Hooping Idol 6 EDM Week

Hooping Idol 6 EDM Week

Hooping Idol 6 EDM Week

It’s our second exciting week of Hooping Idol Season 6 and we couldn’t be more excited! This week it’s all about spinning up the EDM. Our remaining 15 contestants have all created incredible new hooping videos with an Electronic Dance Music Theme and they’re giving it this week in their quest to win the title and our Ultimate Hooping Idol 6 Prize Package. Woot woot!

Our sixth season kicked off when we put out the casting call and then introduced you to our 21 contestants for season 6. Last week our 21 finalists all spun up something groovy for Sixties Week and after the judges scores and the public vote 6 were eliminated. And now our ever spinning search for the next big hooper star continues. This week they’ve all spun up EDM videos while keeping an eye on our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video tips and they were all told to make it count, because at the end of EDM Week, five more will be going home.

Hooping Idol is a golden opportunity to learn and grow along the way thanks to the guidance of our incredible panel of international hooping star celebrity judges. They know first hand what being a hooping star is all about. Who is seated at the judge’s table for season 6? Allow us to introduce you to:

ANAH REICHENBACH

Anah Anah Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution returns to the judge’s table for Hooping Idol 6! Anah, aka Hoopalicious™, is highly regarded as the founder of the modern art of hoop dance and a pioneer of the hooping movement. Over the past 18 years she has traveled the world teaching and performing both live and in commercials for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, Nike, Coke, Warner Bros, as well as spinning up support for Sting, Justin Timberlake, Fergie and The MTV Video Music Awards. She’s even appeared on America’s Got Talent. The Hoop Revolution™ Curriculum she developed has been the foundation of most other well-known hoop dance curriculums out there. The protagonist in the hoop dance documentary The Hooping Life and featured in countless publications from Vanity Fair to the Los Angeles Times, Anah is truly a hooper who knows what it is all about. She’s also won Hoopie Awards for Instructor of the Year, Video of the Year and was our first inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame. A leader in the implementation of eco-friendly hooping practices too, Anah’s also the co-inventor and creator of the world’s first Eco Hoop. She’s based out of Los Angeles, California, USA.

LISA LOTTIE

Lisa Lottie Hooping Idol 6 judge Lisa Lottie has been hooping since 2006 and has a legion of fans around the world who hang on her every spin. Originally from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Lisa spends most of the year traveling the world with her hula hoop street and stage shows. Having started her career performing in a traditional circus in Mumbai, India, she’s since developed her skills and style throughout the multi-faceted performance industry. She’s performed in over 30 countries along the way, studied at the Brazilian National circus school and holds a degree in circus from The Circus Space in London. And yet, she’s known best in the hooping world for her million-hit hooping videos on YouTube and her signature multi-hooping dance style. The multi Hoopie Award winning spinstress and Hooper Hall of Fame Inductee told us, “I am SUPER excited to be part of the judging team of Hooping Idol 6!” We’re SUPER excited to have her back this season too sharing her circus meets hoop dance flavored spin on things. It’s going to be a good one! Lisa currently lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

NICK BROYD

NickBroyd Since winning the inaugural season of Hooping Idol 1 back in 2011, Hooping Idol 6 judge Nick Broyd of Nick Broyd Hoop has been bringing his unique vision of hooping to the UK, as well as throughout Europe and overseas as well. Well known for his relaxed street style of hooping, Nick knows more than anyone the benefits that being on Hooping Idol can bring to our contestants. Using it as a launch pad, he has since taught and performed at countless hooping, circus and dance festivals all over the world. He’s appeared on national UK television on ITV’s Loose Women, and topped it all off by winning the 2015 Hoopie Award for Male Hooper of the Year. With a number of acclaimed videos and a solid following online, Nick understands the demands and requirements of making good hooping videos to show the world just what you’ve got. He also really knows just what it takes to win Hooping Idol. He’s done it himself! Nick’s currently one of the many who are making a living from hooping and he’s delighted to be back as a judge this year. He’s really looking forward to seeing all the new talent out there. Nick is coming to us from Bristol, England, UK.

BUNNY HOOP STAR

bunnyhoopstar Also back at the judge’s table this season is the one and only Bunny Hoop Star. Bunny is the founding owner and creative director of Australia’s first hula hoop business – her Sydney based Hoop Empire – established way back in 2005. She is also the founding creative director, writer and coordinator of Hoop Kids – a dedicated hula hoop program for kids and the adults who wish to teach them. Having introduced the international “hoop dance” community to Australia, Bunny’s circular mission has been to encourage and guide kids of all ages, skill and size to rediscover the lost art of movement and play in and beyond the hoop. She has appeared on numerous Australian TV programs, in web series, has had numerous Hoopie Award nominations, and is well known for her intergalactic activities both in and out of the hoop. Sourcing much of her cosmic information from both the stars and Galactic Mayan cosmology, she spins wheels within wheels in the name of multidimensional art and universal travel. There’s nobody quite like Bunny Hoop Star and she’s coming to us from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

PHILO HAGEN

Philo Hagen Our Hooping Idol 6 Contestants also have a whole lot of extra assistance and inspiration this season from Host & Mentor Philo Hagen. He’s in their corner again this year and he will be sharing mentoring advice publicly and behind the scenes all season long. He will not be judging or scoring our contestant videos though. As the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org, Philo’s been busy spinning hoop dance up online and off since April of 2003. Ever since discovering hooping on a starry night in the redwoods he’s been on a mission to spread the hoop love all over the world. He’s co-founded hooping groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, performed internationally, and he’s taught well received and popular hooping classes at Hoopcamp and other large scale hooping events. Philo’s also appeared in and been interviewed by countless publications around the globe from the New York Times to the Huffington Post regarding the modern hooping revolution and more. The winner of two Hoopie Awards himself for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year, when it comes to helping with hooping videos he really knows what he’s talking about. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Philo lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

THE HOOPING IDOL 6 ULTIMATE PRIZE PACKAGE

Our Hooping Idol 6 Ultimate Prize Package is truly spectacular and we’re so excited to finally be able to tell you all about it. Our prize package for Hooping Idol 6 kicks off with not one, but two registrations for the Return to Roots Gathering in Medford, New Jersey, USA. Our Hooping Idol also has a spot in the Return 2 Roots Performance Showcase and will be an on-stage performer! Our new Hooping Idol can take the stage too spinning up an amazing Atomic Evoke 4 Smart Hoop from Astral Hoops! We’ve got two months of free advertising from Hooping.org to jumpstart their career or business! We’ve got an online Teaching Training from Elemental Hoopdance so you can learn to Teach Hoop Dance too!

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But wait there’s more! we’ve got gift certificates starting with a $300 gift certificate from our friends at Mood Hoops, a $250 gift certificate from our pals at HoopSupplies.com, and a $250 gift certificate from the good folks at Hoopologie! How freakin awesome is that? Our new Hooping Idol will be burning things up too with a fantastic fire hoop of their choice from Synergy Flow Arts. They’ll be traveling far and wide with ease thanks to the new Breakaway Travel Polypro Hoop of their choice and awesome travel bag from our friends at Superhooper.org.

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And where might they be going? Well, besides making a trek to Return To Roots, our Hooping Idol 6 winner is also getting an incredible registration to the German Hoop Convention in Hannover, Germany, a coveted registration to the Austrian Hoop Convention in Vienna, Austria, and a super cool registration to the sold out Australian hoop gathering – Hoopy Happenings in Sydney!

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And as if that isn’t enough, we want our new Hooping Idol to be looking sharp too! We’ve got a $150 gift certificate to get yourself looking great from Hoopclothes.com, a brand new Eco Hoop – the world’s first fully recycled plastic hoop – and a Hoop Revolution Core Foundation DVD from Hoop Revolution, plus they’ll be getting the award winning hoop dance documentary The Hooping Life on DVD, a Hooping Life: How to Hoop DVD and a T-shirt! How amazing is that? And all three of our top finishers will score themselves a Scented Glitter Grip Stick from Dance Hoops. Woohoo!

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Is that exciting or what!?! So without any further ado, let’s make our way to the clubs for EDM Week on Hooping Idol 6. We proudly present our 15 contestants in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

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1. KAT COLLETT: BRISTOL, ENGLAND, UK. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: COMMENTS: OMG! I LOVE that song…. Hahaha! I loved the camp and the faces so much. Thanks for making me laugh J I thought the multi-hooping was good but I would have liked to see more single hoop pizazz as well. Over all VERY well done. Loved it J
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

LISA: HAHAHA kat, what a GREAT way to begin EDM week. This is just brilliant, i love this original video and what a great idea to recreate it! Your friends brought real atmosphere to this and I am so happy you all wore your partypants!!! i laughed out loud more than few times during this! I also think it’s great you got the LED hoops involved. + that trick at 2.01 is awesome, i was trying to practise that the other day -it’s bloody hard! When you practise a three hoop split, you need to focus a lot of having the hoop on your knee go at the same tempo as the ones on the rest of your body, i know that’s really hard but i promise you that it will make your three splits look so much better and also a solid foundation for larger split combinations. Overall i think technically your hooping can improve in fluidity as well as in more tricks, but you completely have the entertainment factor down 🙂
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 6.5
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 24

NICK: A tip top thoroughly entertaining video, unmasking the serious side of EDM! Loved it. The theme is nailed. You were left with a pretty broad brief this week and took advantage of that. Some hugely entertaining extras, no idea where you found them! Some serious skills in there, cleanly executed splits, nice tricks and transition and excellent video editing to capture the theme and style. More of a circus focussed style that separates you well in this competition. See you next week.
Theme – 9/10
Skills/Flow – 8/10
Presentation – 8/10
Total: 25/30

BUNNY: Kat I loved this video SO much! Everything worked. Your support cast were awesome and you led the crew like a sparkle boss. The song is hilarious and you worked IT! Great skills, dynamic scenes and cuts, funny cutaways. My only suggestion – and I know it’s tricky – is to nail the lighting with your LED hoops so we can still see you… some UV facepaint and a black light may have taken care of that. Something to play with in the future perhaps? I’m really looking forward to seeing more you raver you!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 28

PHILO: For those that don’t know German Sparkle Party this was probably a big hit. Being very familiar with it and The Something Experience’s music video, however, it was kind of like being told a funny joke I already knew the punchline of. That being said I loved the costumes, your surrounding players, the incredible costumes and it was still a fun watch. I think two of your strongest points that really set you apart in this competition are your super fun personality / humor and your circus hooping skills. The LED hooping scenes were too dark to see you and you’re the most important part of your hooping video. I also don’t know if this character allowed your personality and humor to shine. When Kat’s sparkle party is engaging us we are totally hooked in, but Kat as German party crasher not as much. I’ve already fell in love with you this season though. You’re so naturally hilarious. All that being said, I sincerely hope you’re around next week. It’s super clear how much went into this and while it may have been a near miss in my book, I have nothing but applause for all this incredibly vibrant effort!

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2. KAT “HOOP CIRCLES” KIERANS: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: I love this song and all the bubbles and glitter but I didn’t really get “EDM” from the most of the scenes. Your move at .56 was beautiful and creative though, love it! And the one at 1:46!! Woowee!! I love that you took a move that many people do but made it your own and really danced through it. Your hooping in general was stylistic and fun to watch!
Theme: 6
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: hey kat! Aw damn I really wanted to see how that trick at 0.57 ended! OK, so I feel a bit lukewarm about your video this week… I can see that you made a big effort to present a dance music festival theme and vibe, but I think I wanted to see some more exciting hooping! -personally I’m not really into fire hooping because i just don’t think you can do very many tricks with them so when you use them you really need to go more towards the dance part of hoop dance and I didn’t really get that from you. Also I wished that you wouldn’t have used as much filter on the ‘white’ scenes as I feel like your hoop kind of disappeared! -i want to see more from you, more risk, more trying, more tricks!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 6
Presentation: 6.5
Total Score: 20.5

NICK: Great video in terms of presentation and skills. I thought the musicality of your hooping was excellent, it was a good choice as it suits your style. Lots of interesting twins and single hoop sequences, which I enjoyed. In terms of a theme I was a little unsure of what you were going for, I would look to really focus in on this next time as it will take your videos to the next level. Away from this a really well shot and edited video showcasing your skills.
Theme – 6.5/10
Skills/Flow – 7.5/10
Presentation – 8/10
Total: 22/30

BUNNY: Kat, this is a beautiful video! Love the opening, the closeups, the bubbles, your smile, the music. Your sparkle transition was fantastic! I love how you blew your second backdrop out to create more ambience – it worked, even if the framing did slide a tad. Well done on lighting your fire scene well – not an easy task. I did however lose engagement with the video here as your moves became more restricted with the presence of fire – it happens and is worth considering when working with themes. Next week, I want to see you rock it out. Well done on another great video!
Theme: 8
Skills: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

PHILO: Your entry this week didn’t even need a storyline for me. You rocked the EDM theme from start to finish. There you were outside your trailer at some festival spinning sick moves while bubbles floated by. That particular headband seemed too Sixties Week to me, but I was still loving it. Then when the music changed and the energy went up BAM – that’s what I’m talking about. Great job working the music this week with your editing and your moves. And thank you for lighting yourself while fire hooping too. Seeing who is inside the circles of flames is vital. My advice for next week is to bring your emotions to your hooping even more. There was some nice engagement feeling in the first scene, more in the second, but when I wanted it to go next level the fire scenes seemed a little emotionally flat or disconnected. If you were really at some festival burning it up I’d expect you to be having a better time. Maybe you’re not that comfortable fire hooping yet? Not sure. Whatever the case, but if you’re going to be intense BE INTENSE. If you’re going to bring the joy bring the JOY! This is a big step up from last week and I’m so excited to see where you’ll be going next.

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3. MARIA NAVA: HUNTINGTON, INDIANA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Love the song and the outfit! The setting was a little incongruous, but I liked that you danced through out. By far your lay back double elbows at 3:04 was your most powerful move, awesome! At 3:29 you do a 2 hoop hand/foot split but it wasn’t really clean. I would have put your lay back elbow move as the ending instead. I liked all the different shots and especially the close ups. Rockin it!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: hey maria, great stuff from you this week, I can still see you being a little shy here and there but you’re making an effort to break through that! the video really kicked off for me around 1.45 where you get into those wedgie breaks, you’ve mastered those and that’s where I can really start to see you have fun. A lot of your tricks need cleaning and tidying and this is a great example of why it’s so important. When you master a trick, and that is when you can just do it every-single-time without thinking about it, then we can start to focus on other things, like how we present it, or how we are actually getting lost in the moment because we’re not worried about making mistakes in tricks, you just get on with it, you get going and you have a really great time. It’s so easy to see where you have trouble with tricks like at 3.18 because i’m not watching you have fun, i’m watching you struggle. So go and drill the moves that you need to work on, and then give me more of Maria at 1.45 who is just having a rocking time!
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 6.5
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 21

NICK: A skilfully cut together and well presented piece. I loved the timing of the edits, moves from day to night and the links from one setting to another. You have a good range of tricks and techniques, but just presenting those each week may not cut it alone. To win this competition you’ll need to think more around the theme, make it more narrative or character based. Presentation and skills get high marks, just focus on the theme more.
Theme – 6/10
Skills/Flow – 7.5/10
Presentation – 8.5/10
Total: 22/30

BUNNY: Maria, there ain’t nothing like a day dance party – I’m into it. Especially a one woman disco which you clearly are capable of rocking. I can’t say I enjoyed the music but we can probably thank my age for that. I think I would have preferred you to build up your original location into more of a party than go for a walk down the street. The switch confused my understanding of the story. I would have cut straight to your night scene. Speaking of which, be careful with low light lighting – we all know it’s hard to nail but in a competition like this, a general rule of thumb is – if you can’t do it well, don’t do it. Having said all that, you created a super cute Burner vibe where the party has to happen anywhere, anytime… so I’m gonna let some numbers slide in my scoring for taking me there. Good job!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 20

PHILO: You’re so freakin adorable Maria. There’s something about you that’s pretty magnetic when you hit the screen and that outfit and wig were super EDM and super cute. I was so ready to go wherever you wanted to take me, only we ended up not going very far. Hooping Video 101 in my book is filming yourself in three locations, splicing them together and calling it a wrap. It’s fine for YouTube, but to stick around in this competition you’re going to need to give us more. A storyline would help, something to get your energetic momentum focused and on point. Staring into the bright sun gets old after awhile. There were scenes you didn’t seem to be hooping to the song playing. Be careful about making a big scene switch too – like to LED after dark – and then go back to the same place you were before. The internet is short attention span theater and we saw all that already. All of these things can be hooping video energy killers and when you’re spining up some really cool skills like you were in this you want your video to support them. This is still a big step up from last week though and I sure hope you stick around next week and keep right on rising.

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4. COELTI: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: WOOHOO! Fun song and I love all the outfit changes, I especially liked your transition to your wedgie at 1:44… very creative and smooth. From a dance perspective I would have liked to see you match the slower pace of the breakdown at 2:15.
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

LISA: hey Coelti!-i couldn’t help but wonder: did you actually create a party for your video? or did you just crash a party? Either way it was SO GREAT you did this because i got some real fun atmosphere and you actually made me want to go to out! (this is coming from me who prefers to spend a night off in bed watching netflix than literally ANYTHING else). So I think you did a great job this week, not just because of the theme and your hilarious costumes but I finally got to see you move as a whole, and I wasn’t dissapointed. I think you’re a really great mover and you really manage to combine the hoop skills with dance and it’s really paying off for you, I know you have more skills than this video shows me, but i’m cool with you keeping it minimal when you move like this because essentially you don’t need to use super fancy skills as long as youre being entertaining – and you most definitely are. I’m also a huge fan of the opening shot for the mirror ball on 2.04 – great body positioning, great camera angle, total poetry! great job.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation:8.5
Total Score: 25

NICK: Theme: A really nice entry this week, but got to say not quite as dazzling as last week, when you probably won week 1! That said you still connect really well with the camera and keep engagement throughout. I guess its a very broad theme this week, you could have worked some more narrative into it. Work on the storytelling, that’s the key to this competition, you’ve got bags of skills and good flow with the hoop, so focus on those aspects to set you apart.
Theme – 7/10
Skills/Flow – 8/10
Presentation – 7/10
Total: 22/30

BUNNY: Coelti you had me wondering from the very beginning where you were taking me! It felt like a journey from the get-go which is a winner with me. I was a little thrown though when we got to the party… maybe it’s been too long since I’ve been to the club but I just wasn’t there with you. The music made me feel like I was cruising in a convertible rather than rocking with you on the dance floor and your costume changes made me wonder, why’s the girl stripping? Is she high? If so, I would have liked to see some contextual cutaway. Your rock-out hoop moves were fun but again, I felt like I was being thrown around too much by all the changes without any continuous story telling. Take me on a journey Coelti, I know you can.
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 19

PHILO: The most EDM video so far, it’s clear to me already that you sure know how to rock a theme hard. And that’s so important – like 10 points important! So many things about this theme wise that I really love like your great use of locations and costumes. That being said some of the darker scenes aren’t as engaging as they could have been lighting wise, though it still kind of worked in that nightclub voyeuristic way. The problem comes when it’s so dark it could really be anybody doing those moves. You want us to always know it’s you. When your hair went up into shorter pig tails I wondered if Dizzy had returned from Season 5 – not a good thing for Coelti in Season 6. Tip: Even a friend with a decent flashlight on you while fire or LED hooping can make a big difference. Don’t let your theme idea get in the way of truly allowing us to see you, or letting your inner light shine bright too. All in all, really great job this week!

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5. TARYNN ALLAN: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: ooh! So fun to get a little taste of the Tadah retreat and see the cute cameos of Brecken and Emma. I liked your use of choreography and I thought you played with the light patterns of your LED particularly well in the 2 hoop sequences. I also loved your bright sparkly energy!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23

LISA: TARYNN! just yes-yes and ALL THE YES. first of all it appears like you are in one of my favourite places in the world, Tadah artist habitat, oh man, lucky you!!!!! Can you squeeze the big dogs from me?? i love those guys! OK so now your video. I think you must have really spent a lot of time putting this together and man, it’s paid off! I think the best thing is that you have created a group choreo bang on to the music, a lot of girls don’t think about choreo in these videos and you have and it’s so satisfying to see. GREAT music choice also. At the opening at 0.55 -this doubles sequence is one of my dreams, not overly complicated but super smooth and really-really pleasing to the eye, this is such good stuff! this is obviously where your strength lies and I can’t wait to see more of it from you! I think you’ve done an outstanding job this week.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

NICK: Theme: Go Leicester! Fantastic entry. Individually you are really highly skilled, the group choreo was awesome, the edits, the camera work, the interaction it was all very very high level business! Nice location, pretty sure that’s not the Midlands! I guess the only thing that I would change is if you’d gone further down the storytelling side of things, but with this EDM brief you could have taken it in many different directions and the one you went with was wonderful anyway.
Theme – 8/10
Skills/Flow – 8/10
Presentation – 10/10
Total: 26/30

BUNNY: Tarryn – living the hoop dream! YES! I love where you were going with this video however I feel that the lighting let you down a number of times. It’s so hard to get the lighting right with LED hoops but it’s an important part of showcasing your talent. You’re not alone on this difficult challenge this week. I love your backup crew! Great support routines, interesting group movement, if a little patchy – again, another difficult element to get right. Overall, this video had a really fun high vibe but there were points were I was really thrown by too much movement and too many lights without feeling guided through it… just like a dance party? Possibly! Love, Hoop Nanna 😉
Theme: 7
Skills: 7
Presentation: 6
Total score: 20

PHILO: You’re clearly bringing it this season and with backing hoopers, costumes, cool ideas and more this week it should be clear to everybody else too. Great job working the EDM theme. The fibre optics were a brilliant idea, but one that could’ve been much better utilized – coming in at a big change in song for a longer period, maybe some more slow motion too. You see Tarryn, it’s not just a very visually cool moment, but it would’ve really helped you “work” your music video wise, and we see how beautiful and stunning you and your energy are in that moment that it was captivating and way too short lived. Loved the guest star appearances but if they had context it would’ve been better. Like the group choreography scenes, was digging them, just make sure they’re on point or don’t bother. You always need to be the star and you don’t want someone in the chorus upstaging you cause they’re off beat. Really great ideas this week though and applaud the effort. I want you to start thinking more about the music more next week, the momentum of it, and how to really have your hooping and your hooping video capture and reflect the energy of it. And with that please give us a bigger ending. Going back to bed and seeing the hoop shine was nice in an 80’s music video sense, but for knocking it out of the park at Hooping Idol I want you to end with a bang, not a snooze. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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6. ZACHARY LAMBERT: TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: aww, a hoop love story! I am a fan. Zachary, there were so many bad ass hoop moments in here there are too many to count really. Good work! I would have done the LED segment again though, up against the flawlessness of the rest of the video, the few small blunders stuck out. I really really liked the whole video over all J And how did you get the hoops to follow you from the car???? So cool!
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25

LISA: Hey Zachary! Ok, so your theme interpretation was more valentines day than EDM i think, but you keep on blowing me away with some mind blowing combinations! There is too many to mention, I literally ‘wow’-ed your video and rewinded some of these moves a bunch of times, called my husband over who would sigh and annoyed-but-lovingly sit and try to work out some of these tricks with me, can you give me a lesson when I see you some time? That combo at 2.19-just woah! I think there is still a LOT you can do to clean your moves up though, I understand that it’s a style where the body is a bit hunched and the legs are a bit bent and your toes aren’t pointed, but I just really want to send you to a beginners ballet course so you can have a bit of work on your lines because I think all of your body shapes could just be so much prettier so those moves would just have such a more statured canvas to shine on -does that make sense?
Theme: 6.5
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23.5

NICK: What a really well executed video. The levels are high this week. People are stepping it up really early in this year’s competition. This is another high level video. The narrative/storytelling is the best of this week’s entries. Very engaging. Lots of quirky little shots and edits and once again some fluid and technically well presented tricks. Careful not just to repeat the repertoire, but I like that you have a big range of tricks. Really strong video again this week!
Theme – 9/10
Skills/Flow – 9/10
Presentation – 8/10
Total: 27/30

BUNNY: Zach this was super cute and funny! Of course hoops don’t respond to flowers! But donuts – hello! I really love watching you hoop, you’ve got great rhythm and sass with the camera. You brought it with your musicality and that one man party was clearly met by your lover hoops. Please note I’ve said this to almost everyone this week – re light hoops: they’re a bitch to light but if you wanna use them you gotta go there otherwise, videos fall flat. I’d put it high on your to do list if you want to use them again in the competition, which I am guessing you do. Also – more dance in your body please! I can feel it about to happen. You’re great. Thanks for the awesome video and congratulations on getting hitched to your hoop/s!
Theme: 8
Skills: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 26

PHILO: I loved it! Not only because it was kickass and hilarious and so well done, but because you took all the advice from the less well executed hoop love stories from last week and freakin nailed that whole plot line this week better than they did. Great job and great job playing to win! A star is born this week on Hooping Idol 6 and the only thing I’d rock harder is the theme itself. Great track that totally went with what you were doing and that you were actually hooping to, but all the simple green outdoor scenes didn’t lend themselves to EDM as well as I’d have liked. And be careful about going somewhere only to take us to the same place more or less. When you and your love were back in the car (super cute) that might have been when you should’ve ended up at the club. But great job this week! This left a great big smile on my face and I’m sure you just scored yourself a legion of new fans in the process.

*****

7. ZIGGY STARSHIINE: PAINTSVILLE, KENTUCKY, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Poignant beginning to a great video Ziggy! I would have liked more variety of angles, maybe get a friend to help you next time (and a ladder 😉 ), for shooting it yourself, you really got a great variety of shots and used the power of a good close up really well! Your hooping over all was great and I super loved the move at 1:52. It was really imaginative and butterfly like J
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25

LISA: Hey Ziggy! I wish you would have calmed down a little bit on some of the effects over your video because you made me a little bit dizzy! Also I think I need one of those fluffy hats! My favourite thing by far is that opening juggling shot, your juggling is so tight! i know that’s really tough so kudo’s to you. I feel a little bit luke warm about the rest of the video to be really honest. I think you have some great skills and you translate them into some lovely flow but i’m not getting the ‘wow’s at my screen that I really need from you, you are in the zone and doing your thing and I can tell you’re having a great time but I think you are still a little bit in your shell. I would love to see you push a little harder next week and show me some more risk taking, can you show me some more multi hooping? can you show me some tosses & catches? i’d love to see what you can do with that hoop off your body! i think you have all the potential if you put in the practise.
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 7.5
Total Score: 23

NICK: A pretty well put together video, linking to a theme that quite a few others have gone down this week. I like the tricks and the execution and some of what you are doing is highly technical, so points scored for that level. Where you need to focus is on the theme – make it more of a story, involve others, think of different locations and go wider screen rather than 3/4 frame. Just little things. All the same, your skills are the best part of your videos and that shows in these opening two weeks.
Theme – 7/10
Skills/Flow – 8/10
Presentation – 6/10
Total: 21/30

BUNNY: Ziggy Rainbow eyes! You’re a cutie that’s for sure. I love your vibe. You exude freedom. I think you really took a risk with the silhouette lighting to begin with, which I appreciate and think worked – I would however have placed that scene toward the end of your video, as you prepared to move into the darkness, to create smoother flow in your narrative. My favourite scene was the daylight rainbow furry scene – there was such magical energy in that whole sequence – your bad assery shone – and the lighting was great. I felt like I was at a rokn day party. Speaking of lighting… I love the light hoops, we all love the light hoops, but I love more seeing YOU in the light hoops, which wasn’t easy. You got some sass girl which will get you far in this competition, now I want you to really focus on the production quality. Can’t wait to see more!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 21

PHILO This was a pretty ambitious undertaking if you ask me and I applaud your ideas this week. While the world may not think headphones and letting the music take you is a great way to liberate your spirit, it’s like such THE old school raver underground dance community EDM message that I think you really nailed the theme this week. I also felt like we got to see you at the beginning for maybe the first time. It felt so you and so personable with your bindi appearing and woo! Loved it. That being said I want to see you take your production and polish level up. If you’re going to use fonts choose one. I’d stick with the very EDM one at the beginning. If you’re going to try conveying a message figure out a way to to do it that’s better than poorly framed low quality computer scrolling shots. You did a great job working the music this week and I could feel just how much the LED hooping scenes were supposed to go trip out hyperblast for us and loved that idea – but the quality and lighting weren’t there to really allow that happen. If you’re not going to light yourself and want the lights to trip out they’ve gotta be very clean, clear and well shot for that happen, possibly with some great effects to enhance it. You have some of the greatest ideas this week and I want to really see you and them shine as much as they deserve so bring as much attention to detail in your shoot as you obviously do to your outfits. Good luck!

*****

8. JENNIFER DENNEHY: ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: I liked the idea of the story, but it was a little incongruous for me and the song was a bit of a stretch to be considered EDM. But I loved your hooping! The over all dance integration was really good and I liked the variety of moves you displayed.
Theme: 6
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 21

LISA: Hey Jennifer, i’m really happy because I wanted to see more from you and that’s what I got this week. You have a really great presence on camera and your smile totally lights up the room, but then you really took your tricks to the next level this week AND you gave me a lil story line too! So trick wise, at 3.07 you do this lovely thing into a forward roll, thats so nice and so different, really great stuff! Your legs are so long I think if you worked on your flexibility that could really pay off in your hooping too! do some stretch classes! Here’s a little secret: instead of looking to things like Yoga for flexibility, take a trip to your local pole fitness studio, these chicks need EPIC flexibility and as a result most studios run really good classes to work on things like splits, box & back, I often take classes like these even though i’ve never touched a dance pole before in my life and I love them! Really great stuff from you this week, man – those pirouettes you do, such great footwork, your hooping is lovely and fluid. ace.
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 8.5
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 24.5

NICK: Cool video, really high levels skills. Seems to be a theme in this year’s competition! Really good camera engagement too and great musicality. The dream sequence was a nice change to the simple day/night idea that lots are running with this week. I loved the twins and the single hoop sequences. You might need to add another dimension or two – some extra characters or maybe a change of location from just the same space all the time, but all in in all a very strong video entry this week
Theme – 8/10
Skills/Flow – 9/10
Presentation – 8/10
Total: 25/30

BUNNY: Jennifer, what a great setup! You had me wondering! YOWZA! Yes times sure have changed and you captured that *difference* with your super femme sass and sparkle. Forget the baby, baby! You got twins and boy do you have them – fierce! Nice camera work by the way – you are captured well. However, as I’ve mentioned to almost everyone this week, lowlight is generally a no go zone on video unless it has context. I can see what you were trying to do with the blacklight but i would have amped the UV right up or cut the scene completely – I felt it detracted from all the colour, clarity and great light that you had already well established. Love watching you dance, smile, play and enjoy yourself in the hoop. This is one of my favourite videos of the week. Well done!
Theme: 9
Skills: 9
Presentation: 8
Total score: 26

PHILO: I love the idea here and where you were going with this Jennifer, I really do. Going back in time to try and spin your Ella Fitzgerald remix forward was interesting and captivated me right way. That being said, I didn’t get why our tasteful lady would be day dreaming this particular time travel scenario. Some finger snapping, wishing there was more of a beat, or trying to throw it down dance wise to a slow song or something would’ve made a much stronger impact. I also think having her day dream sequence increase rather than going straight from hat and veil to hot pink hot pants might have worked better too. Something disconnected and didn’t allow to fully buy in. This would’ve also been a great week given the D in EDM to really bring your body rockin’ hoop dance, especially to your jazzy Ella mix. Few in this competition can bring the hoop dance, flow and grace you can – it’s your great leveller – so make sure you bring more of that when you can and turn up the volume on the things that are so you and really set you apart! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

*****

9. BETH ANNE: KILLEN, ALABAMA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Fun and simple concept! I liked your “casual raver” outfit. So cute! Some of the smoothest chest rolls I have seen thus far in this competition. Your 4 hoop move at 2:18 went perfectly with the music and was an awesome contrast. Good work!
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 24

LISA: Hey Beth, can I just say off the top i think your accent is just SO GREAT!! and yes, you definitely picked the right outfit for the party! One of the things I like the most about you is that the skills you perform are SO clean, like your chest rolls are just perfect, I practise those buggers every day and I can’t ever imagine getting them as smooth as you do so well done. you have a really great and comfortable way of moving, I think you’d do really great in hip hop dance class -if you’re not already taking those and i’d love to see you hang out with some pop/lockers cause you have that movement style in you and you can really take that much-much further. I think you made a really funny story with you getting distracted on your way and i just love how you got your friends involved. you did a great job this week.
Theme: 8.5
Skills/Flow: 9.5
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

NICK: A good video sticking to the theme of EDM. I liked the storytelling, which is really important within this competition. You have a good range of skills and a dutiful team of extras who give your videos that extra little bit of push each week. Presentation wise it ended a bit abruptly, so that might be something to focus on, and it took a little while to get going. However, that’s not to take away from some excellent aspects within this week’s entry.
Theme – 8/10
Skills/Flow – 7.5/10
Presentation – 7/10
Total: 22.5/30

BUNNY: BA! Get to that party!!! One woman parties are popular this week, which I love. I kept waiting for you to meet up with your friends if only to get away from the first song! That music DID MY HEAD IN – I’m serious I almost had to watch you in silence. What’s happened to EDM??? When you hit the party I was hoping for something a little easier on the ear but I kept waiting and hoping and then it was all over. I guess when we party, things get skewed. Yah I felt the vibe. Your skills saved you for me this week. You’ve got some serious action going on with your quads! I’m looking forward to seeing a sequence from you that really flows and builds up your tricks, flow and hoop prowess. Keep it coming!
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total: 21

PHILO: OMG, I love how this was a continuation of last week. Totally didn’t see that coming and I loved it. I also thought you were working a dual role this week and that cool chick on the phone was you too. Immediately engaged but when you got a little sidetracked on the way to the party, I felt it in more ways than one. I was loving the journey but the long grass area sequences were poorly framed – get that camera closer next week – and it went on much too long. Why? Cause I wanted to know why you weren’t at that cool looking party yet! It was all I could think about – “Why isn’t she at the party yet? Go to the party!” Thankfully you did make it cause the party scenes were the best. I’d have started out hooping there immediately. This scene was so EDM and sadly ended too soon, and awkward and abruptly at that. Did you leave yourself in a good spot to continue your ongoing video idea that you started out with this week? I doubt it. This really needed a stronger ending, preferably one that set the stage for this ongoing sequence to continue. All that being said you’re completely 100% adorable and spinning up moves and ideas that nobody else is bringing and that is making you really stand out in my book. Now work that camera, engage it, get it closer to you when you hoop. Keep it up!

*****

10. MARISSA MARLO: PORTLAND, OREGON, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: I liked the more ambient music choice J City lights were beautiful too! I loved your move at 1:39, really clean and made a good effect with your LEDs. I also loved the choreography between you and the other girl. I wish there had been a little more light so we could see you better though. Overall, a sweet and beautiful video!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Hey Marissa, what a pretty video you gave me! I love that background, city of lights behind you, i really dig that setting! A great music choice from you and I love that you went for two plain LED hoops in different colours, it didn’t give me a headache as they can sometimes do! I think your skills with doubles is mad, it’s so fluid and it’s definitely my favourite thing of you to watch, and then that isolation move at 1.36, like backwards antispinning with the outer one, how on earth do you do that? that looks super hard! I love that you got your friend involved for the second half, but i feel like there wasn’t enough ambient lighting around you both for me to actually see what kind of hooping you were doing, thats the problem sometimes with LED hoops! even a street lamp would have made all the difference!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7.5
Total Score: 23.5

NICK: Cool video, although I’m a little unsure quite what the theme was. That said the tone of it was dark and moody, which was enjoyable. Some really nice combos and sequences and I liked the partner hooping. Presentation wise be careful not to get too close in with the camera so it looses too much of the hoop out of shot and work as hard as you can to avoid unwanted extras in the video. I couldn’t decide if those people on the steps were part of it or not. But the rest of the presentation is great, especially the opening 20 seconds or so.
Theme – 8/10
Skills/Flow – 7/10
Presentation – 7/10
Total 22/30

BUNNY: Marissa thank you for not assaulting my ears with your music. You took me to a party in nature musically so I was a little thrown when I found you in the city. I wanted to see you in a forest with those magical chill sounds. I like that you were creating narrative throughout this video but it was really hard to see you or your hoop friend towards the end! I know it’s hard to get the lighting happening with LED hoops but it’s an important element to consider as you move through this competition, as I am sure you will. I love watching you hoop! I think you can build up your trick sequencing more rather than chopping into them so much with your edits, especially with a song like this. Great second entry!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 21

PHILO: When you spin up something as great as you did last week on Hooping Idol, the problem is that you set an expectation that you’re going to do something equally well if not better the next. Last week we got a clear idea clearly and beautifully presented. This week we’ve got some lovely hooping scenes with a confusing plotline and subpar presentation. It could’ve been at the very least a sweet and sparkly late night hooping video – if the camera had been on a tripod or something and you had some light, even a flashlight, something. The people behind you in the square were looking elsewhere which didn’t help, if you’re going to have others in it they need to work to enhance, not distract. Clearly you’ve got the skills to go far this season, but next week you’re going to need to revisit the 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video and come up with a clearer concept. Loving you being here this season and truly hope you make it through to next week.

*****

11. FIREFOX: LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Firefox, WOW! I am seriously impressed. The settings, editing and story of your video were spot on and drop dead gorgeous! Your hooping; in particular your leg extension, 4 hoop split and 3 hoop split work is damn near flawless. The bar of this competition just got RAISED!
Theme: 10
Skill/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 30

LISA: aaaah this was so great!! damn you really stepped it up from last week GOOD STUFF! where on earth did you get a desert from? that was so cool. also you had by far the best costume out of everyone this week, you showed me some wicked hoop skills, some great multihooping especially which i love, and just as I was wondering if maybe this wasn’t really *that* close to the theme you found that crazy bedouin tent where the party was happening. i think you made a great story, epic video and you packed it full of things I love to see. amazing work!
Theme: 8.5
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9.5
Total Score: 27

NICK: Really well shot video, thoroughly enjoyed this. From the walk in shots at the start, the quick cuts and edits and the longer shots, which give depth to the video. Great variety of hoop skills and techniques on offer and excellent delivery. The area to work on is the theme. You could do with a bit more of a narrative or story with your video; it comes but you arrive at the party a bit late! Just bring that out earlier. However, you get away with it with well selected locations and consideration to costume, hoop colours…the finer details. The white against black hoops was a big win.
Theme – 7/10
Skills/Flow – 8.5/10
Presentation – 9/10
Total: 24.5/30

BUNNY: FireFox this is a really beautiful video – the lighting is stunning, your costume got me feeling all Xanadu does hoop and the locations were stunning. I didn’t feel the music but as I’ve noted before, it’s likely to be generational. I was SO waiting for the dance party and there it was, right at the end! I feel like you could have juiced that scene a splash more to get us in the dance party vibe. Skills however are ON point even if I did crave to see you dance with your body more! You’ve got it all coming together. Keep up the good work!
Theme: 7
Skills: 8
Presentation: 9
Total score: 24

PHILO: I love what your bringing these season Georgina. Seriously. Great scenery shots, killer locations, cool costumes, sweet skills. This is one of the best entries this week and is well thought out. If anything I wanted it to be longer. I wanted to see more of the white sands and spend more time at the final destination tent, but it really worked. I’d pay more attention next week to getting your hooping connected to your music. Even if you’re doing circus skills rather than hoop dance that doesn’t mean you can’t hit that move at a dramatic song moment, etc, or be bopping along on your journey to the beat. Great work this week though. Can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next.

*****

12. LILY “WILD HOOPS”: PORT JEFFERSON, NEW YORK, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Ha! So cute, you in the bathtub with your hoop! I really liked the sustain spin sequence at 1:02 – 1:10. So sweet and pretty! The overhead spinning shot was super cool and creative! How did you even do that? It made things really interesting. OMG, you fire hooping with your hair down made me so nervous! Over all I would have liked to see you IN the music a little more.
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 22

LISA: Hey Lily, great song choice, I feel you had a good overall grasp of the theme but there were a few problems for me. firstly one of the things with LED hoops is that you also need sufficient ambient lighting in the room/space if you want to show me the moves you are actually performing! it’s just a bit too dark for me to tell what’s going on! In a way this can be really fun and playful like that really cool shot where you’re lying in a foetus pose on the floor and the camera is turning around you, but as far as the hooping actually goes, I want to see more of YOU so I can tell what you’re doing! The fire hoop scene is much better for that as the flames give off a lot of light but to be honest, i kept on wondering how uncomfortable that leotard must have been riding up your butt like that! that outfit would have worked much better if you would have worn some dance tights underneath the leotard, clear fishnets in skin tan make that go from ‘a bit of a weird look’ to ‘classy chick’ if you know what I mean! also I think if you tied your hair back it would allow you to execute some more uptempo moves with the firehoop just to break it up a bit, it’s easy to just lull into a chilled 4×4 beat of movement with a song like this but it doesn’t have to be, you can totally speed up your hooping and slow it down in other moments to create a bit more excitement.
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 6
Presentation 6.5
Total Score: 20

NICK: Thematically this started really well, clear attempts at storytelling. I got a little lost later on so I couldn’t quite figure out how the rest of the video related to the start. But there was a theme, so points for that. Nicely edited with lots of cuts and camera changes to keep it dynamic, just careful you don’t get lost in the dark lit scenes, it was sometimes hard to see you. Nice flow to go with it, the music suited your style and the fire scene was smooth and fluid.
Theme – 7.5
Skills/Flow – 7
Presentation – 7
Total: 21.5

BUNNY: Oh WOW Lily! What an opening. I felt your torment. I wanted to know a little more about this potent story that you setup. But you did tell me how you got through it and for that I thank you for reminding me how transformative the hoop is and always will be. Like almost everyone else this week, your LED segment lost impact with a lack of ambient lighting. Don’t sweat it – it’s difficult to get right without professional lighting technicians, but do keep this in mind if you plan to use LED hoops again in the competition, video work or staged show. Nice lighting on the fire tho! and you kept your dance even as you danced with the ferocious flame – thank you! This was a beautifully evocative piece. I really enjoyed it. Well done.
Theme: 8
Skills: 8
Presentation: 8
Total score: 24

PHILO: Hmm. Were you going for a “I was feeling suicidal until hooping saved me” storyline? That’s my best guess, but I’m not entirely sure to be honest. If you had nailed that idea, assuming that was the idea, it could have been super powerful and really set you apart this week. Never underestimate the power of going for something emotional and powerful that really gets us to feel something. Some of my all time favorite hooping videos are the ones that made me cry. The problem here was that it isn’t clear and there wasn’t a lot of feeling. That could be because you were playing the part of someone very despondent – and if that was the case like suffereing from depression I’d have worked that more so it was clear. Hooping has done wonders for the mental health of many in our community, including my own. There was an odd cut to pills going into the sink, or were they candy? And then we had way too dark LED hooping followed by way too shaky fire hooping. Whatever idea you’re going to go with go there Lily, own it. And after this week we’re going to want to see something contrasting next. Good luck!

*****

13. SAPPHIRE SPIN: BELLE MEADE, NEW JERSEY, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Finally, a little bit of bodyrocking! It was only for a moment but it got me excited J I have to say I am not a fan of the hoops linked together. It just looks kind of clunky to me, or maybe I’m just old fashioned, ha! Super fun camera work and extras like the bubbles went a long way. I REALLY loved your energy through the middle as “sparks”. YES!!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

LISA: hey sapphire, first of all, i think your home made rave party is freakin’ adorable, i love the DJ!!! i thought it was just brilliant 🙂 what i like about your video is that you just look like youre having such a great time -all the time! you also have some impressive balance when you do that back bending whilst hooping! nice work. skill wise, my favourite part is when you go outside, what lovely doubles works and a nice 4 split too! i think you can work on cleaning some of your skills up here and there and the best way by doing that is just to film your moves and then work out how you can make them look tighter and then DRILL THEM. i think you’re well on your way here.. for next time… 3 minutes is enough! I know it’s easy to just pack a video full of stuff you love but you almost had 6 minutes here! way too long!
Theme: 8.5
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

NICK: I liked the theme, it had a nice story to it, which is really important. There are lots and lots of shots on offer. If anything its a bit too long. Anything over 3 – 3.5 mins for a hoop video is getting to be too much. To stand out take what you have and condense it. Take your best few tricks, try not to repeat too much and just present that. The presentation was good, with a variety of locations, which keeps it engaging, just cut the length and its all good.
Theme – 8/10
Skills/Flow – 7/10
Presentation – 6/10
Total: 21/30

BUNNY: Sapphire this was so cute! I love your DIY underground party set – it allowed you to have a little more control over your ambient lighting which is what was lacking from most other videos this week so well done! Thank you for including shots that showed your face and expression – they really added to my shared experience of your fun. You really know how to rock out! I love how you just totally go for it and get into it. You lost the ambient lighting around 2.20 – watch out for this next time you use LED hoops – it detracts. Girl, did you just do a backbend while hooping on your chest? My points slider just slid UP on that. I found the video too long for the mission at hand – I would have closed at 3.10 on a high note. Otherwise, great submission!
Theme: 9
Skills: 9
Presentation: 8
Total score: 26

PHILO: First off I want to thank you for bringing some effects and some serious hoop dance body rockin throw down to EDM Week too. Yay! I also want to applaud your hooping skills and your “danced all night heading home in your club clothes at dawn” ending. Next week I’d get a handle on a) video length – shoot for 3 minutes instead of 6, b) plotline – it was kind of all over the place. You say you’re not in the party yet, but there is party lights and a DJ? And an underground party posted on a pole? As someone who goes to underground parties they’re very email list only, hush hush, location announced privately the day of. And Sapphire, darling, nobody should’ve won a hoop off but you, even if it that was you playing a dual role. Was it? I really couldn’t tell. If it was, applause for the first dual role video this season, but it wasn’t clear enough to me either way, and c) polish. It was clear in your audition you’ve got the hooping skills to go far in this, and you were seriously in need of video polish for them to be taken more seriously. Next week I want to see you act as if you’re a professional hooper and make a very polished spot on hooping video. I want your attention to video presentation to knock my socks off. I feel like you’ve got it in you, all the elements were here, you just need a push. I want you to feel me pushing you.

*****

14. ANNI LALU: KIEL, GERMANY. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Ooh! Love the outfit and nice orbital spin at :58 J I would like to see more expressiveness through your face. As fun as that outfit and the setting was, I would like to see more of that showing on your face! I also would have liked more variety of viewpoints and shots.
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Hey Anni, were you actually on a hill for most of where you shot this video? i thought your movement was quite different this week compared to last week, but if you’re standing on a slope, on the grass it’s a bit harder to move around, especially in circles. i thought it was a little bit clunky this week and it could definitely do with more fluidity and a bit more fun. I guess it’s hard for me to see your face cause you’re all in the dark but to me it seemed like you had a lot less fun filming this video compared to your other one! I think your strongest moves here are definitely with the doubles. -oh and then you throw me a handstand!! can i see more of that? in your next video? show me another one? I think you can give me a better one without edits! cause it looks really good, i love it when you turn around and pivot on your hands. i think you did a good job getting the brief done this week but I definitely expect to see more from you next time.
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6.5
Total Score: 21.5

NICK: This video has lots of cool twins sequences and some aspect of presentation that worked well throughout. This includes the costuming, the backdrop to it and the camera cuts. However, it lacks in a real theme and would benefit from multiple locations. Its really hard to stay focussed when there is just one location and very little diversity in camera angles. The skills are there you just now need to back it with more of a theme and more presentation work.
Theme – 6/10
Skills/Flow – 7/10
Presentation – 6/10
Total: 19/30

BUNNY: Great opening Anni! Beautifully lit, great coloured hoops and set, plus your makeup not only saved your face from the darkness but it also added to your whole costume and the theme. It’s electro yo! In an EDM kinda way. You are a really skilled performer! A small note on touching your hair while performing – try to resist the urge to ever do it… if you do and it’s filmed – cut it. This is a close to perfect routine – leave the hair out of it! Great combination of long shots and closeups, fantastic composition. I can’t wait to see more!
Theme: 10
Skills: 9
Presentation: 9
Total score: 28

PHILO: Anni, this was so EDM from the very start that I don’t know that you needed a plotline, but it could’ve really benefited from some scene changes or different camera angles or something. Your outfit was amazing and you somehow managed to find the most kickass EDM location this week to throw it down. Next week though I want to see you rock out with your hoop even more though. Bring some emotion to your hoop dance and if the beat is funky get funky with it. If it’s dreamy music get graceful with it. Bringing the moves and flow to match the track that’s playing. If it’s feeling too one note do some double time fast hooping and some slower half time hooping to mix things up. You had a great ending this week and I would’ve loved to have seen more scenes from that event and you in them. Great job, but if you want to stick around longer you’re going to need to bring more than the one shot of you hooping experience, no matter how cool it is. Good luck!

*****

15. DAYNA FISHER: MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: What a great setting in the beginning!! I really liked your stacked escalator combo at 1:14. Super fun! And a few good combo’s in general through that section. A really fun dance scene at the end there too 😉
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: Hey Dayna, first of all i’d like to compliment you on the really great production of your video, a stand out this week in quality. I love this little tap move you do at 1.35! overall i think you could have put a little bit more effort into your costume in the day scenes and i’d also like to see you own your dance a bit more. It can be really tough performing for a camera only but you just have to pretend that you’re on your own (or in front of a big crowd!). The LED scenes were a nice addition BUT i do wish that you had zoomed most of it out a bit more.. being too up close can just get confusing and disorientating and I can’t really tell what you are doing much!! I would love to see you push your skills to the next level next time, i think I can see more from you!
Theme 7.5
Skills/Flow: 6.5
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 21

NICK: Lots of videos doing the day time/night time party theme this week and I thought yours was a good variation on that. Some creative combos and innovative aspects of your hooping too – the double throw to tap down was a highlight. The daytime scene is really well shot, just be careful when you go for a dark lit scene that you don’t loose your engagement and that the camera stays steady. Things to work on there, small criticisms of an otherwise good video.
Theme – 7/10
Skills/Flow – 7.5/10
Presentation – 7/10
Total 21.5/30

BUNNY: Dayna this is a fun video! I love all the renegade one woman dance parties that are happening this week. I felt your lighting could have done with some work all around. Your face was mostly in shadows to open which left me wanting. Then you headed right on to the club, as everyone else did this week because hello – it’s EDM week! But, just like *almost* everyone else this week, the lighting on the LED segment fell way short. It’s a monumental task to light LED hoops well – it’s not easy! But it’s worth pursuing. You’ve got some sassy hoop moves in there girl – keep roknIT!
Theme: 7
Skills: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 20

PHILO: I got excited a few times watching this Dayna. I felt like you pulled out some moves we hadn’t seen from you yet hooping wise and unexpected ones too. I love that. I feel like you’re still not loving the camera though so next week I want you to let that inner star shine and really own it. Great locations for this. The club scenes were awesome – and had the same problems as some of the others who did them too – but theme wise I’m glad you did it cause it was very EDM. Next week I also want to see you bring an ending that leaves us wanting to see more from you. You had that big music moment at the end and you should’ve worked that hoop wise and amped it up and nailed it with some finale something or other. Be careful with credits too. 10 seconds of silent scrolling is long enough for the energy to start to die, which isn’t the most ideal for having everybody hit that Like button. End it on a power moment and great work this week!

*****

There you have it, your Hooping Idol 6 contestants and their EDM Week submissions. Our judges have submitted their scores that comprise 40% of our final tally. The total scores from our judges for Hooping Idol 6 EDM Week are:

FireFox 105.5
Kat Collett 102
Zachary Lambert 101.5
Jennifer Dennehy 96.5
Tarryn Allan 96
Sapphire Spin 95
Beth Anne 94.5
Anni Lalu 90.5
Coelti 90
Ziggy Starshiine 90
Kat Kierans 88.5
Marissa Marlo 88.5
Lily Wild Hoops 87.5
Dayna Fisher 85.5
Maria Nava 85

The remaining 60% of the vote comes from you and the time has come to cast your ballot. Vote for the contestants you want to see continue on in the competition, and please please please – keep it to only one ballot per person. Thank you!

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SORRY: VOTING FOR HOOPING IDOL 6 EDM WEEK HAS CLOSED

Your Hooping Idol 6 EDM Week ballots are being accepted only until Thursday, May 12th at 3:00 pm 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 and details for our next challenge. Happy EDM Week everybody!

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