Hooping Idol 6 Horror Week

Hooping Idol 6 Horror Week

Hooping Idol 6 Horror Week

It’s our fourth exciting week of Hooping Idol Season 6 and we’re scared! We’re seriously scared! Why? Because it’s Horror Week! Our remaining seven finalists were given the spookiest Idol challenge yet in their quest to win the title and our Ultimate Hooping Idol 6 Prize Package.

Our sixth season of Hooping Idol kicked off with our initial casting call. We then introduced you to our 21 contestants for season 6. For week one our finalists all spun up something groovy for Sixties Week. After the judges scores and the public vote 6 were eliminated. Then the remaining 15 all hit the clubs for EDM Week and in the end 5 more were sent home. We threw everybody a curve ball for week three, Opera Week and 3 more were sent home. And now our ever spinning search for the next big hooper star continues.

This week they’ve all spun up Horror Week hooping videos while keeping an eye on our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video tips. They were all told to make it count too because at the end of Opera Week two more will be eliminated.

Hooping Idol may be a pretty crazy contest, but it’s also 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.

MARYEVE GAUDREAU:

Maryeve Gaudreau We also have a very special guest judge for Horror Week on Hooping Idol 6, the hula hooping wonder woman who was really pulling for this theme to happen this year all along. It only seemed right to give her a seat at the judge’s table for it too. A few years ago, at just about this time, Maryève Gaudreau of Hula Hoop Quebec emerged victorious as the winner of our third exciting season of Hooping Idol. She really spun her way to victory after dazzling us with her steady progress all season long. Emerging from Circus Arts Instructor program of the National Circus School of Montreal, Maryève has been keeping busy as a circus school instructor, as well as a hula hoop performance artist – all while pursuing her other artistic projects. Incredibly creative and a true original, she’s participated in events all over the world from France to Brazil. There’s no doubt at all that she has truly used her Hooping Idol 3 win to spin even more amazing things into her exciting hooping life. So please welcome back to Hooping Idol the incredibly talented Maryève Gaudreau from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. We’re excited to have her with us for Horror Week!

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 hooping videos he really knows what he’s talking about. 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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So without any further ado, let’s all turn out the lights and grab somebody to hold on to. It’s Hooping Idol 6 Horror Week and we proudly present our seven finalists in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

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

ANAH: Fabulous hooping, as can be expected from you! I love how integrated your movements are with your hoop and that you hoop with a lot of freedom and courage. Sadly, I think this video fell a little short of the theme, though it was really well shot and edited. I am totally a fan of yours though!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 27

LISA: i think this was extra-great videography from you this week! you went all out getting your friends involved and by adding the fire scene too – great work. I think you are a fantastic hooper and I love how you keep surprising me with new stuff! that hoop-juggling is super clean! I recommend you work on your standing splits and active flexibility because you have really nice splits, but as soon as we put a hoop on that and we stand on one leg it becomes a whole dfferent ballgame, stuff like that is not easy so it’s important to add daily drills where you learn to keep your leg up high while you’re balanced. start without a hoop and start with 40 seconds. Bring your leg as high as you can with your hands and move yourself into your desired standing position if you were to have a hoop. during your 40 seconds keep pulling your leg higher and higher. in the second round you’re going to halve the time but you’re also going to take out your hands! so 20 seconds with your leg up, but no hands to hold it into place. work your way up to one minute with & 30 seconds without hands. do this for a couple of weeks and then put a hoop back on your splits! remember it’s about the balance as much as the flexibility so no shuffling around on the floor! your foot has to remain in the same place 🙂
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

NICK: A great setting for a horror video. Dusty town and disused buildings, has all the makings of a great video. It was good, perhaps not quite to your previous standards, but you still have the skills to pull it out of the bag. I did get a little lost with the theme, it was no doubt horror, but I couldn’t quite figure out the story. Away from that another demonstration of some versatile hoop skills which looked trained and honed. Careful not to stray too far over the 3 minute mark, which is about ideal in length. Small criticisms aside, I’m sure we will see you back next week!
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 25

BUNNY: Wondered where you’d go with this one FireFox. I’m not sure I actually went there with you though. The music, your smile, your performance, your backup crew – all fantastic! But didn’t make me feel scared or tell me a horror story. The few prop and peek shots threw some hints, but when the action kicked in i felt really confused by what was going on and the music threw me out of horror world from the get-go. Did you find a house full of murderers or murdered? Were they circus crew ghosts or zombies? Why were you all so happy at the beach fire? It wasn’t clear to me at all. Lovely hooping as ever and wonderfully shot video. Next week I want to see you really immerse into the story.
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23

MARYEVE: I love that song. Nice skills, I like your flexibility moves and multi hoop, it’s very clean. Great location, editing, costume and attention to details. It makes me want to travel in that part of the USA! The ending is strange with the circus people, which is good for horror week.
Theme: 10
Flow/Skills:10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 30

PHILO: That was so well done. I was like “Oh no, someone got her!” But I was fooled. Love that. Yay! It had all these elements popping up throughout coupled with those amazing legs of yours and sweet moves all along the way. There wasn’t a dull moment until the fire scene. It could’ve ended with the applause at 3:02 perfectly. There’s some truly gorgeous footage beyond that, there really is, but with the tension and momentum you were building over it was less engaging then it would’ve been otherwise – and you don’t seem to be hooping to the music either which is also gives it less oomph – but very nice job again this week. Just the right amount of horror and hooping in my book. I’m leary of your new flow friends though LOL – Applause!

*****

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

ANAH: Zachary, it’s no secret that I love your hooping, I would like to see more dance infusing your movements though! Stretch those arms, loosen those hips! I thought the story was good and I liked the cliff hanger at the end. I think there could have been maybe more of a battle between you and the scary dude to add more fright!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 26

LISA: Wow that was creepy! So i think i got your story, maybe the music was a bit too boring and repetitive for me this week but I loved how you set up the video and the editing of your serial killer self in it. I have to say that I think you are technically my favourite hooper at this point in the competition. I also feel like you’ve been taking in our advice and i think your lines are looking so much cleaner! and that little set at 0.42, that’s what it is all about for me, i LOVE THAT!!! a really great submision from you this week with utter technical bliss.
Theme 8.5
Skills/Flow: 9.5
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 26

NICK: I love the play on the Michael Myers theme. Its one of the spookiest themes going. I’m glad someone did it this week. This was a really well set up video, lots of eerie shots and tense cuts running through it. Your hooping continues to be great, I love the wraps and the plane melting you work with. I’d love to see some more variety though, so it breaks you out of very similar hoop techniques each week. The presentation was great, I loved the light (or lack of it) in the night scenes and I was surprised you were the only person who themed it around a graveyard. I thought there would be more. Well done on utilising that and on another excellent standard this week.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25

BUNNY: Nice work Zach! You got the creeps happening in classic horror formula – everything’s all peachy keen until the psychopath comes out to play. And to find out that psychopath was you all along. Wooooah!! Bad news. Your camera work was definitely a watching eye. Loved the music and the buildup. When you found him in the house… Oh no!!! I watched too many horror films just like that as a kid so yeh I was scared. Horror is a challenging theme to hoop to and somehow you did it – skipping through the woods into the graveyard with your wedgie flips n all. But, I found your movement during this second part of the video a little too bouncy for the narrative. A lot of your hooping makes me feel happy which took me right out of feeling scared. I would have liked to have seen more fear in your hoop moves. Or maybe you have no fear? Next week – should you make it through – I want to see you really engage with your emotion Zach. It’s just waiting to pop. Good work!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23

MARYEVE: Really horror movie. I like your storyline and your ending is good. Really funny and entertainning. You have interesting skills, try to add speed variations in them. And try to explore what you can do with your hands when they are not inside the hoop. I saw some « t-rex arm » or « dead hand ». I would like to see what you can do with 2 hoops too.
Theme: 10
Flow/Skills: 7.5
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25.5

PHILO: Halloween is one of my favorite horror films so as soon as that creepy music starts I was in. A few things happened before that that were hard to hear. I figured out you were talking to your Mom and having a cut to a woman on her phone warning you about being alone in those woods would’ve been awesome. Despite the set up having some problems though, this was really freakin awesome. I loved it! I’d have used the LED hoop to light my way going up stairs – a missed opportunity. The Michael Myers appearances could have been shorter quick creepy cuts like the film, but they were effective. And you had me laughing out loud as you hooped your escape. Good thing he’s so slow, right? There’s some same shot hooping edits later on that didn’t work cause there’s clearly lapses in time and isn’t there a homicidal maniac after you? If you blow a move or drop your hoop and you need to edit something out, come back from that edit with a different view or scene so it doesn’t look like you’re just editing out a mistake. If you don’t have the footage do a closer crop cut – anything so it looks deliberate. I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m being too critical though because I totally loved your submission. Loved the ending! Great ideas, great hooping, really great week for you!

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

ANAH: Ooh! Nice pizza toss and nooping! Especially the double nooping, that was cool. Your four hoop arm split was great too! I liked the zombie concept, but it was a little incohesive for me. I did really like that you taught them to hoop though, ha!

Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 26

LISA: HAHAHA i loved your video! This is exactly what I wanted to see from you, MORE! You gave me lots of the quad stuff which i think you are really good at, it’s a real strength of yours, and i think you should keep working on it -it’s so nice. i love the addition of your mates as zombies, you’ve caught me at such a good time cause ive just finished watching all of The Walking Dead. i’m really happy you put that 4-split in too! it’s not perfect yet but i really love to see you pushing it!!! you need to do lots of drills with one hoop on your waist and the other one on your knees, try and get them both to go at the same speed! are your hoops taped with grip tape on the inside? that will take you a LONG way on multi-split drills!! (although it’s really sh*t for all of the quad and double manipulation stuff, sorry!!) one thing I would have liked to see from you is maybe a few more close ups of your face or a bit more acknowledgement of the camera.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 26.5

NICK: This was a much more well conceived video than last week, across theme, skills and presentation. You’ve got great variety in the way you hoop: 1, 2, 3, 4 hoops. Just be careful on the 4 hoop split, it was just about in control. The theme was great, I’m glad your travelling band of support extras were up to the challenge this week! I’m pleased also that it was more story focussed than last week, it all seemed to fit together much better. Great work!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

BUNNY: Yay! a zombie story!! I’d been waiting for it all week. But oh no! Your friends?!! They were some mean looking zombies too. Your escape was filled with lots of fun hooping vignettes. I would have loved to see some storyline between your moves and the narrative of the video – were you building up your power to get away from your zombie friends? Were they so attracted to you because your brain teasing tricks were just too deliciously braining? Were you trying to lure them back onto the light side? But wait, you got them hooping! You are an inspiration to one and all Beth Anne – including dead zombie friends. I love your relaxed casual hoop style and you have an incredible range of tricks. I would love to see you draw out your moves more, consider the movement narrative and embrace the musicality in your body. This was a fun take on horror! Well done.
Theme: 8
Skills: Flow 7
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23

MARYEVE: Really love how you connect all your videos together, it’s really clever. I would appreciate longer hooping sequences without cuts. Also, when there are cuts between scenes I expect to see another camera angle, or another decor. Your movement seems a little bit frozen, try to explore how you can move while hooping. This video is really funny, I like how you save yourself from the zombies.
Theme: 9.5
Flow/Skills:8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25.5

PHILO: OMG Zombie Attack! Everybody loves zombies. I know I do, and I loved your submission this week. Fantastic submission this week Beth Anne. I have pretty much the same notes for you as Zach though. While I do love your ongoing story it didn’t connect well with or help your set up. I had to rewind to get that it was you and that you’d gone home to change and they all went to the park without you and your friend who took too long getting ready so they all ended up zombiefied – and that was a lot of dot connecting. That being said the story itself was awesome. Good thing zombies are slow so you can take hoop breaks, right? LOL. You had some nice edits in terms of going with the music, but to take these same shot sequences to the next level you need to make those edits work for you even more. Even though it doesn’t look like you were editing out mistakes and more just giving us a demo reel of your moves, coming back from an edit with a different view or angle or a closer crop cut can make those look even more deliberate and effective. This was a total winner though with the perfect ending. You and Zach were both in the bottom with the judges last week and it’s great you both were saved by your fans to spin up such winners this week. Great job!

*****

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

ANAH: I love your movements and how fluid you are! There were a few slip ups here and there. I think you should look carefully at your footage and shoot again if there is an off moment. It could be the difference between good and great! They were very tiny losses of smoothness, but on video you can see them. I absolutely loved your rendition of “Psycho”! Super creepy 😊 and the shower scene was AMAZING!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 29

LISA: hey Jennifer! oh no! murdered by hula hoops and bleeding the.. weirdest looking blood!! So i didn’t get the reference at first but your video had me really intrigued so I looked it up and i’m totally going to watch Psycho now, kinda can’t believe I haven’t yet? I think your video this week was a really creative way of working with the theme and I loved it, especially that neck-kickout-to-wedgie move, oooh! My only critique is that unfortunately because of the black & white filter your hoops have disappeared into the background here & there, that’s a real shame because I really need to see the hoops to see what you’re doing! A great variety of skills from you joined with some fantastic movement and a solid idea. Loved it.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 26

NICK: You seem to be smashing it every week now. Each week is a well thought out and constructed theme, with some of the best skills left in the competition. It takes time to go that little bit further with the storytelling, choreography and presentation, something you’ve been doing since week 1. This is at least as good as last week’s, maybe a little better, because you picked a belter of a horror theme and the character interaction throughout was fantastic.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

BUNNY: Ew that was creepy Jennifer. You got me right from the freakn psycho beginning. I was really scared for a moment there. The spell broke for me when the hooping started not because of your awesome moves girl, but the whole vibe shifted too radically including the audio. Try fading in your sound so it’s less jolty. I wanted to be drawn more into the creeping fear and less thrown into a hoop routine with a loose movement narrative. What’s the connecting story point of moving from inside to outside? Am I missing a piece of the psycho story pie? Feels like it. It took me a beat or two then I was drawn back in your quirky psycho thriller. Love the shot and lighting at 1.15. Love your hooping. Love the murder. LOVE just how deranged it all gets. Great video! Next week I want to see you tighten up your story telling visually and your movement narrative. Good job!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total score: 25

MARYEVE: At first I was a little repelled by the choice of only black and white. But you managed well the old horror movie style. Great storyline. I like that you chose a real story and made it yours. Characters are well interpreted, you took nice attention to the details. You have a good sequences of hooping in this too. I particularly like your jump at 1.14.
Theme: 10
Flow/Skills: 8.5
Presentation: 9.5
Total Score: 28

PHILO: Your Hooping Idol tribute to Psycho was something of a masterpiece Jennifer. OMG! That shower scene is probably THE most famous horror movie scene in history and getting it so right like you did had to have been a lot of work. You pulled it off in spades. The peep hole, the vintage underwear, the motel – there are so many things here you just nailed in beautiful black and white. I loved seeing you in a double hooping roll too with Norman’s hoop dance style being so different than Mother’s multi-hooping skills. Super smart. I’m not sure what happened with your YouTube video quality this week – it’s really low at 360 – looks much better on Vimeo. I might have used someone else’s voice to narrate, but I have to say this is one of the best Hooping Idol entries we’ve ever seen.

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

ANAH: super creepy!! I really liked the use of shadow and bright light to make the mood. Awesome use of costuming and makeup too! Your hooping was clean and well thought out. I would like to see more body contact with your rolls. Slowing the hoop down slightly just before the release can help with that when you are using a small hoop. Awesome job!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

LISA: Oh Kat! I genuinely felt awful for you!! this was pretty terrifying, a clever idea for horror week! I particularly liked your transitions with double hoops today, some very original and interesting stuff there! The yellow hoops were also a great choice as they really popped against the somber background. Some great technicality in your wedgies with a great pace too! I think I was missing a little bit of movement from you though, I would have preferred to see you use a little more of the space you were in but I also understand that the whole point of this story was that you were being held captive in a small space. Even though you look so sad, I can tell that you LOVE what you do! Good work from you this week.
Theme: 8
Skills 8
presentation 8
Total Score: 24

NICK: This was a pretty dark horror concept, quite a departure from some of your previous videos. I liked the change up here. Watch out for the planes on some of the doubles and try to keep the arm straight with the rolls would be my advice. I like the double wraps, they are your most innovative skills. The presentation continues to be well shot and edited video. The light was good and the room pretty spooky, and the added difficulty of hooping on a sloped floor, which you did really well this week.
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

BUNNY: Kat, this was really spooky! I got a whole Vanessa Ives vibe which is ON point for me right now. I would have loved to see you in a strait jacket of sorts or full on ropes and then a break out. I felt you dove quite quickly into your release and skills after setting up such an intense vibe of captivity. I would have preferred to see your scene at 1.15 up first to get more of a sense of your restraint and struggle then release by your captor. It flew by too quickly for me to connect with you and what you were going through. These are all small, finer detail points that would have taken you into a 10 thematically for me but as it is, you pretty much nailed it. Yes insanity reaches hoopers in the form of captors and squares! We need circles! And we need freedom. Your hooping is as always mesmerising and brilliant. Thanks for showing me how you get your second hoop on! Nice trick timing with the music too. Your flippys at 1.59 could be a little sharper but again – small points! The video itself is really fantastic – interesting angles, love the Dutch tilt to open, great lighting and even loved the shadow work – it added to the theme. Just one point here on switching around hoops and costumes too much without context. It distracts the line of story telling. Overall, well done! You are playing for the WIN.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25

MARYEVE: I like your choice of music. Nice story and choice of location, very creative way to play with your environment. I like the 1.43-1.56 part. You also have an interesting double hoop sequence at the end and you seem comfortable with double hooping. The lighting is perfect for this kind of video. Your character is well played. I love that you’re willing to play a creepy strange character.
Theme: 10
Flow/Skills: 8.5
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 28.5

PHILO: That was super creepy Kat. It might have even been a little too disturbing for our hippie hoop loving viewers, but it was also your best video work yet. Your camera interaction has never been better. You took us somewhere unexpected this week too, even if it was somewhere we didn’t want to go. LOL. It definitely rolled with the theme and your story. Loved your hoop rolling uphill move and that hand on the wall camera moment was so on point. That’s what I’m talking about. And now she’s drawing squares. That’s so sad. My only real note for you this week is about the camera work. The jerky hand held camera movements were a little problematic – especially when editing software these days like iMovie let you focus on different points in your frame so seamlessly. I might have used some grainy filter moments this week, but you did a really great job. Enough so that I don’t think I’ll be sleeping tonight. Great work again this week! You just keep getting better and better and it’s so cool to watch.

*****

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

ANAH: I really liked the setting in the hallway! Be careful to really look at your footage and shoot again if it’s not smooth. On video it shows up. I think maybe if you had interspersed the video with footage of you in your day hoop it would have showed off your awesome hoop skills better. I really liked your costuming and the “Blair witch” vibe!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

LISA: hey Coelti, I think that’s a clever use of the LED hoop but I just feel like you could have taken that story so much further. I would have liked you to actually have a confrontation with ‘yellow hoop’ earlier and for something to happen! did they kill you? did they break your hoop? why was it pure horror? now it’s just a bit creepy. Also I wish you would have used another hoop as well as your fire hoop. it’s my personal taste but I am not a fan of fire hooping and your video is a good example why. I just know you are so much better than that. having a bunch of flaming spokes in the way isn’t doing anything for you here because you can’t do half of the things you are so good at! I think they can be beneficial for adding a mood to a performance or to accentuate or to be a backdrop for something else, but this week your video and almost 5 minutes of firehooping just made me want to go and do something else. i *know* you can give me something 10x more amazing than this!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 5
Presentation: 6.5
Total Score: 18.5

NICK: Really dark settings for this one. I loved the slow build up of the theme, with the ever present and slowly gaining character/hoop in the background. I loved the ending with the camera being ditched and you legging it away. The hooping is good and its difficult doing just fire the whole way through. You kept it slow and controlled which allowed it to stay together for the duration. Of that subject, the length needs to be tailored a bit. I know a lot of the start was set up and not hooping, but 5 mins is pretty long! Anyway, that’s the only criticism this week, I really enjoyed the video, good luck with the vote!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

BUNNY: I appreciate the risks you take in your videos Coelti – most times they pay off. The behind the scenes prelude, the fixed full length shot, the fire, your choreography. I would have loved to have seen more of your face in the opening scene to spook me out or evoke an emotional connection with you. An extra mid-shot or closeup would have served here. I also was craving your story which wasn’t clear at all. There were so many moments of really great connection with the music and your dance which I enjoyed a lot, but also a few drop outs where it felt like the fire took over. Did you burn your hand at the very end or was there something going on with the rogue hoop floating in the background? I didn’t get this at all. I read it as an onset fire accident which gave me all the horrors a girl doesn’t need on a Tuesday night. Your breaks at 3.00 mins were my favourite part of your hooping where I was lured into the spiral patterns. I hope you make it through this week to craft up something sensational next week Coelti! Thanks for all the great inspiration!!
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 21

MARYEVE: I like your story (nice ending!), but I have the impression that your video is a bit too long. The redundant music adds to this. However, you have great musicality. Also at the beginning you spend 1 min without hooping, it’s possible to establish a scenario faster. You seem comfortable with fire, but I would not have chosen doing all the video with the fire hoop. It limits the range of things that you can do. My favorite part is at 2.39 when you connect with us, we can really feel something with your character and intention.
Theme: 9.5
Flow/Skills: 7
Presentation: 7
Total: 23.5

PHILO: Coelti, I’m thinking about your Sixties Week video right now and how totally amazing that was and how I’m wishing there was some of that here. Not the Sixties, mind you, but that super clean and clear attention to detail and delivery from start to finish. I’m also thinking about your Opera Week power house and wishing there was some of that here too. The unfortunate side effect of already knowing what you’re capable of is having higher expectations and while there’s nothing really wrong here, when this gets stacked up against the other submissions for Horror Week it falls short. Your couch set up may not have been smart. I felt like we knew the glowing stalker hoop was this cool and really loving and supportive guy. The initial laundry room moment with the music was actually very creepy, loved it, but the hoop glowing and going on and off in the distance went on too long, losing momentum rather than gaining it, plus it distracted too much attention from your sweet moves. Truly beautiful fire hooping in a creepy looking tunnel, thank you, so gorgeous – but that very limited space (and perhaps the fire too) didn’t allow you to really bring it the way I know you can. Masks can also have a tendency to create distance with your audience, and with such low fire hooping light I think that happens. You’ve proven yourself to be such a contender though I hope your fans, of which I count myself one, keep you here another week. You’re so adorably dynamic – it’d be a total shame to lose you.

*****

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

ANAH: oh wow!! I LOVE the mood of this piece so much! The song managed to set a strange mood while still being very artistic and lyrical. I loved your movement/dance integration. Your hooping was clean and totally integrated into the mood. Kinda blew me away actually. The editing told the story very well with the quick cuts and fluctuating speeds. AWESOME!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 30

LISA: Wonderfully creepy. Where do you keep on finding all these amazing locations? Another drop dead gorgeous video from you. I love that you went for a smaller hoop this week. Excellent song choice, (cocorosie? am I right?) I’m wondering if you do your own editing or if you have a friend who helps you, but whoever it is, i just love how the music works so well with your moves. I also think you’ve made really good use of the fire hoop. I am always a bit unsure of fire hooping in general but I feel like it perfectly matched your story and setting. top quality moves and great entertainment from you this week!
Theme: 8.5
Skills: 8.5
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 26

NICK: Another one in this competition going the extra mile to lift their videos each week. There’s 2-3 now doing it each week. I’ve got a list in my head of those I reckon will make it to finale week and you’d be one of them. That was an editing win, served up with lashings of mood changing cuts and macabre flashes between the two players here. I like that you did something different, playing with a smaller hoop and introducing some fire into your video here. You have lots of variety in what you do and are not afraid of changing it up, which is refreshing now that we have all been here for a few weeks!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 8.5
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 27.5

BUNNY: Another stunning video Tarryn! WOW it all looked so pretty and you totally went there. The music and locations set the tone and the way you wove aspects of your psyche into the visual story was powerful. The dark and light, the shadow, fear, insanity – it was all there. The editing was beautiful and you hit the lighting well in all scenes. My favourite part was from 1.33-2.00 minutes where I feel you totally embodied the psycho-horror vibe as a movement narrative. I was scared for you. I loved how you teased it all out. In fact, I wanted you to go further by developing a progression or an outcome in your story. I felt your storyline drifted – it was a difficult one to stitch up. Technically your flow is on and your skills are clearly there. Next you may wish to up the anti in the tricks department to take us into the mega WOW zone next week. Well done! My favourite video of the week.
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

MARYEVE: My favorite video this week, you have a great artistic sense, the music, the editing, plus you have a beautiful way to move. I like your interpretation, your hooping between 1.33 and 1.55 is awesome. My only negative point is that is too short!
Theme: 10
Flow/Skills:10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 30

PHILO: Thank you for bringing the emotion and the drama this week Tarryn! Your submission this week quietly drew me in, took me to kind of a peaceful and thoughtful place I was really enjoying early on, and then spun me somewhere else entirely, drawing me into something I still don’t really understand, but the ride was so captivating and disturbing and engaging that I don’t really care. When you look up into the trees at .50 I got chills. At 1.05 when you’re looking at the camera while getting caught in some energetic phantasm as the camera surrounds you – it’s soul wrenching. Seriously. Wow. Great musicality this week too. I really felt your music in your movement and there’s nothing better. Great ending too. Your best video yet. Your editing choices took a step up this week. Everything felt much more on point and deliberate from start to finish. You could go even further with it. I wish the second soul blurring sequence was as smooth as the first, but I’m being nitpicky. This had such great momentum building from start to finish – much easier to do with a length of only 2:29 too. Smart. I also feel like we got to see Tarryn’s we hadn’t seen yet and those kinds of surprises are really nice at this stage of Hooping Idol too. Applause!

*****

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

Tarryn Allan: 140.5
Jennifer Dennehy: 135
FireFox: 130
Kat Kierans: 128.5
Zachary Lambert: 125.5
Beth Anne: 125
Coelti: 110

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!

Are you ready? You can choose up to as many as 2 contestants from the ballot below that you want to see move forward.

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SORRY: VOTING FOR HOOPING IDOL 6 HORROR WEEK HAS CLOSED

Your Hooping Idol 6 Horror Week ballots are being accepted only until Wednesday, May 25th at 5:30 pm PST. The two 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 Hooping Horrors Everybody!

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