Hooping Idol 4: It’s Classic Rock Week!

Hooping Idol Classic Rock Welcome to Classic Rock Week on Hooping Idol 4! It’s our super exciting second week and all we can say is 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 totally rocks! Are you ready for a see our contenders rock their hoops? Awesome, cause it’s time for them to do just that.

For those of you who are just tuning in we met our 21 contenders for this year who all spun up something amazing for Hip Hop Week and in the end six were sent home. Tonight our remaining 15 each needed to choose a Classic Rock soundtrack that spoke to them, were reminded once again of our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video and now they’re back to win your hearts and your votes. They were also told to have fun and make it count because when Classic Rock Week comes to an end five more of them will be eliminated and we’ll be down to our final top ten.


Our five judges this season all have most excellent credentials and they are Sharna Rose of Sharna Rose Hoop Dance in Maidstone, England, UK, Stefan Pildes of GrooveHoops in New York City, Lisa Lottie of LisaLottie.com from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Ayumi Mitake of Hoop Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, and Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops from Conway, Arkansas, USA. They’ll be sharing their thoughts this season on what all of our Hooping Idol 4 contenders are up to.

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So, are you ready to rock? Good, cause it’s Classic Rock Week on Hooping Idol! We proudly present our 15 finalists in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat. Here we go!


1. Alexandria Truex of Portland, Oregon, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Alex, that is a powerful message you expressed this week and I loved your entry because it’s a message close to my heart. I would have preferred a little more light in the second scene in the mobile home so that I could see your awesome and superb expressive skills a little better – that section contained some epic hooping and movement by the way. Normally shaky filming annoys me, but this time it seemed to fit with the 70’s feel of the song. Congratulations. Score: 8.

Lisa: Aww Alex, I really love the vintage effect layer over your video and the melancholy feel. I thought your story was adorable and as far as your hooping goes, I really like how you explored hula hooping with very soft knees and to be really low down to the ground with putting loads of legwork into it. A big bend in the knees gives a totally different feel to your hooping! GREAT roll at 2.21, beautiful line!! All in all, love your message. Doing what we love most will definitely save the world! Score: 7.5.

Stefan: AMAZING work. Great story, great emotion, great acting, great message. The raw reality of the trailer park and the unfinished homes. Your intense emotional closeups! I loved your rockin’ out at 1:20. I couldn’t agree more with your message. Score: 10.

Ayumi: The combination of the pictures in low resolution and rough camera work is very nice. It goes well with the music. I love your moves to the melody of the guitar. I felt your passion and something sensual too. I agree to the message. “If you want to change the world, Do what you love.” Absolutely YES! Score: 7.

Katie: I absolutely loved the song and the storyline. Not only did your story present a powerful message for anyone, but it also sums up the ultimate purpose of any hooper who chooses to hoop, I believe. Very touching and very true! I really liked your routine when you were crouched low to the camera, that was an interesting perspective. The only thing I see that could be improved is the dark lighting. Other than that, great video! Score: 9.


2. Flavie Steelandt of Ulm, Germany. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Phew, hot mamma Flavie, super hooping to a super song choice. I love the red theme that runs throughout, starting with the candle and ending with it. Whilst I understood the choice for the club scenes I would have loved a little more light on the odd occasion, however the music does beg for dark alleyways and dingy corners somewhat. A few more close ups might have been in order, when we do see your smiling face clearly it is beautiful to behold. Love the elbow, Lock and Carry move. It is one of my favorites. Score: 8.

Lisa: Hey Flavie, well done for exploring loads of different scenes & backgrounds. I like the way the space where you LED hoop is lit, so we can see you and the hoop, not just one or the other! Your story is cute, though I do feel like I want to see more skills from you at this point. Also watch your lines and try to clean some of your 2-hoop weaves. The fact that you can do them forwards and backwards is so nice, but i think you can keep your hands a little closer together and make the movement more fluid, just practise of repetition should do this and it will make SUCH a difference in the way it looks! Less clunky, more liquid. Score: 6.5.

Stefan: Sad sweet and naughty, just like the song. I love the seedy element of the go­-go bar and then the $$$. Impressive hooping skills. I love the blow a kiss in the middle for a human moment, and the putting out of the candle at the end. Score: 8.

Ayumi: Nice locations. Did you film this in a live house? The graffiti of the rock stars are cool. I love your outfits and song choice. I would like to see LED hooping from multiple angles because the camera stays in the same place. Score: 6.

Katie: Once again, Flavie, awesome storyline! I loved the LED hoop and the stage with the red and green lights. I also loved your sexy hooping style that made me feel like I was really watching Roxanne. I noticed some new tricks this time too, very impressive! I loved the Drama Queen wrap at the end. And, no shaky camera this time! That made this week’s video way more enjoyable to watch, thank you. I loved seeing you out on the street with two hoops, I would have liked to have seen more of that, but other than that, great video! Score: 8.


3. Jenny Marie of Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA.If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Oh My Gosh, what a super idea. I loved everything about this video. You are a pure contagious yummy scrummy talented being of joy and a super hooper to boot. You timed the differing use of hoops to the music perfectly. I especially loved the trashing of the smaller growing hoops. There was one scene that bugged me slightly because your feet were cut from the shot, but I can see why the camera was placed so, mostly to showcase your fantastic leg hooping in the following shots. Great skills and beautiful personality shining through. Score 9.

Lisa: Jenny I just love your commitment and attention to detail in this video! What a super fun story, you properly entertained me which is what I want! Love the multi hooping, but what I do want to see from you is some relaxation in your entire body while you are performing. I feel like your head is quite stiff on top of your shoulders, next time before you practise, shake it out! Put your hoop on the floor and just shake out your entire body, have the feeling of all your limbs being limp on your body and know that you are in control of them while you are dancing and they can do whatever you want! Don’t forget that they are ALL part of your body and thus also of your movement. You made me smile today! Score: 8.

Stefan: Impressive doubles, trips and quads. Way to stay on the beat. The Mountain Dew and extra­ large hoops really gave me a giggle. But the thing that really nailed it for me was the props. Way to go the extra farming mile! Score: 10.

Ayumi: Farm Fresh Hula Hoops! Wow, I wanna go there! I love your blue short jeans, check shirt and western boots. So cute! I like your fashion sense. Now the fox type eyeglasses reminds me of you. The scene that you pull the hoops from the ground was very inspiring. Score: 9.

Katie: Wow! The storylines for this challenge have been really stellar and yours is no exception! You seriously just created a perfect world for me…green grass, lots of sunshine, and you can grow your own hoops! That’s Heaven! I never knew Mountain Dew was the secret. You kept that beautiful smile on your face the whole time and I loved that. For the most part you were wiggling, moving, and rocking out to the beat of the music which really connects you, the performer, to the song. I seriously loved when you were hooping with all the Black Betties, that went with the craziness of the song perfectly. I honestly don’t know what to tell you to improve, if all the rest of your videos are this great, I may be looking at the next Hooping Idol! Score: 9.


4. Liam SpinYang of San Diego, California, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Liam, you Rock. I did not stop laughing from start to finish and that makes me happy. I really enjoyed seeing your smiling face and super hoop skills. Compared to some of the other videos there is very little production involved, but I said that I was looking for passion in my Hooping Idol and you have that passion, skill and a great sense of humour. You rock my vote. Score: 8.5.

Lisa: Liam, your strength definitely lies in your rolls. Therefore, I want to see more of those! Can you experiment with different varieties? Can you turn 180 during a chest or backroll? Can you roll from hand to foot or the other way round? You are GOOD at these so you should push yourself to specialise and get even better. Now, for the rest of your video, I like you and your music choice is top, but I would have liked to see you grasp the brief a bit better. You don’t look like classic rock, nor really act any different than anyone just having a good ol’ time hooping. More effort is needed! Score: 6.5

Stefan: You have mad skills and your attitude and flow is perfect for the song, you obviously know the song note for note….BUT…your lack of a costume or story really brought your score down. Score: 6.

Ayumi: Wow, you looked like a rock star! You hoop danced with your whole body, even with your face. It is ideal. I could not keep my eyes off of you because I was not able to expect what you would do next. Great song choice. Score: 9.

Katie: Last week I wanted more energy and this week you delivered! You definitely connected with the camera and I loved the up close, in your face moments. I noticed a couple tricks you attempted, head hooping, for example, that weren’t quite perfected yet. You obviously have some very cool tricks up your sleeve, and I would suggest trying to keep the tricks in your video as polished as possible. I believe we will reach a point in this competition, probably sooner than later, that things like imprecise moves will be a deciding factor in who progresses and who doesn’t. Despite that, your flow NEVER suffered! You kept it going with a smile on your face and I love that. The tree hooping was awesome. Score: 7.


5. Lisa Ellipse of London, England, UK. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Everything about this video is very 1980’s glam rock Lisa. It is mega cheesy and it works very well, matching the music style perfectly. The hoop colours and the natural colours are truly sublime and the double hoop skills are executed with style and grace. I am a sucker for a bit of slow mo. My only feedback via the visual element of the film itself is the shot where there are people in the background. I know it was a beautiful weekend and you would be hard pushed to find settings without muggles in the background. It is nit picking, but you were so captivating it broke the spell a little. However, everything else was perfect, beautiful and you truly are a rock fairy goddess. Score: 9.

Lisa: What a gorgeous opening shot, you’re so pretty! It makes me want to go outside straight away. Beautiful hoops and I love those funky isolations you put in there. Great twins work and I am very impressed with your hooping. The video is super-pretty, but it is also too long so you’re starting to lose me a bit, also cause you’re repeating some of your moves. I know you want to let us hear the entire song, but it’s really fine to just find a good fade out point. Apart from that though, great work this week! Score: 8.5.

Stefan: Great photography and good lush choice of location. Definitely a harder song to pick and you get points for that. The cherry blossoms were a nice touch. Good diversity of skills, way to keep eye contact with the camera. Wonderful edit when the hoop goes flying. Score: 8.

Ayumi: Blue sky and fresh green! Nice location. Your smile was so nice and very suited to the music. Graceful twin work. I was very touched because you expressed joy and pleasure for hooping. Score: 7.

Katie: Beautiful video! I loved the slow motion hooping, the flower petals floating softly around you in some shots, and the up-close-and-personal clips of you looking ravishing in the grass. It’s totally believable you are the girl driving Steven Tyler out of his mind! The video was a little long though. Perhaps you could have cropped it at the guitar solo and crammed all the best footage in those 3 to 3 and half minutes. You could have lost the shaky camera and out of focus scenes that way too. However, I did love the end with the big clump of flower petals landing on your head, still in slow motion, and you tossing them flirtatiously at the camera. Very nice. Beautiful colors in your video too, your red hair, the green grass, pink petals. All in all, very nice. Score: 8.


6. Heather Gregoire of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Heather, this was indeed a magical carpet ride and your flow is so wonderful and easy it is a pleasure to watch. There is some fantastic editing, but I would have liked to have seen some costume changes to spice it up a little visually, but that’s just feedback. I really enjoyed the close up of you smiling and enjoying yourself and I really did enjoy your double hoop skills. I think we are going to see a lot more from you in the future. Score: 7.5.

Lisa: I just love the speed at which you work! Your hooping is fast, zippy, slick and you just don’t have me bored at all as my eyes are trying to keep up with you. You’ve got skills lady! I wish the LED hoop scene was a little bit darker so the hoop would stand out a bit more, not to the point that we don’t see you though, and all in all I think you could have done a bit more with the brief. You could have made a little bit more of a story for us and been a little bit more classic rock. That said, I am a sucker for skills and i *really* like the way you hoop. Respect! Score: 9.

Stefan: Wonderful video story and scene transitions. Stellar moves. Good choice of song. I love how you gave us a little bit of face time around the 2:45 mark. If anything, I would like to see some more of that. Score: 8.5

Ayumi: I really love your rhythmic sense and dancing. Especially in the LED scene, your hooping matched the sound well and I enjoyed it fully. The twins fit the melody of the guitar and the organ so that I experienced a Magic Hoop Ride. Nice editing. I like the contrast of the blue outfits and the orange hoop too. Score: 7.

Katie: Once again, Heather, your flow is so stunningly beautiful and flawless I really can’t critique much. I didn’t feel as much of a story line in this video as your last and being a die-hard fan of any and all classic rock, I was hoping for one. However, your smile was beautiful, you looked like you were really enjoying yourself, and it’s worth saying again how impeccable your flow is. I also noticed closer shots this time around and I really enjoyed those. Score: 7.


7. Lisa “SparkGirl” Disinger of Pahoa, Hawaii, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: My all time favourite rock track. Wowzers there are some epic and beautiful bits of hoop dance in this video. The waves crashing as you dance scene is stunning and followed by some wicked fire dancing. Elemental baby, so much of the hippy rock chick vibe of the tune. There seemed to be some shaky camera work occasionally, but I will let you off because your hoop skills and smile outshone those. Score: 9.

Lisa: Aaamazing scenery and GO YOU for getting your motorbike friend involved. That looks like so much fun. You look great, so do those yellow hoops and that wave-crashing scene is just awesome! Top scores for your videography this week, but in your hooping you do have a tendency to repeat your moves. Mix it up for me next week a bit more? I want to see you try more stuff! I can see you’re getting into the multi-hooping, can you try and give me a 3 split or something like that next week? Oh, and if you invite me to your paradise island I will totally teach you how to separate all of those!! Score: 9.

Stefan: I see why they call you spark girl! Great pose at 1:22 to start out the chorus and the fire was unexpected but PERFECTLY placed. Guy pumping his fist and the reflection in the Chrome of the bike really brought it home. Score: 9.

Ayumi: Sexy and healthy. That is the 21st century rock beauty. The scenes of you in jeans and boots posed in front of the waves were very cool. I would like to see the fire hooping from more dramatic angle too. You succeeded in expressing your natural beauty in this video. Score: 6.

Katie: I loved this video. It feels like you are really living the lyrics of this song and after seeing your audition video, I’m sure you really are! You have such a beautiful setting here. I loved the ocean spray, the hitchhiking, and I loved the shot of your hooping reflection in the motorcycle engine! You certainly have a charisma and charm that is mesmerizing and I’m sure you are spectacular to watch perform live. Oh yes, and I loved the fire hooping! I loved the shot of you grinning ear to ear and I would like to see more of that smile. Keep it up! Score: 8.


8. Esmeralda Garcia of Hermosillo, Sonora, México. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Stunning Esmeralda, this extremely artistic video is supremely surrealistic with some extraordinary hooping and an unusual dream catcher hoop. You are truly an artist and this is becoming more and more apparent with each video we see from you. You have some interesting double hoop moves and generally I find you very fascinating. Score: 8.

Lisa: GREAT STUFF Esmeralda! I love the Beatles and I also love your doubles isolation work. I know how hard that is! I love your costumes and I love your story, though I am not sure what that dreamweaver hoop is about. I would have preferred to see a normal one. I’d much rather see you use a normal one! You also reminded me of how I used to do an exercise and try and perform my entire routine without hoops, so I could see how I was actually moving my body. I forgot that. I am totally going to try it again. As a whole I am really impressed by you this week, great scenery, great hooping, great work! Score: 8.5.

Stefan: Wow, the character and concept is inspired. The make up and nods to the Beatles in this video had everything including the Dreamweaver Hoop. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it integrated so well. Score: 9.

Ayumi: What dumbfounding creativity! The costumes, hair and make up are really fantastic. I love the concept and the story. I felt that I had watched a short film like Kin-dza-dza! Possibly you may be an alien from another planet. I could tell you really enjoyed this submission. Score: 10.

Katie: This video was awesome! Your make-up when you were dressed up as the trippy, Peter Max-esque character was stunning! I loved the dream catcher hoop and your performance with it was just as smooth and beautiful as ever. Your costumes were wonderful! Some of the hand-held camera work felt a little shaky, but other than that, great video! You are a true entertainer. Score: 8.


9. Sara “Violet Ponderosa” Harrison of Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Sara, this is a great story and the perfect song for you, I was truly touched by this video. I find it really hard to smile when the camera is on me, which makes me feel a hypocrite when I give feedback encouraging hoopers to smile. The comparison of the super skilled scene, which is a very interesting section, to the outside free part is what makes it personally so moving to me. Initially I questioned the single dream scene, but the variety of movements, colours and levels worked well. What an impressive ending also. Score: 8.5.

Lisa: Hey Sara, I love that you use all those different colours in your hoops, they stand out so much! I’m not sure about that white vignette around the video though, it makes me feel like I have something stuck in my eyes! I love that you’re giving me a four hoop body split, I know they’re not easy and I can see you’ve been working hard! Watch your hand that is in front of your chest, no limp hula hands! Try to keep it tight and neat. Your rolls are really great and I love you’re trying to get some flexibility in there. If you stretch your back and your splits every day, that leg is going to look great in a year or so! I didn’t see too much rock in your video though, so maybe next week try to stick to the brief more, but this was a really fun video and I really enjoyed your hooping! Score: 8.5

Stefan: I like your picture too! Way to get your name in lights. Really amazing hoop skills including the 4 point and the nose hooping. I get the daydreaming and the beautiful country road hooping, but I needed something to tie it all together? Did I miss something? Score: 7.

Ayumi: Fresh and cute! Lovely candy colored hoops. In the scene with the Hooping Idol signage, the location was very nice but I got slightly bored. I would have liked to see more dramatic moves. Score: 6.

Katie: Your flow is so much fun to watch. I loved the trick at 2:48. That was a very creative variation on a classic move and made me say “Whaaaat?!” in a good way! I loved that you were closer to the camera in some shots and I loved the colorful hoops. I didn’t really like the dream/hazy filter on the video only because so much was lost on the edges of the screen, sometimes even you or the hoops. Some scenes were shaky too, but other than that, awesome video! Score: 8.


10. Deaja Mkhallati of Davis, California, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: You are definitely one hooper that the world needs to keep an eye on Deaja. This was truly beautiful. I loved that you kept to one hoop to portray the bliss and satisfaction that hoop dance brings. It is rare that two or more hoops really can enable the same letting go and passionate expression that one can. Whilst I loved the filter for the ambiance it created, it’s shifting colours did distract my eye occasionally. Once again stunning though, so congratulations. Score: 9.

Lisa: Hey Deaja, top production on your video. Love the filter and your storyline. I’m glad I got so many close ups of your face and you make me smile cause I can really connect with you, but I want to see more hooping! I can see you are having a great time, but next week I want you to pump more skills in there so you can hear me saw ‘Wow’ and ‘Ooooh!’ instead of just ‘Awwww’. See what I mean? When you roll, roll from palm to palm, not from bent elbow to elbow, and I want to see some isolations and throws. I know you have more to give! Score: 7.

Stefan: Nice intro, thank you for the context. Production wise, amazing color and texture. I would have dialed it down when you got into the shadowy hooping sections, but still, way to give a texture feeling to the piece. Great message at the end, and you won my heart by leaving the $ behind. Score: 9.

Ayumi: The toasted color tone was wonderful, but sometimes I could not see the detail because it was too dark. I loved the story. It was simple, strong and beautiful. I watched your amazing flow and the expressions that came seemed to show you having more and more fun. I wanted to sing together. Score: 8.

Katie: Well, Deaja, for the second week in a row you’ve made a really kick ass video! The editing was beautiful, the color filter was perfect, and I loved your lip-syncing to the song. Plus, I loved the storyline that went along with it. You perfectly summed up what hoopers and all artists face: money, or what makes you happy? You made the right choice though! Score: 9.


11. Rachel Black of Madison, South Dakota, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Great make up and theatrical hoop dance Rachel, perfect compliment to the music and performed exquisitely. I loved the shots looking down and I really adored the midshot in the grey space, but I was not so keen on the first upshot. This would have worked better if you were completely a silhouette like the second time you used that shot. You are such a sweet ballerina of a dancer. Score: 7.5

Lisa: Nice makeup Rachel! I really love how you’ve taken on the comments from last week. You are really getting into your body and have improved massively in your movement, great job! Also your camera angles are fun and entertaining. I feel like you got the brief, but I do wish you would have gone for a bit more of an uptempo song so it would have allowed you to actually rock out a bit more. Also I would love to see you try two hoops next or explore some more throws and rolls in your hooping scenes. Nice work! Score: 7.

Stefan: I have to say, I’m not a KISS fan and I find this choice of song odd. However, you did score big points with me by going for the makeup. There wasn’t much to go on about with this video besides the makeup though. Score: 7.

Ayumi: Are you the fifth member of KISS? Your makeup was so cute. The elevated camera angle was great and it helped your moves look more dramatic. I think you can dance more with your hoop though. Score: 6.

Katie: First of all, your make-up was killer! Second, I recall telling you I wanted to see some variety and to change things up, and did you ever! About halfway through I had to go back and look up your audition because I did not recognize who I was watching. Your style, your tricks, your face, everything changed! That versatility will take you very far Rachel. With that said, I wasn’t a huge fan of your song choice and the original, rather than the live version you chose, is so much stronger. However, I loved the silhouette hooping, that was beautiful, and your camera angles were really working! Great Job. Score: 7.


12. Sheri Alice O’Brian of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Sheri, this is yet another stellar Hooping Idol video. You must just spend your entire life hooping, and it is amazing the variety and scope of your skills. You inspire me to get off my butt and get my hoop on. This is what the world needs from a Hooping Idol. The video is extremely well edited and your costume and persona are totally rocking. Your four hoop stuff is totally out of this world. Score: 9.5.

Lisa: I just adore you, I’m so glad I got to see you more up close this time! Not only did you hit the nail right on the head with the theme but O MY GOD you can hoop! You just dazzle me with so many nifty tricks that I can’t help but “Woa” at my computer screen while I am in a coffee shop with my headphones on! What IS that thing you do at 3.31? I can’t fault this at all. You are beautiful, super skilled, you’ve made a very entertaining story and you’ve made me really excited to try some of those tricks! Score: 9.5.

Stefan: First of all, the guitar playing triple hoops ROCKS! The dual hoop chest roll and then the chest roll/back roll floored me! The choice of locations, the costume, the makeup, you nailed the classic rock look and feel. I loved that you played an instrument and it was all just a Rock­-n-­Roll dream. You get a PERFECT score. Score: 10.

Ayumi: Leather jacket and booty, so cool! Your multiple hooping skills are MAD. I really love your moves mixed up with rock star-like action. The concept was very simple and clear. I enjoyed your hooping world. Score: 9.

Katie: Awesome video! I loved the connection of the hoop and the guitar, great editing to make that happen. Plus, the chest roll to pop up to ANOTHER chest roll was perfect! I had to watch that trick again. Another great video Sheri! Score: 9.


13. Emilie Joy Rowell of Brighton, England, UK. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Wowzers Chicka, you totally rocked this video! I love your beautiful sunny nature as you skilfully danced in the meadow. Fantastic editing skills that rocked back and forth using a zoom effect. At first I wasn’t sure about the unlit LED hooping in the black and white dress, but as the video went on I began to appreciate it in comparison to the other lit LED scenes, especially when the camera came in close near the end. Score: 7.5.

Lisa: Great music choice and what nice colours in your video! I also love the downward camera angle and the scene transitions are brilliant! I’m really happy with this video from a production point of view, but next time I want to see a bit more experimental hooping action too. Can I see more rolls? some more throws? I loved your high pizza toss and I really want more of that! Hoops off body and you on different levels. Great effort. Score: 7.5.

Stefan: Great locations, costumes and character. You nailed it my dear. The headdresses and the go-go 1960’s projections were all AMAZING. I personally would have done your makeup, but otherwise ACES all around. The only thing you were missing was a storyline to tie it all together. Score: 8.5.

Ayumi: I really love this song. The color tones, camera work, locations and outfits, every factor suited to the music. The shot from the high angle position was breathtaking. The transition from pizza toss into blue sky to LED in the dark, was great. Score: 9.

Katie: Emilie, you have an awesome talent of making each theme come to life. I really believe you to be a sweet and groovy little flower child. It’s your attention to detail. Your costumes were great, the locations were perfect, and even the high-key coloration of much of the video made it feel as if I was watching actual footage from Woodstock. I love your attitude and the expression you put into your hoop dance. Some seamless editing and I loved the incorporation of both the hippy-chick styles and the Mod 60’s fashion. This video didn’t have quite as many of the up close shots that I loved so much about last weeks video, and that’s my only critique. I absolutely loved it! Score: 8.


14. Jenna Drake of Lawrence, Kansas, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Jenna, you are so beautiful to watch. I love how you use your body and engage your arms. The setting with the lake made such a wonderful scene and your hooping truly moved me there. I was not so keen on the LED hooping shots that were filmed with out any extra light to show your beautiful self. The hoops are rarely strong enough to carry the hooper when captured on film. It’s different in real life of course. I loved the looking down shot and your radiant smile, thank you for being truthful and honest in your dance. Score: 7.5.

Lisa: Hey Jenna, I can’t help but feel like you were maybe playing it a bit too safe this week and I was a little disappointed to be completely honest. I wanted you to rock more, to show me some bigger tricks, some wilder use of the space and I wanted you to be a bit more dressed up. I think your hoop moves are lovely, especially those subtle isolations, but you repeat yourself quite a bit and I want to you take bigger risks. Dare to stand out! Score: 6.5.

Stefan: Beautiful and lyrical hoop handling skills. You embodied the song with your hooping. I enjoyed your cut aways and lush locations. However, the lack of storyline really brought your score down this week. Sorry. Score: 6.

Ayumi: The scenes by the lake suited the melancholic melody of the guitar. Your gorgeous hair looked as if it was dancing. I loved and want your leggings too, but I would have liked to have seen more. Score: 6.

Katie: Beautiful video! The lakeside hooping was gorgeous and your flowy outfits were perfect and very Stevie Nicks. I didn’t sense as much of a storyline in this video as I did last week. However, your hooping alone really fit well with the song, so maybe it didn’t need it. Very nice. Score: 7.


15. Emille Rae of Garrestville, Ohio, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Wow Emille, this is a truly touching and heartfelt presentation utilizing the ideals of what rock music, particularly of the 1970’s, truly stands for. Congratulations for using plenty of light when using your LED hoop, I loved those shots. I am sorry you had complications with your technology this week, but the video was fantastic and moved me, thank you for making it bigger than yourself. Score: 7.5.

Lisa: Thank you for my history lesson Emille! What a cute video and what a gorgeous floral backdrop too. What i really like about you is your endless pirouettes. It almost reminds me of the great sufi dancers of Persia! I also LOVE that roll at 2.26. Maybe you could have been a bit more rock ‘n roll in this video with your costume, but I just love your energy and I smile when I watch you. Great hooping, great job. Score: 8.

Stefan: Great way to make use of your location and tell this classic American History story. The sound design aspect of video production can be hard so I won’t judge you too harshly for the low volume. However, I would have preferred if you continued to tell the story across the whole video instead of just an introduction. Score: 9.

Ayumi: I wonder whether the voice of the wind was necessary. I think if you could use a more high resolution camera, you could express the atmosphere better. And I would like to see your movements have more musicality, related to the music a little more. Score 5.

Katie: I thought it was really thoughtful of you to dedicate your video. And nothing against CCR, they’re one of my favorites, but did you know Neil Young did a song honoring the Kent State Massacre? That would have been a cool choice for your dedication. There were some clips here that had some outside noise, like the wind that was somewhat distracting. I’d suggest muting unnecessary noise from your footage in future videos. Other than that, your flow was as groovy as ever. Score: 7.


There you have it, your Hooping Idol 4 contestants and their Classic Rock Week submissions. Our judges have submitted their scores that will comprise 40% of our final vote. The remaining 60% of the vote comes from you – and the time has come to cast your ballot. Vote for the finalist you want to see continue on in the competition, and please keep it to one ballot per person so our server doesn’t crash. Thank you! If by some chance you get a message that says you’ve already voted and you haven’t, close your web browser entirely reopen it in a few minutes and try again. Thanks.

Are you ready? It’s time to make your choice. Let’s vote!


Your Hooping Idol 4 Classic Rock ballots are being accepted only until Wednesday, April 23rd at 3:00pm PST. The five finalists with the lowest scores will be eliminated from the competition and the remainder will be moving on to the next round. Stay tuned for those results, along with the details of the next challenge for those who are moving forward. Now go have fun rocking out with your own hoops everybody!

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