Hooping Idol 6 Opera Week

Hooping Idol 6 Opera Week

Hooping Idol 6 Opera Week

It’s our third exciting week of Hooping Idol Season 6 and we couldn’t be more excited! This week it’s are top ten finalists were given a real curve ball to shake things up. Welcome to Opera Week and they’re giving it their all this week 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 21 finalists all spun up something groovy for Sixties Week. After the judges scores and the public vote 6 were eliminated. Last week the remaining 15 all hit the clubs for EDM Week and 5 more were sent home. And now our ever spinning search for the next big hooper star continues.

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

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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So without any further ado, let’s all put on something glamorous and make our way to the Opera House. We proudly present our Top Ten finalists in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

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

ANAH: Dayna, super cute and creative idea, though I didn’t really get it?? Maybe I am dense! I loved that dress and the song. I wish you had played out the drama a wee bit more. Also, for your continuous chest rolls try to make contact all the way across, it will make things more seamless J Totally hysterical with you doing her hair WHILE hooping… too funny and you got an extra point for that 😉
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

LISA: Hey Dayna! first of all: LOL the barbershop, thats classic, hllarious and really smart of you to think of that!! i think your hooping skills were lovely this week but i am wondering if you could have pushed it a little bit further with MORE movement and more variation, maybe thats because you borrowed someone’s shop and you wanted to make sure you didn’t break anything inside? I would have enjoyed a different scene to cut to or maybe a little bit more of a story, or some stupid drama inside… do you know what I mean? i sort of phased out after two minutes. You could have thought about maybe bringing in some more hoops or given me more of a twist to the story line… almost there!!
Theme: 8
Skills 7
Presentation 7.5
Total Score: 22.5

NICK: A pretty quirky and entertaining video. Ah yes, that classic combination of hooping, opera and a haircut. But I liked it, it worked well and kept me engaged because there were lines of narrative to it. The hooping is pretty quick and sometimes its all happening really fast, perhaps too fast for me to take in, so you could think about ways to slow down the delivery. The filming is better than last week, the camera not getting too shaky, well done for working on that. The best one from you so far!
Theme – 8
Skills/Flow – 7
Presentation – 7.5
Total Score – 22.5

BUNNY: WOW Dayna. This week’s theme really pushed everyone’s creativity and you are no exception. Your video was so much fun. I hadn’t expected to make that comment this week. How to make opera fun! Now that’s art plus skill. I personally love opera but I wouldn’t use the word “fun” to describe it. The Barber of Seville however, yeh you can and did have fun with that! I like the risks you took in this video in playing with the theme and location along with your costume, movement, sustained spinning, your humour and cute little smiles. The mirror shot around 2.20 was cool! I feel like the shot around the 3 minute mark deflated the video a little – the lighting was really different to all the other shots and felt like it interrupted your visual styling a little. However your rock out at 3.15 made me forget all about it so ALL GOOD. The only other thing i may have added to this video is a bit more texture with a vignette or filter so we were a bit more “on stage” (per theme) rather than in video. Overall, great submission and well done for shaking it up!!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total score: 24

PHILO: OMG Dayna, what a fantastic way to work the Barber of Seville for Opera Week! You had me smiling the entire time and I loved seeing you spinning things up in that gown too. The foot hooping, the blow drying, the whole thing was fantastic. This is your best week yet – and her hair looks so much better too. Thank you for giving us more camera engagement – it really makes such a big difference, but next week I want to see even more. My note for you this week is on musicality. You gotta be hooping to the music, even if it’s only through the magic of editing. The slow roll sequences were nice, but get this down and you’ll be knocking it out of the park. Great job this week! Bravo!

*****

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

ANAH: I can tell you really worked hard on the choreography! There were a few slip-ups here and there but I know hooping with precision to opera is super freakin tough! Good job! I loved your setting and outfit… I wish there had been a touch more variety in the shots. Great drama though 😉
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25

LISA: Hey Coelti! Did you actually make that whole routine set to that music? I’ve got to give you props for that because that takes a lot of time, most competitors edit their moves onto the music later but you’ve done a one shot video of your act. that’s real gutsy!! your costume is amazing, so is your setting!! did you have a real audience too? or is that from the track? your video is a bit different from the others this week because you’ve gone for a performance in one run, that might look different on screen than it does in real time so in a way it’s less entertaining, however I can see the effort that’s gone into this and if it would have been me, i would have taken MUCH longer than a week and I would have stressed about it like a maniac so I think you were very brave and you’ve done a great job, well done.
Theme: 8.5
Skills: 7.5
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

NICK: In a week for working out who has musicality in their bones, opera is unforgiving. Fortunately you do! The flow worked really well. The presentation was good, including costume and the location. However, its quite an ask to keep the viewer focussed all the way through on one shot in one location. It needed to be chopped and changed. Hard to keep the standard each week, but that is what is required to win this. You could have done this with more story, or use a range of hoops, it just needed something to keep me more engaged. Not to take away from the hooping itself, which as I said did fit the music well, just a point to work on.
Theme – 7
Skills/Flow – 7
Presentation – 6
Total Score – 20

BUNNY: BRAVO!!! ENCORE!!! Holy Mother of Hoop! Girl you blew my mind. By far my favourite hoop video of the week, perhaps even in my top 5 all time favourite hoop videos. Thank you for breaking the rules and going for one location. You could have even got away with one shot although the second closer shot did pull me just that little further into your magical whirld so thank you. Your skills and flow are bang ON! I just loved everything about this video. You had me the whole way through – I was thoroughly entertained. The stage, your costume, the headpiece, your hoop, the lighting, your choreography, performance and timing… all ON point! There wasn’t even a need for you to add more hoops – it would have interrupted the elegant flow you created with your dance, the music and a movement narrative that was simply captivating and full of drama. Coelti! AMAZING! Keep the RAD hoop ART coming ! Thank you!!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total score: 30

PHILO: Coelti, what a fantastic location for your Opera Week video and what a fantastic job working the Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute. Those that know this scene will love it even more cause it’s on freakin point. Your costuming was fantastic and I was instantly captivated and loved that you really were working your song from start to finish. It makes all the difference and you held my attention the entire time. I did find myself wanting to really see you more though. Especially if you’re going to do a one location and one angle video some close ups are great to break things up a bit and they really help us engage and connect with you too. I bet you had some killer make up and super dramatic expressions to go with this so that’s my note for you this week. Let us really see you too. I totally applaud you delivering some beautiful hooping in an undoubtedly hooping challenged costume too. Thank you for bringing the diva to Opera Week!

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

ANAH: You guys sure are making it tough this week! I LOVE the settings and the outfits AND the mood of your hooping. SO great! I would like to see straighter arms for your chest rolls in the beginning section. Your dance experience really shines through this week and I am loving it! I was mesmerized till the end J
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 29

LISA: WOW tarryn! that location! that dress!! and most of all, your hooping in that opening shot, those rolls! I am so impressed, that flowed beautifully with the music, not an easy feat. you look stunning!! I have very little to criticize about this video because you move absolutely amazing, I love your feet and lines, your hooping is so soft, gentle and smooth and you made a super entertaining video, btw you are now the queen of rolls in this competition!! I don’t hand out 10s because I think there is *always* room for improvement for any artist but you did an absolutely sublime job!!
Theme: 9.5
Skills: 9
Presentation: 9.5
Total Score: 28

NICK: A very elegant and well crafted opera hoop video. The musicality is ace, the flow very good. Good song choice and thoughtful hooping throughout. Your videos are consistently high level. Plenty of ballet cross over to suit the opera theme. Its probably a little too long, you don’t need to go beyond 3 minutes, I think you could have everything covered in that time. Or just take some things out, hold something back for a later week. The presentation is excellent, you’ve got locations totally covered!
Theme – 8
Skills/Flow – 8.5
Presentation – 8
Totally 24.5

BUNNY: Tarryn, I loved this video from the very opening frame which is a fabulous still all of its own. I hope you’ve captured that! The colour palette, art direction, lighting, your facial expression and the whole vibe is possibly the best I’ve ever seen in this competition over 3 years of judging and i’m still just talking about that very first still frame. When I pressed play my expectations were high. Did you disappoint me? Hell no! Not to begin with. I was almost crying by the first minute as this was such a beautiful full 1:08 minutes (!) of pure art. My critique is twofold: 1. with such classic styling i would have chosen a gold hoop over flouro yellow; and 2. I would not have had the camera follow your second character in and jump around – it broke the spell for me. You’d set the stage so well that I was in a dream in the theatre on the edge of my seat. And then… I was snapped back to my screen on my living room couch – obviously not hating on home video over live shows, but you had me in a part-time trance girl where you took me somewhere else… I wanted to stay. While I appreciate your range of story telling and the general guidelines on adding a few locations to your video, I think you could have held the transition together a lot more tightly. I would have created a simple switch of characters and locations in a more static “on stage” way and used either locations at 1.40 or 1.50 with fixed frames as you did to open with. The striped background at 1.50 is a beautiful echo of the opening shot. Not to worry!! You have major performance art juju which I love a lot so thank you and keep roknIT! While the second half of your video did not hold me, in fact it threw me around a lot, I’m going to overlook it because the first half was so outstanding and your final performance scene is mesmerising – it took me right back to what you initially set up and that, my dear, is magic! JUST WOW!! Thank you !
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total score: 27

PHILO: Thank you so much for choosing Delibes. It’s one of my favorites and it is such the perfect tune for your gorgeous hooping. Watching you in your opening location had me smiling, and when you turned up for a dual role I got so excited. The music combined with your moves to create a moment of true magic – only it got rather sidetracked after that. My note for you this week is that sometimes less can be more. You’ve got so many ideas it might be wise to lose a few in your video editing process. I think we’re all guilty at times of getting so attached to our footage, scenes and moments out there filming that we want to include it all even if it’s not helping the overall storyline or video in the end. I wasn’t sure where this storyline went. I was so into it first half and lost the second. Why you were sleeping on a bench? Who was the woman at the end, how did they all relate to each other? Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally applauding all of your scenes. There was so much here to love, just make sure you give us clear direction and whatever you add to the pot only makes your dish even better. Great job this week and good luck!

*****

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

ANAH: As much as I LOVE that powder wig, and while the setting is beautiful, your video just doesn’t scream “opera” to me. I do like the variety of shots and your hooping is very precise and clean. I would work on fully extending your arm for your pizza toss and giving it more backspin for less wobble. I loved the ending! J Super cute!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: HAHAHAHA Beth that ending is just brillant, so funny!! My favourite thing from you this week is the quad-manipulation stuff near the end, that looks great and I would love to see more of that! I think for the rest you struggled a bit this week, and I understand, Opera is a silly theme to have for an assignment and i’m actually surprised how well everyone has done! it would have been hard to find a location that would really scream ‘opera’ for some of you and I think that includes you because I just wish I got a bit more than a forest and a shiny dress from you! I think i was just craving a bit more variety and a storyline overall (but the end twist was great!!). your hoop skills are wicked but I just needed a little more entertainment factor overall. x
Theme: 7.5
Skills 8.5
Presentation 7
Total Score: 23

NICK: A mixed bag with this one, there’s some great hooping showcasing a range of techniques with a multitude of hoops. There’s also some good costuming, locations, some excellent edits and its nice to see your extras in tow as ever! However, you’ve run into difficulties similar to others this week. Opera is a challenging theme, and I didn’t feel you hooped with the music. Its a bit like you were hooping and then the music is just on in the background. It needs to be a little more expressive. The locations weren’t overly opera either. So you need to bring that back for next time. Bring the hoop skills that you have, because there’s lots, just fit them more thematically, in terms of locations, story and expression.
Theme – 6
Skills/Flow – 7
Presentation- 7
Total Score – 20

BUNNY: Hey Beth Anne! Loving your headpiece and costume! A real standout in the costuming this week. We’re in week three now so staying close to the theme and building a mood and narrative are essential to getting through – I felt like this is where your video didn’t quite make it. There was lots of visually beautiful frames but I felt thrown into a hoop tricks video rather than a theatrical or dramatic interpretation of a thematic story. Music and costume – yes. Story telling and setting of ambience or mood – needed way more attention. The standard is really high this week, which to be honest surprised me since the theme is a super challenging one! But some peeps really went there and accessed deep reservoirs of story telling mostly from within. I encourage you to play with that some more as you are a wonderful and highly skilled hooper. You got the tricks girl. The next level is calling your name with character, story, movement and mood – all the best for your hoop journey!
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 7
Total score: 20

PHILO: Oh My God! You totally did it. I didn’t think you could continue your ongoing series saga, and you did and I totally laughed out loud when it happened, applauding you from a local Starbucks. The backwards sections were so whimsical and somehow fit perfectly with your song selection of Aria of the Princess from The Devil and Kate. Best of all this week was you brought us the framing and camera engagement I’ve been wanting from you so badly. Do you see what a big difference it makes? I hope so because you had me hanging on your every move. I loved your outfit this week, your smile, leg hooping in a long dress, I loved all of it. My note for you this week is on musicality though and paying more attention to hooping to the music, or at least editing it to look like you are. And be careful in your mission of creating an ongoing saga that it doesn’t distract or hinder your attention to the theme too. I think it may have a little here, but I thought you did a really great job this week!

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

ANAH: Sweet and sad story. Just beautiful! I loved your movement throughout, very fluid and suited the emotion of the song quite well. I especially liked the precision of your escalators and folds. Oh, and the lighting near 2:16 was just sublime!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 28

LISA: hi Kat! i thought your video was beautiful this week, that setting!! where is that!? great great hooping from you with really smooth transitions between moves, I think you can work on keeping your arms straight when you do your rolls, check out some of Gail O’Briens rolls, she will never bend her arms and it just makes them that much prettier, but don’t worry, i know how hard it is!! a classic track and you really took me there, a beautiful and heartbreaking love story! now quick, get your hoop back out of the sea!!!
theme: 8.5
skills: 8
Presentation 8.5
Total Score: 25

NICK: Great Kat, I love the fact you did more with the theme this week. There’s a story running throughout, which means the viewer can stay focussed within that for the duration. Feel free to keep coming back to interaction between characters, which you only really featured at the start. Some nice hooping through the video, its all very opera. Graceful and elegant. Watch the length, you get close to 4 minutes; for hoop videos 3 minutes is enough. Nicely worked though, oh and great song choice for this one.
Theme – 7.5
Skills/Flow – 7
Presentation – 8
Total Score – 22.5

BUNNY: That was quite the submission Kat! Stunning video. I loved that you embraced the romance, tragedy and drama of loss and Opera. You really went there and committed from beginning to end. The last time I heard Ave Maria was at a funeral in January and I’m going to another tomorrow so the timing was perfect for me to watch this ode to lost loved ones and feel beauty in the romance of all of life, including death. Aah… Opera. What a week! I thought this week was going to be a killer for some but it seems y’all got what it takes to kill us – your audience – with some serious E-motion. I’m feeling it. Technically perfect to me – your hooping is immaculate. Every shot worked as a staged set. One teeny weeny critique is when she got the letter at 2.22 i would have preferred you kept it in an “onstage” fixed shot rather than roving video – it cracked a little bit of the magic for me but only marginally. The lighting i loved – so perfectly soft and romantic in the first location, dramatically shadowed and interesting shadow play in the second and all the right amount of bleak contrast and moodiness in the third. Great story telling. Thank you for the journey!! There’s one area I want to see you go totally ballistic with over the coming weeks – costume. I feel this is an area which could seal some deals for you. Looking forward to your next video Kat! Good job!!!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 9.5
Total Score: 28.5

PHILO: Kat, thank you for bringing the tragedy to Opera Week. So many operas are about tragic moments and you not only delivered on that theme this week, you literally made me shed a few tears before it was over. Very nicely done. You really took the note to bring the emotion to your movement this week and the dock scene was simply captivating. When you went down you could’ve just sat down there for awhile and I wouldn’t have minded at all, I was so totally with you in your story. While the scenery atop that peak was absolutely breathtaking, it leads me to your note for this week though too. Be very aware of how much time you spend with your back to the camera. You want to reel us in and it’s hard to do when we can’t see your face. It’s typically a sign of an unconscious nervousness in front of the camera and if that’s the case, please please please just let it go. You’re soooo beautiful to watch and your hooping is magnificent! We want more please, more! Bravo!

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

ANAH: haha! Oh wow, Zachary… you in that pink ballet outfit is just hilarious! I liked your comedic take on this weeks challenge. Some of your combos are just so rad, all you need is a little polishing J With your new ballet classes you are well on your way! Love it J
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

LISA: HAHAHA LOVE that intro! I promise I had no idea about Opera Week coming up! 😉 Zachary, i just think you are so very entertaining, funny and charming, but your manipulation skills are OFF the richter scale, i mean that thing at 0.46. wtf man, that is absolutely ah-mazing!! your style is very different, it is super techy and it makes me constantly rewind your videos and geek out. i just LOVE that!! You nailed the brief this week also with great music and some brilliant costumes and scenes. really nice work! (i still mean it about the ballet class though!!)
Theme: 8.5
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25.5

NICK: Another enjoyable video, particularly the first minute. Nice outfit! There are some cool plane melting techniques on offer here. The twisted rolls and wraps are all well executed technically. Nice to see a bit of on body hooping here at last from you too. Thematically it jumps around a bit and didn’t always stay focussed on the same idea, but it did fit with opera. Its playful and that’s great. You just lose a little engagement from the camera at times. Sometimes its OK to slow down the tricks and engage more with the camera. But, as ever, I enjoy your hooping, its innovative and technical, which helps set you apart.
Theme – 7
Skills/Flow – 8
Presentation – 8
Total Score – 23

BUNNY: Zach! I was wondering what you had cooking for us this week but never could I have guessed what you dished up. An experimental pink hot pot is what we got. So many expressions of you all in one, but also some missing elements that left me feeling not quite convinced. It’s a tough one this week because the challenge was huge and there has been an impressive lineup. While I thought your video was funny and cute, I wanted more drama, more emotion, more story and more internal expression. It’s Opera week! And while Opera is similar to ballet, it’s just not. Ya got to turn up the emo-drama-rama because that’s what Opera does. I want to see you let go and let it flow bro! I also wanted to join you on a journey which I felt like we were on with your leap into ballet but then you were on stage and the ballet diva was all gone – what happened? I feel like you could have taken that character further to make it a torment of identity or whatever the storyline was which I couldn’t quite figure out. I hope you get through this week Zach so I can see that emotional outburst in your hoop dance because i believe it to be your next level hoop edge – crossing my fingers for ya!
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total score: 19

PHILO: Zachary, it seems everybody is bringing a little diva to Opera Week and I’m loving it. The ballet class scenes were great – funny, but probably a touch too self indulgent. While you’re responding to Lisa’s note from last week, I’m wanting to see you bring it for Opera Week – and you did at times. That section from .50 to 1.05 was pure perfection. Seriously. I had to watch it a few times. You also look amazingly handsome on stage in your bow tie too and your hooping was overall as sublime and beautiful to watch as ever. Great job getting to use that incredible stage space too, or commandeering it if that was case. Just remember that whatever you’re going to do really commit to it and go for it. If your ballet class was preparing you for the stage we needed more ballet from you on stage. It felt like two disconnected storylines, even if both were entertaining to watch. Whatever you are going to do commit to it, own it, work it, nail it, sell it. Good luck and lots of applause!

*****

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

ANAH: OMG!! I can tell you really put a lot of work into this one! The settings, the choreography and the drama was just on point! I loved how you adapted your movements to really suit the song and still managed to pull off some fabulous hoop tricks in there. Seriously, BRAVO!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 30

LISA: Jennifer you have just STEPPED IT UP. I love everything about this video!! the locations, the camera angles, the dancers, your costumes. this is my absolute favourite from you so far. You have worked really hard this week and it’s definitely payed off. it’s stunning. your dance experience is also showing through more and more and your hoop moves are just stunning. I think it would be a great idea if you’d hit up your local gymnastics club too cause your acrobatic moves could do with a bit of polishing, just so you have straight legs when you go upside down too, – that will be easy for you!! i think you have great potential to incorporate my acrobatic and flexible moves into your hooping for that little bit of extra oomph. you’ve done a really good job this week!
Theme 9.5
Skills/Flow 9
Presentation 9
Total Score: 27.5

NICK: That was pretty cool. Powerful song choice, emotive hooping that worked well with the piece of music. The presentation with the backing dancers, the setting, the costuming and the versatility of the hooping this week make this an absolute barn stormer of an entry. You have a really diverse range of skills, because it was only on second viewing I noticed this was all with one hoop. Nice one, keep this level up and I’m sure we’ll see you in the final few weeks.
Theme – 8
Skills/Flow – 8
Presentation – 9
Total Score – 25

BUNNY: WOW Jennifer! What a wonderful opening and ending. You kept it going and held the dramatic space throughout with your dazzling movement and flow. I really enjoyed your backup dancers even though they threw me into more of a ballet than an opera vibe. Is it a small point to make that the style you chose was ballet dance over operatic story telling? I’m not sure that it is. Similar, yes, on theme – maybe not, even though you did have me wanting the theme to be ballet by the end, if only to honour your incredible dancing! The competition is amping up so these are essential details to pay attention to. I loved your video transitions between different scenes where you were in the same move – that worked. 2.11 was superb! Camera got a bit shaky to hold me around 1.00-1.20 mark and not quite sure why the balustrade of the staircase was in frame – i found it distracting. I hope you make it through to next week! I wanna see more of those amazing hoop skills – the spins! LOVE.
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total score: 23

PHILO: Wow, when you chose this music I didn’t know what we were in for and you totally took the grandeur and passion and theatric nature of it and spun it right on it’s head from start to finish. Applause! Thank you for bringing the hoop dance this week and wow, so freakin captivating to watch, chills! The edits this week we really on point and brilliant done too. Great job using some extras this week too who stayed on point and never upstaged or distracted from you being the center of attention. My note for you this week is to take that to the next level by engaging with the camera. You have such a powerful presence, involve us more in it and we’ll be following you everywhere, seriously! Fantastic!

*****

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

ANAH: Kat, You and your beau are adorable! I love the story and how you camped it up for this J I feel bad saying this because I just loved the story so much, but your hoop skills kind of were more in the background. Your multiple hoop splits are great, but I would like to see MORE!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

LISA: kat this was GREAT! i just LOVED your romance/extra! you also did a really great job editing the music to your moves – just the touch that makes a video super watchable. i thought this was silly, fun and super entertaining. your hoop skills are looking great too and i love those scenes where all the hoops are chasing you! that multiple hoop splitting is looking great too, but you can work on those a lot – if you manage to get your knee hoop at the same tempo as the rest, I can see a 9 split in your future! -you did a fantastic job today. well done!
Theme 9
Skills/ flow 8
Presentation 9
Total Score: 26

NICK: This is particularly win. Its so funny, cleverly put together as a story, hilarious throughout and so particularly set to that music. Thank you for lighting up my morning. The hooping is great, there was probably less hooping than you’ve done in any of your other videos so far, but it didn’t really matter. Its just very funny. Did I mention that? The presentation around the camera is the only issue – the light quality is a bit off and the presentation needs to not be 4:3 in order to fill the screen. But hey, its a small issue in an otherwise big entry!
Theme – 10
Skills/Flow – 7
Presentation – 8
Total Score – 25

BUNNY: Too camp! LOVE IT!! At first I was all like, hmmm… and then very quickly I felt like I was at the Sydney Opera House with their mad lighting that just made me feel like i was in hyper-reality opera! Love this video Kat. You nailed the theme for sure – opera is all about the cheesy story of life and relationship and we got a lot of that from you this week. Well done to you and your beau. I was a little confused by the random filter changes around 1.08-1.20. I like how they switched with your costume and off you went rollicking away with your magical love hoops. But why did it switch back? I watched it a couple of times to try to find some context or story but was left wondering. Technically your hooping is impressive, however, I would like to see more sequential flow with your trick range rather than jumps from 4-1 hoops and the like. Also I would really like to see how you acquire your multiple hoops and how you ditch them if you are winding back from more to less hoops. Overall, I really enjoyed this video. You got me to the opera and for that I thank you ! Well done!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 8
Total score: 25

PHILO: I was wondering what you were going to do with La donna è mobile from Rigoletto and you really spun up something unique, entertaining and original. I loved your co-star, the tandem hooping, the romance that went nowhere LOL. It all had me smiling the entire time. You mostly did a great job of editing this so that you were hooping to the music too. Nice job all around this week Kat! Nick continues to mention that your videos are being presented in 4:3 aspect ratio which has a tendency to make them look lower quality with black bars. Perhaps this can help. If there’s a way for you to correct it for next week I’d encourage you to do so. As we get deeper into the competition the little things really start to make a difference. Great job this week Kat! Loved it!

*****

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

ANAH: Firefox, I loved your drama and storytelling! I especially loved the shots of you behind the pillars. AWESOME! I didn’t totally get the lunatic/mime scenes but I appreciated them J Your hooping is beautiful and mostly seamless. Not to be picky, but maybe try to get your leg just a little straighter in your 4 hoop split.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 29

LISA: Another great submission from you! One of the things I love the most about your videos is your clever use of camera angles and editing, you’ve pieced your scenes together absolutely beautifully, and your leg extensions, they are just wonderful! I think you’re a fantastic hooper and i love the amount of variety you give me inside your repetoire. also, a 4 split box on top of a stool… i’m sort of an expert on silly things like that and I know how much time must have gone into learning that trick, really really great job!
Theme: 9
Skills: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

NICK: I’m so glad I got to hear this movement from Mozart’s Requiem Mass, its a beautiful and bone chilling piece of work, although not strictly opera. However, it won’t go too much against you and you held it together pretty well throughout: its a big piece to hoop too. I loved the minimalistic tones, nicely set against some warmer outside shots. Its one of the best this week. You’re in the camp with just one of two others who are really thinking along thematic lines. Perhaps a little too long though, careful not to stray too far beyond the 3 minute mark. Good work all the same though, and I’m sure we’ll see you here next week
Theme – 9
Skills/Flow – 8
Presentation – 8
Total Score – 25

BUNNY: Firefox this was stunning! So well framed. I love the opening shots A LOT! Such a stunning piece. Dramatic and precisely executed lighting plays a big part in Opera which you nailed like a boss. Then there was the story. Woah girl – you went there! The straightjacket scene – didn’t see that one coming at all with a clown in the mix to boot. OK then. But wait. I’m confused. She’s free then bound then clowning around but also feeling a little crazy. The many phases of wo/man? I’m with ya. WOW. It was even a tad David Lynch and for that I commend you! This was over the top avant garde. I barely even cared what you were doing with the hoops since you took the journey to another level where the hoops were but one part of your prowess in telling a visual story with a wild performative edge and brilliant artistic capacity. BRAVO! For the record, I went back and watched again for your hooping skills and i’m so glad I did. You are amazing!!! Just WOW. Such skill and character and story all in one. You got it babe! LOVE!!!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total score: 30

PHILO: FireFox, what a gorgeous video! The hooping scenes in and out of silhouette in that stunning orange dress and with the columns and amphitheater surrounding you are just breathtaking. Wow! Your submission this week reminds me a little of Esmeralda Garcia’s Sunset Pepper video from Idol 4, though I think her mental illness hooping journey worked a little better than yours – simply because it was clearer. I wasn’t sure why this beautiful vision was being interrupted by a guest from the loony bin. By the end I got it, but I wonder if starting in the loony bin could’ve made the opening scenes even more tragic, dreamy and poignant in my opinion – or more opera if you will. Just a small note, but I think a good one, not that I didn’t love your hooping in a strait jacket. You’re a visionary and I love that! This was really very wonderful with great attention to detail, without over doing it too. Very nicely done love! Yay!

*****

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

ANAH: Wow! I love the setting and the DRESS. Awesome! Your hooping is really fun and spicy but I didn’t really think the mood matched the song. I know hooping to opera is super tough, I think just a few more moments where it felt like your pace and expression was ‘in’ the music would have been helpful. Beautiful shots though!!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

LISA: Hey maria, its so nice to see you grow over this competition, i feel like you’re really starting to come out of your shell now and this is my favorite video of you so far! there are a few moments in there that are just pure magic like the pirouettes with the hoop on your face at 0.40, it looks amazing with your dress! and also that beautiful back bend of yours, you should utilise that more often! I think it could have been more interesting if you would have had another scene with a contrasting setting to cut back and forward to just for a change of feel in the video, also your label is sticking out of your dress! d’oh!!! but all in all your hooping is looking great and i thought it was a very pleasing video!
Theme: 7.5
Skills 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23.5

NICK: Another well presented, hooped, edited and cut entry. I liked the use of the multiple hoops, that worked well with this week’s theme. The location is great and the use of shots likewise. I felt like the hooping was a little out in terms of the musicality, its not that it wasn’t good or delivered with lots of grace and poise, it was. It just didn’t quite sit with the music comfortably. That would be a point to work on, find a song that you and your hoop convey musically with. Big points for presentation though!
Theme – 7
Skills/Flow – 6.5
Presentation – 8
Total – 21.5

BUNNY: How gorgeous Maria! What a delightful opening. Your camera movements in the first 10 seconds really added to the emotion of your piece which is not an easy thing to achieve so kudos! It felt sweeping and romantic just like opera and just like you, judging from those sultry closeup babe town shots. The long shots felt a tad disengaging after all that initial intimacy. I would have kept the shots closer to you to establish your story and your audience rapport. Also I would have really loved to see your whole performance slowed down both live and in the edit – some slo-mo cuts could have really served in several parts of your video. I wanted a story and I wanted the drama of opera – I felt both needed a whole lot more in this beautifully performed video. Be careful of flat lighting, mixed brightness levels and random changes of hoop without context. My favourite moments were 1.43-1.50 and 2.38-2.42 – WOW! You are a gorgeous dancer Maria. I hope we get to see more from you! Thank you!
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total score: 23

PHILO: Wow, what a stunning location you found for your Opera Week video Maria. When the camera pulls back and we see it and then you’re in the water – so lovely. How on earth did you have that place all to yourself? I love how well you connect with the camera during your flight at the end and musicality speaking your arm movements while nose hooping are really wonderful. You keep raising your personal bar from week to week. That being said there’s some shaky camera work here and that should be done and over with by now. While the changes in distances in your shots helped break this up quite well, some scenes were framed with you too far away, others too close. I’m also concerned how well this will stand next to the efforts and engaging storylines of others. It really is one beautiful hooping video though – stunning! So here’s a wish for luck and some cheers from me. Beautiful!

*****

There you have it, your Hooping Idol 6 contestants and their Opera 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 Opera Week are:

FireFox: 111
Tarynn Allan: 108.5
Jennifer Dennehy: 105.5
Kat Kierans: 104
Kat Collett: 101
Coelti: 100
Dayna Fisher: 93
Maria Nava: 93
Zachary Lambert: 92.5
Beth Anne: 86

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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Your Hooping Idol 6 Opera Week ballots are being accepted only until Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm PST. The three 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 Opera Week everybody!

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