliminating three this week, we will only be eliminating two more.
We’ve already introduced you to our distinguished panel of judges and seated at our table for Season 3 we have four amazing hoopers with incredible credentials: Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution, Babz Robinson from Canada, Marawa The Amazing from the UK, and the incomparable Mat Plendl. They’re sharing their thoughts this season on what all of our finalists are up to, plus they have a vote this year in who will be awarded the title of Hooping Idol and spin away with our Ultimate Hooping Idol Prize Package.
What’s in that prize package? It’s time to find out! Hooping.org would like to thank all of our prize sponsors for their generosity and support of Hooping Idol and urge you to support those who are giving back to our community. Thank you all soooo much! The total value of our Idol prize package this year is more than $2,500 and there’s a few more things in the wings that might have it grow even bigger. How exciting is that? Here’s what we know about for sure so far –
Our Hooping Idol 3 Ultimate Prize Package starts off with a totally rockin’ registration to one of Hoop Revolution’s upcoming teacher trainings for 2013 to learn even more from the Mother of Hoop Dance herself – Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach (a $600 Value), and when it’s all said and done and over you’ll have the full scoop on how to teach hooping based on a curriculum that virtually every other these days has been based on. That’s right, you’re going to be learning from the original – and wait, there’s more! You’ll also be getting your very own Original EcoHoop™ from Hoop Revolution® as well – the world’s first recycled plastic hoop that you can totally feel good about spinning (Spring sale price $25, regularly $34.99) in every sense of the word. And guess what? You’ll also get your evolution in motion™ with Hoop Revolution’s highly anticipated Core Foundation DVD!
We’re so excited this year to also have the honor of sending the next Hooping Idol to Hoopcamp 2013, the biggest annual event specifically for hoopers on the planet. Held this year at a Tibetan Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California, and now in it’s 6th year, you’ll not only be experiencing five days and four nights of the most incredible workshops, hoopjams, healthy food and more surrounded by California redwoods, spinning things up with hoopers from around the globe – you’ll be performing in Hoopcamp 2013’s Amazing Hooper Showcase ($549 value).
If you’re going to be a Hooping Idol then you’re going to need the most kickass rockin’ LED hoop on the planet. We’re talking, of course, about the brand new Atomic Evoke 4 with DOUBLE the LEDS from Astral Hoops! Doubling the LEDs not only makes your new hoop super bright, it also helps the more complex patterns being created stand out with a whole new freakin level of clarity ($449 value)! Wow!
We also really want to support our new Hooping Idol too in being able to take things to the next level by giving you two months of site-wide graphic advertising ($200 a month, a $400 value) to get your name, performances and business out there. With more than 10 million hits to our name, Hooping.org is the ultimate place to reach hoopers and those who wanna be. In fact, we had more than 50,000 hits from 35,000 unique visitors last week alone, making the actual cost of advertising with us ridiculously cheap. Do the math! It’s no wonder our advertisers stick with us and with your ad on Hooping.org you’ll be well on your way.
We also want our new Hooping Idol to be able to set the night on fire, and look even hotter doing it. That’s why we are psyched to inform you that our Ultimate Hooping Idol Prize Package this year also includes a sizzling five wick Harmonic Hoops fire hoop so you can burn it up ($130 value)! YAY! And Harmonic Hoops are made by our 2012 Fire Hooper of the Year, Olive Marie. She knows first hand all about the need for breatheable and cute costumes for performances too which is why she started Harmonic Threads as well and you’ll be scoring a $50 gift certificate towards getting your hands on one of her awesome hand made creations for your very own.
In case we’re missing anything, don’t worry! Our friends at HoopSupplies.com have got you covered. Your one stop shop for hoop making supplies and more is giving our Hooping Idol a $200 gift certificate (including shipping) so you can get exactly what you want and need.
Our second and third place finishers will also receive a $50 gift certificate from HoopSupplies.com and a $25 gift certificate from Harmonic Threads. Hooping.org thanks all of our Hooping Idol prize sponsors again for their generosity and support. It wouldn’t be Hooping Idol without you! Thank you so much!
Now, are you ready for some hooping fairy tales? Good, because something magical is heading our way! It’s Fairy Tales Week on Hooping Idol and after you’ve watched our nine remaining finalists you can cast your vote for as many as three hoopers that you want to see move forward in the competition. Please keep in mind that this page is video heavy and may take awhile for your browser to load. Thanks!
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Anah: Ooh! Playful, whimsical and talented… I loved the edits between one fantastic hoop moment to the next and your movement really suited the music. And OMG, the grandma and the battle with the wolf… awesome! I loved the whole thing, totally funny, but you didn’t lose your element of dance or WOW with your hooping. Good work!
Babz: This style of hooping seams to suit you better than anything I’ve ever seen from you! Your best video yet! Stoked to see you get more expressive with your movement and loved the story telling throughout your video.
Marawa: Haha, I love your outfit and your muddy shoes. All your videos make me want to be in the countryside = Wowsers your 2 hoop tricks are great. I love how you build the routine, it keeps it entertaining. Love love love! Your movement is so expressive which is really refreshing, its nice to see such a good mover! and great costumes too! Ha, dupstep wolf. YES!
Mat: Rock on Red Riding Hood! Nice use of supporting players. Story elements are very clear and easy to follow. There are some brief glimpses of some pretty impressive multi-hoop work (4 hoops! 6 hoops!) – would like to have seen more – like how you got into those poses. Given the difficulty of the challenge, I think this one’s quite good.
Anah: Wonderful Mari! I loved the outfit and yes, that song is amazing! I really liked how you incorporated the hoop in place of the glass slipper. Brilliant! I think it could have been a touch shorter, but I really like your hooping sequences and the the story line was engaging and romantic.
Babz: Really great emotion coming through in your hooping this week! I loved that the music was constant through your video. This is my favourite video this week! Great story telling, and I love that your evil step sister tried to seduce your prince with poi. Lol.
Marawa: Owww, your knees!! So much emotion in this Cinderella! You look really really sad that you cant go to the ball. Im glad he came to save you and I love the transformation!! Such a pretty dress – and in those heels!! Wowsers! I love the silhouette bit – I wanted to see more of that! It looks so good, you put a good story together here, and with some great tricks too. Ah romance… so sweet!! Meanwhile, those sisters need a lesson!!
Mat: Good setting for Cinderella’s house, I like the transformation scene, the gold hoop as the glass slipper. Love the finish with Stepmom and stepsisters flailing miserably with the hoop. Not quite as successful as last week’s clip, still there are always good creative elements from you.
Anah: Wow… good work hooping smoothly in that dress! That couldn’t have been easy! I like the interplay of the music and the story, though I do wish you had found a way to represent the 7 dwarves… 7 stuffed animals?? And I kinda wished Prince Charming lingered a touch more at the end. What can I say… I’m a romantic!
Babz: Loved the emotion you were putting into your hooping in the second half of the video, you look nearly terrified! Was happy to get a glimpse of that great smile of yours at the end, but I’m a sucker for more smiles and eye contact.
Marawa: Costume WIN! Emotional hooping in the forest, WIN! I felt I could really understand what you were saying! You made the story work with the use of little story line words, good work! Kissing princes! Oh this is great – and you didn’t have to sleep for 100 years, good one!
Mat: Nice setting, and it’s clear at the outset who you are supposed to be. Would like to have seen the hoop worked into the story more, rather than Snow is just into hooping and carries it with her everywhere she goes. Btw, where was the classical music? Still, the storytelling was fairly straightforward. Decently done.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Anah: So cute, Andie! I liked the outfit and the “hoop as rabbit hole”. Clever! And oh my gosh.. The bunny! Freakin adorable! It may have been because you were in the bushes (heehee!) but I would like to see you straighten your arms more in your chest roll. I didn’t totally get all the characters or what was happening, but I like that you took the time create the interaction. Super fun!
Babz: Ahh, so serene and elegant! Fabulous hooping and great story telling. I especially loved how the style of the hooping changed throughout the video with the different characters and the use of your hoop as the rabbit hole. Thank you!
Marawa: You have worked so hard on this! It has totally paid off – you got this story across so well, with so many great outfits and characters, I LOVE IT. I have a very small note: at the midway mark when you are doing the 2 small hoops, watch out for biting your lips! I am always picking on my students for that! Try and relax your face, it makes the tricks look effortless – which of course they are not, but I love an illusion!
Mat: Fun opening with the rabbit hopping by and disappearing into the hoop like a rabbit hole, and you look quite adorable. I felt it ran a bit long, and the hooping a bit repetitive – we could have used a few more of your flashier moves, a little more variety. Still, many creative elements throughout. A good effort for a difficult challenge.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Anah: Wow, wow WOW! The drama, the beauty! I almost didn’t mind that it was nearly 5 minutes long (but seriously try to get it shorter next time). The music was beautiful and I absolutely loved all the camera angles. I loved the whole story really, though I would have had you two in a partner hoop at the end… as all good fairy tale love stories should end, right??
Babz: Some really beautiful and graceful hooping. I liked that the story was evident even if you had never heard of this fairy tale, but please fix your shaky camera! The fire hooping came out really well and broke up the video nicely with out seeming out of place.
Marawa: Geeeeez! This was literally a short film. Lordy your karate kid moves with the fire hoops were soooo good, and I hate fire hoops! but I totally loved this. You had such a clear vision for this and with the support of your great team you have made a really beautiful thing!!! You should be really proud and happy to have such a great bunch of friends. GOOD JOB!
Mat: Good work here. Nice wardrobe, great settings, generally good production values. Really good use of fire – I like how Belle defeats the angry torch bearing townspeople with her fire hoops. Probably about the strongest piece this week. Applause!
Anah: Great beginning and the double mini’s had a distinctly fairy like feel to them. I didn’t totally understand the interlude with the stuffed animal on the pillow, though I enjoyed the drama! All in all I couldn’t really follow the story except for the beginning. Your hooping was smooth though… Fantastic toss to a roll! Cute princess outfits and it worked well with the music.
Babz: You are sooo cute! Beautiful graceful hooping. Some of the story seemed to get lost in the editing. I didn’t really know this fairy tale well enough to follow what was going on. One of these days I have to master that awesome toss you did that turns into a chest roll! Love all the smiles and eye contact too.
Marawa: I love your Disney dancing, but if I am honest I’m not 100% sure what is going on most of the time! But the soundtrack is very sweeping! and I LOVE that throw roll across your chest, but the story was a bit hard to guess.
Mat: Great opening with intro and music. I like the Disney influence with the graphics. The storytelling throughout however wasn’t very clear, and the living room was a weak point in your selection of settings. You do look very cute, however, and I liked the music choice.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Anah: The hooping sequence at around 2 minutes was RAD! I loved how much it was with the music. I absolutely love mermaids, but I didn’t get a sense of the story. I loved the underwater shots and the close ups were fabulous!
Babz: Nice Dingle Hopper Laurie! I love this song (and this movie) but I think it mised the mark with this weeks theme as the classical music that was incorporated seemed a bit out of place and a bit too short. Love that your enthusiasm comes shining through though and your hooping is a pleasure to watch.
Marawa: I’m not sure if it was so warm on that beach. Good work not looking cold if it was! The two hoop stuff at the end looks so nice and shiny, I would have opted for more of that as I think it was the most interesting stuff visually. 10 points for all the pool stuff! I love the underwater filming!! A real mermaid!!
Mat: Love the opening and Ariel’s arrival on land. The oil tanker in the background was a nice use of props. Would like to have seen more of a story here, with the hoop worked into it. Some neat moves in your classical section. Great ending shot.
Anah: So super cute! And of course… Peter Pan was the perfect choice. Your hooping is fantastic as usual, though if you lifted your sending arm higher you could get the bounce out of your back roll. I loved the battle scene and really the story was very well laid out. The only thing I will say is it was SO long! This could have been much shorter.
Babz: Well done once again Checko! The shadow idea was brilliant and was such an interesting way to see you hoop, although your hooping this week seemed a little less inspired than I’ve gotten used to seeing from you. I really loved watching the battle between you and your villain to free Wendy.
Marawa: The Shadows are legend! I love that bit – it really makes this a movie. I love your little green fire fly. Hahaa, the window exit is so good. There is a lot of good acting going on – its adorable and your tricks are very smooth. I LOVE the battle, so much drama!! YAY for the rescue!
Mat: Much to like about this one: use of music is very good, the laser-beam Tinkerbell, nice use of wildlife, Peter’s shadow, etc. I like the battle with Captain Hook, though I would have liked to see the hoop used as more of a weapon. Not as exciting as last week’s piece, still a nice effort.
THE UGLY DUCKLING
Anah: Awww… The ugly duckling is one of my faves! I liked the set up a lot. Your pizza toss could use a little extra back spin with your tossing hand to get the wobble out and have it go up instead of out. I loved the white dress and the spinning sequence! I know it is tough to get a good spin on grass, but if you spun a little faster you could get a little extra pizzazz out of it! I am totally impressed that you could duck back in with those wings on!
Babz: Some really graceful hooping Ashley! I have no idea how you managed not to fall over or pass out through all that spinning! I would have made my self sick. And I’ve never seen suspenders removed so elegantly!
Marawa: Oooh poor geek Ashley! Nobody is giving you any attention! I love how you framed the shot when you were transforming – it looked really great – and your combinations were really interesting too which was nice to see. So much shine on that hoop oooh, and then spin-o-rama! Geez, are you dizzy?? I am dizzy just watching! So pretty.
Mat: Interesting interpretation of the Ugly Duckling story, nice use of additional characters. This one was also missing the classical music, and the hooping tends toward repetition and not a lot of variety. Still you completed a very difficult challenge. I appreciate your perserverance.
There you have it, your Hooping Idol 3 finalists and their Fairy Tale Week video submissions. Our judges have already submitted their scores that comprise 40% of our final vote, so now it’s up to you. 60% of our final vote comes from our viewers and the time has come to cast your ballot. Vote for as many as three finalists that you want to see continue on in the competition, but please, please, PLEASE only cast one voting ballot. Trying to vote more than once not only won’t work, it creates problems for others on our less than super high tech system. Thank you.
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SORRY! Voting for Hooping Idol 3: Fairy Tale Week has closed.
Your Hooping Idol 3 Fairy Tale Week ballots are being accepted only until Wednesday, May 1st at 3:00pm PST. Our two finalists with the lowest combined scores will be eliminated from the competition, while our remaining Super Seven will be moving on to the next round. Stay tuned for those results along with the details for our next challenge. Until then, may you all live and hoop happily ever after.