Hooping Idol 6 Sixties Week

Hooping Idol Sixties Week

Hooping Idol 6 Sixties Week

We’ve all been anxiously waiting for it to start. We put out the casting call and introduced you to our 21 contestants for season 6. And now, the moment has finally arrived. Hooping Idol is back, so join us for what is sure to be our biggest season yet! The time has come for Hooping Idol 6, our award winning contest leading us all on an ever spinning search for the next big hooper star, and we couldn’t be more excited!

We’re kicking our sixth season off with Sixties Week. For their first challenge our contestants all made hooping videos showcasing what they were made of, were schooled on our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video, and were told to have fun and make it count because at the end of Sixties Week, six of them would be going home.

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

ANAH REICHENBACH

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

LISA LOTTIE

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

NICK BROYD

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

BUNNY HOOP STAR

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

PHILO HAGEN

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

THE HOOPING IDOL 6 ULTIMATE PRIZE PACKAGE

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

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

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

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

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Is that exciting or what!?! So without any further ado, let’s make our way to the time portal and spin our way back to the Sixties for Hooping Idol 6. We proudly present our 21 contestants in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

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1. HONEY HOOP: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Wow! The camera work was really great in this video. I liked that you told a story and had good variety in your cuts and camera angles. Your hooping was technically good as well, though I kind of had this nagging feeling that though you were kind of bopping around, not quite connected to the music. Overall I really liked it though and the shots in the sheep pasture were hilarious!
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 24

LISA: Hey honey, firstly what a lovely little storyline you’ve put together. I adore the colours of the video and you make me long for fresh luscious english countryside in spring! I think you need to be careful about your framing in the opening shot in the countryside, the top of your head gets cut off a lot because you are too close to the camera! Moving back just a bit would have solved that, worth a check next time! Your hooping moves are great although I would have liked to see a bit more variety. To make sure it doesn’t start to feel monotonous you can match the music more to your movement (like filming with your song and having choreo set, or otherwise being more careful how you edit your moves in the video to the music). It’s up to you, either a few different tricks or a tighter routine, thats what I want to see!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 6
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

NICK: Theme: I really loved the theme at the start, although I was a little confused until I realised that wasn’t oregano added to the brownies. I think it drifted slightly off theme after. You had a sixties track and a psychedelic shaded dress to go with it, but if psychedelia was your idea, you could have played with that a little more. Feel free to use other people/hoopers in your videos too. They can always add when it comes to the theme. Score: 7
Skills/Flow: A solid offering with one hoop. Lots of quick work on and off the body, with nice clean delivery. The skill level in this years’ competition (just from looking at the casting videos) is high. Its getting higher every year. To keep up you’ll need to work on one of two more technically demanding tricks or techniques using one – or multiple hoops. Score: 7.
Presentation: You have some really great engagement with the camera. Stayed focused throughout. Perhaps a few more close shots would have helped, and possibly one or two different locations. I love seeing the English countryside, but when the theme is 60s you might have to think a little differently about where you are and how you present that creatively. Score: 7.
Total Score: 21

BUNNY: Honey Hoop I love this video! It’s super cute. It felt like the 60s that’s for sure. I love your moves, groove and your quirky introduction to your hoop repertoire. Great first entry Honey Hoop!
Theme – well played although a few questions. Was left wondering why you chose sheep in paddocks over a beach location, and a beachside look over tie dye given the song. Was it a psychedelic takeover? Score: 7.
Skills/Flow – You’re a bad-ass Honey Hoop. I love how you whip that hoop around like a boss. Great size, flow, timing, tempo, connection with the music and your body. Would like to see a few sharper edges breaks but that’s about it! Score: 9
Presentation – Fantastic! You nailed it. I was engaged the whole way through. Score: 10
Total score: 26

PHILO Rocio, you did such a fantastic job for the first week of Hooping Idol 6! I loved that you time traveled via a spell from the 1860’s to the 1960’s. That was hilarious, unexpected, creative and totally reeled me in. A 1960’s tag when you got there would’ve cemented the idea, but you did such a great job with costumes and theme work and bringing it all together this week that I have a whole lot of applause for you. Next week I’d choose a slower song that fits with your own hoop flow more though. This is such a non-stop fast and frantic one that it’s really hard to keep up with that level of energy and working with your music and playing with musicality makes such a huge difference. You had a great idea for a finale moment this week too, nice! Just work a little on getting that ta-da moment tighter. Fantastic work Honey!

*****

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

ANAH: Super cute concept for this video! I thought the shots were beautiful and well thought out. Your multiple hoop work was clean and engaging but again (you will probably hear this from me a lot) I felt that there wasn’t enough integration between your movements and the music. I think there was some effort to do this, but it just felt a little disconnected, though your skill is apparent! I did enjoy the vid though and Lily, you are super cute!
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Lily I really enjoyed your video! One of the best things is some of those really long shots where we can see ALL of you and the beautiful environment. Then you put in some of those lovely throws and you make me smile! You’ve got some great skills there and some really nice stuff with the 3 hoops that I am going to give a try! Question, can you balance the ‘globe’ at 1.13 on your face after you’ve spun it around in a circle? That would be a really nice addition to finish that move! Great music choice too, good job!
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation 8.5
Total Score: 24

NICK: Theme: Wow, I’m two videos in and already Brian Wilson is getting a work out. Luckily the Beach Boys theme worked really well. 60s looking outfits and the candour you hooped with worked well with the theme. I’m guessing that’s not California, but hey, its a beach, its a Beach Boys song and it had all components of the 1960s. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow: You have a good level of technical ability and you deliver those technical skills cleanly and creatively. A range of hoops used always means that there is something new and engaging with each aspect of the video. So, I like the fact that it’s chopped up and that there are lots of shots. However, sometimes it can be useful to put at least one longer sequence in. I know that goes against the fashion for instagram 15 second clips just now, but it helps discern in terms of flow, it lets me know you can hold it together for longer. Skills wise, its all there though. Score: 8
Presentation: Its always great to get others involved in the videos, which you did here. It helps add another level to the video. Lots of different shots, punctuated camera changes, plenty of costume changes and well edited together. Score: 8.
Total Score: 24

BUNNY: Theme – Yes! Lily this is an adorable flashback to the 60s! The beach, the sun, your hoop, your vibe. Super FUN! I was a tad confused by the second location with the rainy day and boat – it wasn’t clear to me what the connection was. Score: 8.
Skills / Flow – You are a wonderful hooper Lily! I found your tempo a little out at the beginning of the video and I think you can really work more on being more confident with the camera. I would also like to see more flow between moves rather than tricks edited up. Your twin hooping is on point! Well done! Score: 7
Presentation – I really enjoyed watching this video but found it wanting a stronger narrative. Your scenes were filled with great hoop moments and exciting tricks, but I felt disconnected from the story. Less jump cuts back and forth between different tricks and locations and more consideration for sequencing of moves, characterisation and narrative. Overall, great first submission and well shot! Score: 6
Total score: 21

PHILO: Lily, you have all the elements here to really rock this Hooping Idol competition, I’m so excited! The only thing you’re going to need to do next week is put them all together a little better. Stunning hooping scenes in this, some really amazing skills work, attention to detail is fantastic, it’s a superb job, seriously! But with this song and with your hoop rolling up at the beach, it seemed like a tale of hoop love to me. Sitting on the bench together, going out for a milkshake, and if that was the case I’d have played that up more and married that hoop or something at the end. Really go for it. It got confusing when other hoops crowded in – thematically speaking – so whatever song you choose next week, whatever narrative you’re going to spin, really go for it. In this case a little less hooping and a little more theme work would’ve knocked this out of the ballpark. I’m loving what your bringing so far though!

*****

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

ANAH: LOVE this song! I think a good song choice is so important to elicit real dance and Jennifer, you nailed it on this one 😉 I liked the car and the setting, though I thought a little more variety in the shots throughout would have been nice. I really liked that there was an emphasis on dance and in particular, hitting the beats of the song. You had some fun and flashy tricks in there too. I would like to see the integration between dance and tricks a little smoothed out though.
Theme: 8
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Hey Jennifer! first of all: amazing car!!! your catsuit is also so wonderful, you’ve made a real effort to create the perfect scene BUT i do wish you would have given us a second scene to cut in & out from, just to give us more variety! One single scene like this is really only going to work if you constantly surprise us with some *really* big moves, then we forget about the setting of the video and just get transfixed with the hoop moves only, but I got a nice routine from you instead, some great skills there! I want to see more change of scenery, and maybe some work with more than one hoop. I adore how you play to the camera, great personality and i especially really love your spinning pirouettes, you move so well, with great lines! At 0.29 you make a mistake and it’s too visible, leave it out next time!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 21.5

NICK: Theme: Where did you get that Mustang? Just had it in the garage right? Waiting for this moment. That was pretty slick in terms of 60s. The jumpsuit too! In terms of 60s props you win this week. Loved it. Choice of music was an absolute banger too. You can’t go wrong with a bit of James Brown. Score: 9.
Skills/Flow: So your skill level is great and your flow level is also. Clearly with one hoop you have a top range of skill, flow, combos and sequences. Its always good to bring this out in week 1, but I’d make sure you keep something in the bag for future weeks. Are you going to bring it with twins and multis later on right? Or do you have something else up your sleeve? That said, the combination of dance and hoop was right on. Great start. Score: 8.5.
Presentation: The editing is really solid, lots of in and out shots. The fast takes suited the music well. What I would say is that I got a little tired of the same backdrop after about 90 seconds (remember, I’m watching 21 of these this week). Its OK, because your skills and engagement with the camera got you through, just please think about changing locations in the future. That would present things in a much more dynamic way. Score: 8.
Total Score: 25.5

BUNNY: Theme – super sass-o-rams! Jennifer this submission is a wild start to a hectic competition. You set the bar right there. ReOw! Love everything about it. Score: 10.
Skills/Flow – WOW! You have super awesome moves, great musicality, awesome performance presence. I’m looking for something to critique you on Jennifer but I’m struggling!! I guess my only suggestion is to up your game with a few more hoops. Very cool. Score: 9.
Presentation – LOVE LOVE LOVE! Everything about it – love. Great mix of setting the scene, rocking the location, killer moves, FAB costume and car – a stunt roll never hurt a hoop video you know! Well done. I can’t wait to see more! Score: 10.
Total score: 29

PHILO: When things kick off with you and your lipstick and that killer car I was so excited instantly! And when you stepped out in that amazing 60’s outfit to spin things up you pretty much sealed the deal. Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Loved it! Your hooping was amazing too. There’s a couple things you could do next week to get us to love it even more that have to do with timing, energy and progression. People wanna feel something watching you hoop and you’re having a feeling, but there’s some scenes where it’s not clear what you’re feeling or that you’re feeling anything in particular. When you’re doing a one scene video, or if you’re performing on stage, start out with less energy and feeling and work your way toward more. Give us that taste of excitement at the beginning, then take us on an energetic journey that has all with you every step of the way. You can do that in terms of hooping, of course, and up your skill levels from lower to higher, but with a track like this letting the wild passionate and emotional Jennifer out in your hoop dance as the song progresses can really do it too. I am so excited and love where you’re going in this competition!

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

ANAH: Haha! I love the concept of this video. Super cute J I wish there had been more variety in shots of the hooping segment though. Also, this is such a wild and passionate song I would have liked to see that reflected in your dance and perhaps even in the camera work as well. Skill wise your hooping was very clean and smooth, again, I would have just liked to see more dance integration with the song.
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23

LISA: Beth i LOVED this intro!! you *nailed* the brief!! Part of me wishes you would have given me an extra scene and some colour footage but on the other hand you kept me super engaged with some very fluid hoop skills with single, as well as multiple hoops – you rock! I *love* that move where you do the 4 arm split and you just ‘flip’ the outside hoops, i’ve never seen that, i’ll have try try it! it looks so effective and yet simple. My one critique is that i wouldnt mind to see a bit more of your face and personality in your hooping, it’s easy to hide ourself behind some fabulous skills, but I think you can let your personality shine through a bit more so that i feel more connected with you.
Theme: 8.5
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation 8.5
Total Score: 26

NICK: Theme: Really amazing. Loved the start. I can’t work out if your mates just dress like that anyhow, they all seemed to fit the 60s perfectly! Another top tune, if youre going for psychedelia it doesn’t get much more so than The Doors. The dude with the guitar was a particularly show stealer! Loved the play throughout. Score: 9.
Skills/Flow: I really like the way you hoop. Last year everyone seemed to be about going as fast as they could, with every other move a wedgie. So glad that seems to have moved on. Lots of skills, delivered in a really controlled manner. Clean planes, variety of hoops in number and in techniques. Good start! Score: 8.5.
Presentation: Presentation was good, both in cuts and edits. But you need to change your location once in a while. While it was a good video, to make it an outstanding video you need to move beyond your living room. That is the criticism this week, where thematics and skills/flow were the standout. Score: 6.
Total Score: 23.5

BUNNY: Theme – love the Sepia flashback Beth! Great song too. I love this video, although I’ve gotta say – I craved more narrative. It felt like a juicy story got snapped off at the beginning and your hoop sequence took over. I believe it’s the key to really nailing a competition like this – uniting your story with your hoop routine. Score: 7.
Skill/Flow – stunning! You are a talented hooper. Your twin work is amazing. My only suggestion is to work more with sequencing rather than jump editing to tricks that may not naturally connect, such as one and two hoop tricks and on and off body tricks. Score: 8.
Presentation – you did a great job on this video Beth! It’s original, quirky and well shot. I like that you flipped it back to black and white / sepia – it helped me enter the retro 60s dreamscape. I wouldn’t mind seeing a few more camera angles such as close ups or mid shots in the mix with your full length leading shot. Great first entry! Score: 9.
Total score: 24

PHILO: The dream sequence was the perfect way to get us transported back in time and you played it up perfectly! I loved the costumes, the friends. Be careful with filters/effects, a lack of color can sometimes steal the vibrance and make the energy fall flat, though I think you handled it all pretty good. This is just so super duper sixties though I love it! What we’re missing a little this week is a stronger connection with you personally. Don’t let yourself get lost in the theme. People think hooping videos are about hooping, and they are, but some close ups and a stronger audience connection really let’s us in and viewers can feel like they see you and know you and love you even more. You’re so freakin adorable, just look at your casting video! So don’t forget to bring the Beth Anne too. Applause, applause, applause!

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5. KARENCA FLOW: PUEBLA, MEXICO. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: I think this video may be a little lost in translation on my part. Not speaking Spanish I couldn’t really follow the story as much as I would have liked. But it was really super cute and I like the bounciness 😉 I also really liked the focus on rhythm in dance even through the tricks! I also liked that there were many different shots, both close up and wide to keep variety.
Theme: 5
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 18

LISA: Hey Karenca, well i certainly get a lot of personality from you! the close ups of your pretty face and your smiles are great but i wanted to see a bit more from you with regards to the theme and also some more hooping skills! I feel like you gave me some of the best 60’s settings in terms of colours, but i didn’t understand if there was a storyline through your video! If you we’re having milkshakes with your friend, you could have invited her to hoop with you? either way, you have some super great skills with double hoops but i wanted to see more of a choreographed piece from you for that to really come out, it’s a good start but i want MORE! Also, your camera person needs to use a tripod or hold the cam a bit more still, some of the frames were a bit wobbly and it is a bit annoying to watch because it distracts from your hooping skills!
Theme: 7
skills 6.5
presentation 6.5
Total Score: 20

NICK: Theme: Not bad sticking to the theme. I could tell it was sixties, the outfit, the milkshake, the multi coloured hoops. You may need to start thinking about how you can up it for future weeks. Think big and aim for that. Otherwise its a good entry to a 60s category.
Score: 6.
Skills/Flow: I actually really like the way you move with the hoop. There’s some real body rocking going on. I think on the skills side you may need to tighten up some aspects. Watch those planes and try to get the harder tricks you execute smoother. Filming yourself or working in front of mirrors will help. When this gets down to the business end of the competition those things will really make a difference. So focus now on bedding down the technical side of what you are doing. Score: 7.
Presentation: Really nicely presented. This is the best aspect of the video. Lots of close cutting and then long shots. Strong camera work, although just be careful, particularly with twins, that you are not so close in that you lose one of the hoops out of the frame. All in all though a good first week entry. Score: 7.
Total: 20

BUNNY: Theme – Karenca this is such a fun, high vibe video. You drew me in with your gorgeous moody opening. The shots at the diner with your friend, drinking milkshakes, are awesome – they bolster the theme and add interesting character elements. I wanted the story to go further – who is she and where is she going? What does she discover at the diner? The development of a narrative goes a long way in this competition. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow – You’ve got some sassy tricks going on Karenca! I love your upbeat style. I am looking forward to seeing more sequencing and gradual progressions of tricks that flow one to another. Great first entry! Score: 8.
Presentation – Such beautiful colours and energy in this video Karenca. Well shot! I am intrigued to know where you are. I enjoyed following you around the park and to different locations. My only suggestion is to be careful of shooting with flat (low) light when other shots are quite bright. Great take off! Score: 8.
Total Score: 24

PHILO: You’ve got all the elements here for a great Hooping Idol season Karenca! Some great hula hoop moves, sparkling personality and a whole lot of fun. It’s pretty wonderful. This starts out pretty great. You’re bored until the hoops show up and suddenly there’s joy in your life. It’s a story we all know and can relate to! Just pay more attention to details for your theme. If you’re going with a 1960 song with a 1950’s sound, the malt shop scene with your hair up and your girlfriend is spot on. Love it! I wanted more of whatever that was. The hippie flower power girl doesn’t really fit your song choice. Thank you for giving us camera engagement, close ups and personality – thank you! Just be sure they’re adding rather than distracting – in some scenes you look uncomfortable and that can make the viewer feel uncomfortable for you. We don’t want that. Be the star you are and shine! All in all this is a strong first video though and thank you for giving us an ending too. Keep up the great work!

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6. MAGGIE GINOZA: POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Oh Maggie, I am afraid that up against the creativity and attention to detail in the other videos yours sadly falls short. I liked that you involved your friends and tried to stay with the story of the song, but I would have really liked to see more variety of shots, more thematic costuming all around and also more variety in your hooping. I think you got a little too lost in the story and forgot to really show us your “stuff”.
Theme: 4
Skill/Flow: 6
Presentation: 4
Total Score: 14

LISA: Hey maggie, forgive me but i completely did not understand what you were trying to do at all here. Is it a free loving 60’s group of lovers you’ve put together? I just didn’t get it! i think the only thing 60’s about the video was the cut of your dress and the song and i just don’t think it’s enough.. sorry! I want you to think about the brief, imagine two or three settings to work in and then think of some of your best hula hoop moves that you want to show off to me. It helps to write ideas down so you can create your scenes first on paper and work out which moves you want in each scene. With your imagination and taking your time to film you should be able to transport me to another place but you didn’t do that for me today!
Theme: 4
Skills/Flow: 5.5
Presentation: 4
Total: 13.5

NICK: Theme: I wasn’t entirely sure where sixties vibe was coming from in this video. I liked that it was quirky and got other people involved. But thematically and from a story telling perspective it didn’t really do it for me. Sure the song was from the sixties, but that was about it as far as I can tell, so I’ll have to mark you down on that. Score: 5.
Skills/Flow: There are a few areas of nicely put together moments of flow, but a lot of this video seemed to circle on simple moves aimed at creating a character piece that I couldn’t quite get my head around. I liked the idea of bringing other people into the video but I wonder if this distracted from the technical abilities you delivered. It felt a little as if you focused less on the hooping and more on trying to bring this character piece to life. My advice, show everyone what you can do with the hoop first, then build storyline around it. Score: 6.
Presentation: I think you’ll need to move beyond just one static shot in order to move on in this competition. Trust me, it takes a lot of work to win it. I read from the description you were organising an event at the same time, which I can imagine is a lot of work. To win Hooping Idol you need to find a 25th hour in the day and go the extra mile. Its tough but if you get through to next week take it outside, find multiple shots, play with lighting, long shots, short shots, all those kinds of things.
Score: 5.
Total Score: 16

BUNNY: Theme – Maggie I really loved the simple and yet powerful concept of courting love with the hoop. I do feel you could have developed the 60 theme a little more with your set, costumes and edits. Having said that, I think this video is a great start and places you in my wish list to see more of. Score: 8
Skills/Flow – What I most love about this piece is that you took risks to interact with your story and de-emphasised the need to bust out moves without context. Your creative application of tricks and movement in space tells the story. To me, that’s a performance winner! Score: 10
Presentation – As previously mentioned, I was craving some psychedelic angles – I feel it may have just taken us into the 60s portal and capture the theme visually. While I enjoyed many of the cuts and various edits, I felt underwhelmed by the set and lighting. I would go there a little more on that element next time. Score: 7
Total score: 26

PHILO: Maggie, you’re adorable. I think I love you in your cute little sixties dress and boots with your hair all pulled back. You’re clearly spinning up some sixties, but unfortunately your friends aren’t. Extras can be awesome, just make sure they’re adding to the scene and that they’re not upstaging you. For example, I’d put them all in black and you in red or white – clearly make yourself the star. With your focus on them – and I totally get why you did this song wise – rather than the camera, they became the center of attention and that’s not good for you. Make sure you’re working the musicality of your song too – play those beats and moments more and you’ll bring everyone along for the ride. You’re ideas were great here, I totally get why you made them and I hope you’re around longer so we can see where you go from here. Thanks for spinning up the love this week!

*****

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

ANAH: I really liked the creativity of the hooping in this video. Especially the flip to hand balance at 1:20. Awesome! The incredible creativity of the participants in this contest really sets the production bar high though and I am afraid you fell a little short in this regard. I would have liked to see more thematic costuming and story telling. I liked that there were lots of different camera angles though!
Theme: 6
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 21

LISA: Hey Sapphire! first up, you’ve used one of my favorite songs ever so I already loved your video from the start! You have used a really great combination on long shots and close ups that really gave me a great look at your hooping skills. you have some fantastic moves that I really love, like those rhythmic twirly throws! i’ve always wanted to be able to do some of those, and your balances are great too! i’m really excited to see more of you, you’ve done a great job! please be careful hooping on slopes though! all i see is rolled ankles 😉
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 8.5
Presentation 8
Total Score: 24

NICK: Theme: Well if anyone was going to choose White Rabbit then it would have to build like that track does. And it did. I thought you developed the theme well through the song, building to that big crescendo. Plaudits for that. Felt very 60s throughout. Maybe you could have done a bit more with a storytelling narrative, but as a built piece of hoopdance to one of the most instantly recognisable 60s tracks, it was very good. Score: 7.5
Skills/Flow: Very competent levels of skill and flow/artistry to put it together. It’s not just about having one or the other, you need to be able to put the two together, which you did. To push it in future weeks you might need to work on the multis and take them to a higher level. I’m always interested in poi style so that would gain extra with me. All in all though a very high level of skill/flow. Score: 7.5
Presentation: Good shots, long and short focus both utilised here. The location is OK. I get it, its White Rabbit, its all about being out in nature, but avoid tall concrete buildings in the background if that is what you are after. Your engagement with the camera was good and I liked the mixed range of longer edits with the shorter ones. Score: 7.
Total Score: 22

BUNNY: Theme – Yes YES and yes! You captured the wild spirit of 60s flower power within the very first moments of this video. Your free flowing movement and creative interpretation of the hoop was both timely and contextual to the music. My only critique is about losing you towards the end to distant long shots. I would have preferred to be drawn more into your experience. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow – Lovely! Your musicality comes through strongly which is a first stop for me. Interacting with the music makes skills and flow into magic. Kicking up from the ground and coiling up to your fingertips is not an easy trick! So kudos on that. Twins are looking good. I would just like to see some more flow between moves and between single and twin hoop transitions. Good job! Score: 8.
Presentation – The first half of this video was really strong however as mentioned earlier, I felt we lost you with the distant long shots towards the end. I would love to see you draw us in with your edits and closeups as the story develops. Having said all that, this was a strong, clean submission! Well done. Score: 8.
Total score: 24

PHILO Going with a song choice we all know and love is such a great idea in this competition. You had me from the moment it began cause I’m thinking “I love White Rabbit” – so you’ve already got me loving what you’re doing. Well played! I totally dig what you’re doing early on too – just wish some of those were in slow motion so they had even more of that sixties dream vibe you were playing with so well. You remind me a lot of Courtney who won last season. Serious skills, quirky personality, you just need to let that inner hooper out and own those moments, work that camera, and become the hoop star I already know that you are! I’m so excited for that to happen too. Get comfortable with being on camera so we can be comfortable watching because we really want to watch and see what you come up with next week. Go Sapphire!

*****

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

ANAH: Well, of course you get extra points for the horse (just kidding). ha! I really liked your musicality and dance throughout as well as your passion! I do think there were a few parts that could have been more “in” the music in terms of choreo, but overall I was feelin it!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: Wow georgina! you’ve really gone all out! i mean, a HORSE! amazing, I am so impressed! i think you could have given me a little more sixties flare actually, but then at the same time, who says that there weren’t lonely cowgirls in deserted towns in the sixties partying all by themselves? you’ve got some FAB hoop skills and you know how to do a great turn with a good line, something I love to see! Be careful with bare feet on concrete though, you’ll rip those tootsies right open some day! One thing I’d like to point out is that I want you to get some brighter coloured hoops, for some reason in most of your scenes they are almost camouflaged into the background! I adored your video 🙂
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 24.5

NICK: Theme: So this is a tricky one. I can’t quite work out the theme. Maybe culturally, being in the UK, I am missing something but this didn’t strike me as 60s. That said the song is a belter because it allows you to mix your rhythm as you hoop. But more of that below. I commend you for hooping on horseback, but again is that 60s? Also, the costumes didn’t really fit the theme. But more points coming. Score: 6.
Skills/Flow: What you do have is a very graceful hoop style, which fits the song really well. Its very classical hoopdance. Usually I complain when people hoop really fast, but actually its OK in this case because you have lots of time to slow it down, and you do this through artistry when the music itself drops, so well done there. Score: 8.
Presentation: There are some great shots here, you’ve obviously thought about the camera positions (I assume the horse did most of the camera work – well done horse!). Its very creatively put together, although again not the most 60s of this week’s set of videos. With the twins, please be careful you don’t use colours that I lose against the background. But outside of that I really liked all the locations, edits and use of height and length to punctuate the shots. Score: 7
Total Score: 21

BUNNY: Theme – FireFox, what an awesome video! There are a lot of great moments and beautiful shots that create the 60s hoop diva vibe and hold pieces of a super juicy story. My only comment is to give more consideration about how edits tell the story. Score: 8.
Skills / Flow – you got them! Standing on your horse to hoop?! S/he looked OK with it. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of your hooping FireFox. You’ve got a great repertoire of tricks. I would really love to see more flow and connection between the tricks and the use of multiple hoops. Score: 8.
Presentation – There are so many beautiful shots in this video. My favourite is in the grasslands – everything worked. As mentioned earlier I would like to see more narratorial connections between your edits. I felt like there were a few really great concepts that felt disconnected from each other. Other than that, you are onto it! Score: 8
Total score: 24

PHILO Wow! This knocked my freakin socks off. You picked a great song choice for Sixties Week and I never would have thought about going totally 1960’s Spaghetti Western for it, but of course you would! It’s what that song has always been waiting for! The horse, the scenes, graceful when the song called for it, full of emotional drama when you needed to be, I LOVED IT! Watch out for sunglasses too much though. When we can’t see your eyes it’s harder to connect with what your feeling. My only other note is if you’re going to add credits include them in the video in some way so that you can still end on that beautiful arm out dreamy finale ending. We want THAT to be the last thing we see. Don’t let us forget about it. Fantastic first week and I am so excited to see where you go next Georgina. Woot woot! I’m cheering for you big time!

*****

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

ANAH: Do you have the perfect hair for this weeks theme, or what Ziggy?! I liked your dance and your hooping is solid. I didn’t really get what was happening in the beginning when you were handed the records then jumped straight to the 60’s. I would have liked to see that story line reflected a little more in the video. I liked your use of the teeny hoops and your ease of transition between planes in general.
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: Hey Ziggy, you nailed the brief! i loved it! one of the best things about your video was the clever editing between your scenes and using the same hoop moves to transition. also the colour effects and filters kinda made me feel like i was on drugs, a real 60’s feeling! and that DRESS! omg. it’s perfect. i think you’ve made a really solid start in this competition but in your next video i want to see some complete long shots of you hooping, a lot of your moves were close up this time but if you move a lot further away from the camera it gives me a chance to look at your whole body without the hoops constantly going out of the frame, and thats when I can see ALL of you! Also, you can shave a minute off the video, i’d rather have 2.5 really interesting minutes that an extra minute of the same!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25.5

NICK: Theme: OK – so I guess if you are calling yourself Ziggy Starshiine, then this week was designed for you. And it was! Outfits, locations, decor, song, editing effects, little storytelling opener with the record. In terms of the 60s THIS IS IT. Either you did a lot of work setting that up, or that’s just what your normal looks like. Well done. Top marks. Score: 9.
Skills/Flow: A lovely mixture of single, twins and multis, through a range of techniques – involving both flow and technical skill. Delivered with a sassy pomp of sixties nonchalance. Score: 8.
Presentation: This is the first time I am having to say it this year, but please: landscape not portrait when you film. There are plenty of ways around it, either the camera or the editing software can do it for you. Its such a little thing to score down on, but it will happen. Outside of that the shots were great. I actually really enjoyed some slightly juddery camera work in the second half of the video. I don’t know if that was intentional but its fit the idea of sixties really well
Score: 7
Total Score: 24

BUNNY: Theme – Ziggy! This is fantastic. From the very beginning you nail it. The psychedelia is emanating! I love the transitions between locations, hoop moves, edits and your funky freestyle dance style. You tell a story of creative freedom and joy AND you held me to the end. Love it! Score: 10
Skills/Flow – Awesome skills, great transitions between tricks, love the hoop throw in for the twins. The only thing that I suggest you work on is your facial expressions and skills with the camera to heighten your experience as a performer and our experience as your adoring audience. Score: 8
Presentation – Really great! Everything worked. Lots of fun, psychedelic cuts and effects. Those wacky filters don’t always work but for this project – yes they do! My only suggestion is to pay razor sharp attention to sequencing of tricks throughout your video and give them context to your story. Score: 9
Total Score: 27

PHILO Ziggy, this is the most trippy Sixties Week video so far and thank you for spinning up something psychedelic for us! Yay! You used just the perfect amount of effects too. They enhanced rather than distracted, kept us interested, transitioned things perfectly. Thanks for the turntable and thanks for breaking china! When you’re going with a song that is less known you need to really work it. When it says if you feel like smiling, if you’d had started smiling for us it would have opened our hearts. Some need more ideas, you could benefit from getting a handle on editing yours. I’m not saying go less cause that’s not you, I’m saying plan an energetic progression, a journey that increases rather than decreases. Loads of color and flash early on to mini hoops in a field kind of spoiled my trip girl. Last season you went home Week 1. You’ve grown so keep growing! You’re spiritually minded so think about how to let that spirit out in a way that makes us FEEL something, not just see something. When you’re happy, dancing and feeling free near the end it’s such a great moment. Let your inner star child out and shine!

*****

10. HELLOKEIGHTY: NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: What a beautiful setting Kate! I didn’t get how it related to your song, but I liked how you danced through it. Especially on the floating barge – that couldn’t have been easy! I would have liked to see more story arc in relation to your setting, but overall I liked the energy of your hooping and your two hoop work was smooth and varied enough that I ALMOST didn’t notice you never hooped on your body 😉
Theme: 6
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 20

LISA: Wow kate, you have some brilliant skills with doubles! that is where you are the strongest. all that stuff just makes me so dizzy, it’s so hard to do! you’ve chosen some really good visible hoops for this too, the setting where you are is so beautiful! Also you have inspired me to practise some of this vertical neck hooping stuff, I love that little throw from your foot to your neck! I think you have a good feeling for the 60’s in your video, but you could have taken the brief to the next level. i would have loved to see a little bit more of a storyline and perhaps a change of costume too. a good start but i can see more from you -for sure!
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation 7
Total Score: 23

NICK: Theme: Good choice of song, and there were some good attempts to costume to that theme, so well done there. It got a little lost in terms of the theme through the video, I couldn’t tell that it was 60s in approach. Although on second viewing I think you were going for a nature theme and there were lots of shots involving that, which does hit the mark quite well. Just be absolutely clear from the outset what you are trying to convey in terms of narrative/storyline within the theme. Score: 7
Skills/Flow: There are some excellent sections with two hoops, and some particularly dangerous ones involving balancing on one leg, getting from foot to neck, all while balancing on some sort of floating platform. I would like to see a bit more free flowing single hoop next time as it was quite twins heavy. But outside of that this is a strong first video.
Score: 7.
Presentation: This was great, the best aspect of the video. I wish I had a canoe and a lake! But much kudos for going out and hooping in that. Good camera work and great use of lighting within that. Great presentation. Looking forward to more of that!
Score: 7.5
Total Score: 21.5

BUNNY: Theme – Yeh girl! What was the yesteryear if not a celebration of nature! You go there. Your joy for the hoop and connecting with wild(er)ness shines bright. This video made me feel super happy and carefree. My only suggestion is to explore more with costumes. A kaftan would have really served here! Score: 8
Skills / Flow – HelloKeighty you have such a playful style about you which I really love. Don’t ever lose that. I would like to see some stronger sequencing and flow between tricks rather than jump cuts to different tricks. Overall, I wonderful first entry! Score: 8
Presentation – Well shot, great lighting, interesting angles and locations. This is a solid first entry. Score: 9
Total score: 24

PHILO: This is a winner of a video this week Kate! You picked a year, worked up the fashion and took us outdoors and all around the lake spinning up some great moves. I have a feeling you’re going to be around awhile and what is sure to make that happen is if we get to see more of you in your hooping video. Get that personal connection to your audience going more too and you’re golden. Watch out for shooting into the sun like you did near the end. Sometimes it’s hard to see where it is on a cloudy day, but don’t silhouette out unintentionally. Keep that connection with us so we can SEE YOU, not just your hooping, from start to finish. The canoe and dock and lake scenes were fantastic. Very nicely done!

*****

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

ANAH: Super fun video Zachary! I wish you had integrated the surf board a little more. Like in the opening scene you could have thrown the hoop down and jumped on it before someone tossed you a hoop to make the connection. Your hooping is fun and fluid. I especially liked the fold sequence at 1:58 J
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: YES Zachary THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. you made me laugh out loud in the first 10 seconds of your video, you hit the brief right on the head and you gave me some SERIOUS moves that made me rewind the video multiple times! damn you have some SKILLS with this crazy foot manipulation-stuff that you do! Also, i LOVE this little toss where you bounce it back off your knee, your strength is with this, your feet and legs, absolutely, now can you work on your body position as a whole while you are manipulating the hoop with your feet? and what I mean is, can you look at the rest of your body and think about how you can make some of these moves look more pretty? often when we do really complicated manipulation we are so focused on getting the trick right that we forget what the rest of our limbs are doing. i think you are so strong at some of these moves and that you can really perfect them if you strike stronger shapes with your body whilst you perform them. Also, I definitely prefer to see you working with larger hoops rather than the really small ones. I’m really excited to see more of you!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

NICK: Theme: Yeah man, you rocked it. Everyone has either gone nature, psychedelia or beach. For me, you’ve topped the beach charts. Really enjoyable to watch. Props were really good, only thing I would say is costuming for yourself. You had the beach look, but maybe that wasn’t quite the beach look in the 60s. Have a bit more of a think about that in future. Score: 8.5.
Skills/Flow: The highest technical skill level I’ve seen this year. Its always pretty tricky when it comes down to flow also. There were lots and lots of short clips with high level trickery and combos. Maybe you might want to slow it down a little, get some bigger hoops and let everyone see you dance a little more with a few longer shots. Now we know you’ve got the super tricks, we just need to see it come together in a slower, fluid way. That said, love the plane melting and contact throws, that’s a man straight after my heart. Score: 9.
Presentation: Its ace. Really is. Great use of lighting, narrative kept to throughout. The lighting, background and interaction with the camera was tip top. One to watch this year. And as the only dude in this year you represent all the hoop brothers out there!
Score: 8.
Total Score: 25.5

BUNNY: Theme – this was super fun Zachary! I really enjoyed the humour that you opened this piece with. I felt like you could have held the theme a little more strongly throughout with more character interaction and narratorial direction. Be careful not to lose your audience with way back long shots! Score: 7
Skills/Flow – did you just cut some breaks on your head??? Woah. You’ve got the moves! I like your explorative nature with that tiny hoop. I’d like to see more consideration to the sequence of your tricks and some more body flow. I also want to know how you got extra hoops if you’ve just been hooping with a single. Great first video! Score: 8
Presentation – Sunset silhouette lighting! Stunning. You captured some beautiful rays Zach. This is a technically on point video. My only suggestion is to consider the context of your shot sequences in terms of the narrative of the story. Score: 8
Total Score: 23

PHILO Now THAT’s a bushy blonde hairdo surfer boy! Woot woot! Thanks for taking us to the beach and spinning it up with such awesome hooping skills. You’ve got the moves to bring it this season and you’re clearly hear to have a good time and I love that! There are scenes with you so far away it’s hard to connect with you, but you connect well when you do so applause. That first silhouette spot followed by some killer moves with you engaging the camera while doing them really shines. Just be sure you’re working your song right. “Who cares about surfin, I’ve got hula hoops” might have been the better angle. I kept waiting for you to surf while hooping, or see some surfing. A beach song not about surfing might have been the better choice – but you played it well and I have a feel you’re going to be sticking around. I’m excited to see where you go next!

*****

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

ANAH: Aww, a girl and her hoop love story! From a technique perspective I wouldn’t put in moves that are almost there, You have plenty to stick with the moves you are really rocking! Like the move at .25 you will want to work on stepping straight down, instead of jumping out, to get that move really clean, and your split at .49 is alllmost there. Better to leave those kinds of moves out till they are all the way there, like your 5 hoop split. That is totally there. Does that make sense? Super funny though, I loved your humor and adherence to the song J
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 21

LISA: Hi Kat! i loved your video opening, you had me engaged immediately! I want to give you a tip straight off the back for your standing splits with the hoop on the knee. Here’s a video i was watching this week which has some GREAT drills for leg conditioning whilst working with your active flexibility. I recommend doing these leg lifts and holds daily, they really hurt at first but after a couple of weeks they will make SUCH a big difference in your balancing hooping! Make sure you warm up your splits a bit first! Your video was funny and cute, I think you can try to move around a bit more when you have a single hoop and thank you for giving me some multi hooping! Your five split is looking really good but you can practise slowing the one on your knees down a little bit so it goes in time with the rest of the hoops, it will make it look so much better! Video wise, I’d encourage you to either get some brighter hoops or to take the colouring of the edit down a little bit because some of your hoops disappear in the scene!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

NICK: Theme: Wonderful – that’s some proper kit you’ve got yourself. Nothing like taking your hoops for a picnic on a chilly UK spring day. I’m glad you saw the funny side. You stick to the free love of the sixties throughout with a solid first video this year. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow: You are one of the few circus style hoopers in this year so that bodes really well for you. I love the splits you hit, I don’t think anyone else is nailing those this year so ramp that up and you will do fantastic. You may need to work on a few more technically dance styled tricks – wraps and rolls seem to be popular this year. But its a really fun and engaging video. Score: 8.
Presentation: I love the character work, some of the best in the competition this year. Best to not take it all too seriously! That’s the British way! You might want to have a look at the camera you are using, as it doesn’t bring out the light to the fullest. Its often a stumbling block in a hoop competition, and careful you don’t get too far away from the camera. Its hard to keep up when you are that far from the shot.
Score: 7
Total Score: 23

BUNNY: Theme – From the very outset Kat, you got me! The music, the location, the filters, your costume, your setup. Dreamy! I was teleported to the 60s! Score: 10
Skills/Flow – WOW Kat you are a skilled hooper! You got those splits down. While your tricks are amazing I felt like you gave it away a little too early in this video. I want to see a build up of tricks and a progressive sequence that leads to the ta-da moment. Also I’m going to suggest working on your body’s expression and flow. Overall, I wonderful first submission. Score: 7
Presentation – This is a super cute video. My only suggestion is to give more consideration to the sequence of shots in relation to the story you are telling. Also, be careful of distancing yourself from the audience with too many long shots. Score: 8
Total score: 25

PHILO: Kat, you’re truly one of those sparkling personalities this season and we really got to see that with your first video. Thank you! Your opening scenes and the ones with you rolling the dice with your hoop and such are SO incredibly engaging and captivating that I’m already a fan. Now what you need to do is get your hooping scenes to have that same kind of engagement. You’ve clearly got the skills, you just need to present them better. Don’t get too far away from the camera, either work with hooping to the song more or editing in a way that feels like you’re hooping to it. You’re hilarious and wonderful and could go far in the competition if we can bring it all together! Super excited to have you in the mix this year!

*****

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

ANAH: I loved your outfit but I didn’t really get the setting. I wish you had been in some kind of a club setting to fit your gogo dancer theme. I liked your hooping and especially that you danced your little heart out! I would put a little more work into the sequence at 1:53 – 1:57 before I put it on camera. Those geometric moves rely on precision to really have pop. Also, the ending was a little flat. I used to fall out of my endings too. The trick is to save one power move for the end and really have some kind of “shazam” pose that is part of it so you have a clear and artistic ending.
Theme: 5
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 18

LISA: hey maria, Wow what a great camera-person you have! your video reminded me the most of a music video and i really enjoyed watching you just rock out and do your thing. I think you have utilised the music to your movement the most out of anyone this week too. I can really see you dance to THIS song and I really appreciated that. Next time though I think you can think more about the brief and create more of a storyline where you also take me to different scenes and places, but because you gave me such a visually pleasing video this time i’ll let this go! one thing though is that I can tell you’re shy, so if you’re going for a rockstar video with a rockstar dress and a rockstar routine, i want to see you BEING that rockstar, you have a tendency to keep your head down and a slightly nervous smile. it’s super hard to ‘rock out’ while you’re being video’d and you probably have the music playing off your iphone somewhere on the ground but I encourage you to just keep filming until you loosen up a bit, and you just have to pretend that it’s all happening, even though it’s not! I can see more from you so make sure you give it to me next time!
Theme: 6.5
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 22.5

NICK: Theme: Song choice is excellent, costuming worked really well. However, you could have done with a little more narrative than just coming out in a sixties outfit to the sixties song. Think a little more about shots and locations that can really help with that. Score: 6.
Skills/Flow: I thought the song and the way you hooped over the first half of the video was really good. I don’t usually go in for the super fast hooping, but that actually worked well with the song you used. Your single hoop skills are excellent. You might want to watch the twins and multi hoops a little as they were slightly uncontrolled. But in terms of skills and flow you brought lots to it as a solid opening video. Score: 8.
Presentation: You interact with the camera really well, and you edited the video together with some cool snappy shots that linked well with changes in the music. You’ll need to start thinking about using multiple locations just so the viewer feels the mood and the changes in the hooping. But that’s not to take away from a well presented video. Good artistry in that sense, fast moving camera work that really hit the music well: 8.5
Total Score: 22.5

BUNNY: Theme – Hells Yeh Maria! What an exciting introduction to YOU! I loved this video from the very first moment. Your camera guru is boss. You are divine. You rocked the theme girl. Go-go-licious! Score: 10
Skills/Flow – Really great application of your skills to fit the theme and performance. I love that you contained your trick repertoire in the name of narratorial context!!! Everything flowed smoothly including your transition to multiple hoops. Where can you improve? Just keep on doing what you’re doing! It’s working! And get those 4 hoops super sharp in how you pick them up and rock them. Score: 9
Presentation – Solid. Great camera moves, interesting cuts, gorgeous lighting and colour palette. The single location added to your routine. Stellar performance. Score: 10
Total score: 29

PHILO Now that’s what I’m talking about. Spinning up some go-go hooping in a shimmer dress and boots with your hair all groovy. I absolutely love it! It’s really hard to get through with something this simple, but you really made it work. Your musicality was spot on, you were super engaging, and this was so well filmed that there weren’t any visual obstacles between you and your audience. We just got to watch you do your thing and you captivated us. I’m not so sure about your location, and you’re going to need to bring us something more in the weeks ahead to stay in the mix, but for a first week video this one’s a winner pussycat a-go-go!

*****

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

ANAH: I loved all your outfits Anni! I wasn’t totally clear on the setting, but it was really neat with the water behind you. I really liked the close up shot at the end, I kinda wish there was more of that throughout! I liked that you kept the rhythm through your body to keep up with the song. On a technical note, be sure you straighten your arms for your rolls!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 20

LISA: Hey Anni! i loved your costumes! and also the video effects took me right to the sixties! but I also wanted you to adjust the colouring so that I could actually SEE the hoop in so many scenes! it’s a mistake that quite a few competitors made this week, such a shame! make sure i can see the hoop as well as you! Also i WISH you spun the hoop around your butt at 1.11! I thought your video was fun and cute and i’m so happy you finished it off with a close shot off your face in the end so I felt like i got to know you a bit better. Next time I also want to see some throws or some floor work of you, so you mix up the levels of height a bit. A solid start!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23.5

NICK: Theme: Loads and loads of costume changes here that worked really well. It had a real sixties vibe to it. You could think a little more about telling a story, some narrative to go with it. But the way you hooped worked really well to this era of music so you score highly there. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow: Some really well executed tricks and stylised with some excellent sixties dancing in between. Loved the tricks, maybe work in a few longer shots next time so we can see the flow that connects it all. You just need to balance between showing the skills and showing the flow in between. Good job though! Score: 8.
Presentation: I loved the presentation. To start with the colour changes from black and white to colour. I loved the mix up of the costume changes. Clever use also of that water feature. Lets hope you timed that and got it in one shot! Score: 8.
Total Score: 24

BUNNY: Theme – Anni! This is great! You have super sweet energy that seems made for this theme. I enjoyed the single location and the reveal at the end. It contained the performance space you built. You held me with your dance, your engagement with the camera and your great costumes. Well done! Score: 10
Skills/Flow – There’s a refined simplicity in your moves that makes it easy and enjoyable to follow your flow. It’s not hectic. You draw out tricks that embellish your style and the musicality in your body takes you to the next level. The only thing I wanted to see that I didn’t was how you acquired your second hoop. I’d be thinking about some fancy techniques to get your second hoop on and into frame for next time. Well done! Score: 9
Presentation – pretty much flawless. The only additions I suggest are some cutaways or closeups that pepper the consistency of your single location, single shot focus and that give us more story. Great video! Score: 8
Total score: 27

PHILO: Like Maria, in your case less really is more Anni! This totally worked for me from the setting to your costume choices to your hooping. You worked the song really well and engaged the camera even with big sunglasses on. That’s not easy to do. I love when you start out behind the fountain and then it stops and comes on behind you. It’s a little thing, but it really helped keep me interested. All that being said this is like a very tasty appetizer and to go for in the competition you’re going to need to be serving up some main dishes too. Like a good appetizer though you’ve totally left us wanting more and that’s a very good thing at week one! Applause!

*****

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

ANAH: I liked the beginning preamble a lot! I wish there had been a bookend on the story at the end, like maybe a cut away of you back in the bathroom having daydreamed the whole thing. I loved how energetic and alive your hooping is! And the toss at 2:48 was super clean!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: Oh Marissa, you are born to hoop! Your video was one of my favourites this week, not only because you NAILED the brief and you gave me a proper storyline and some beautiful settings and video editing, but because when you are hooping you just look so god-damn happy! you make me smile so much! you remind me why i love to hula hoop and I think you personify happiness when you are going for it like you are in your video. This is what i love to see! you have some incredible skills and you’re so fluid connecting them all, my hat goes off to you! I have a little tip on your 1-handed helicopter at 2.27, right now the hoop is just ‘softly’ rotating in your hand but if you put your whole arm into this move you can make it look so much better because you’ll take the speed up by about 200%, so if your hand is facing up and your elbow is down, try to slam your hand down and your elbow up rapidly whilst doing the same movement of the 1 handed heli – once you get the elbow into it it will become a solid row of fast handflicks in a row and you’ll make this whole sequence with 3 hoops just look that much more pretty. try it! It’s a bit hard to explain by typing! 😉
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

NICK: Theme: You really hit the theme well. Starting with a little narrative ‘damn, I’d rather not be at work today!’. From then on I love the back to nature setting of this 60s idea. Totally massive points for that. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow: You have a huge range of skills and link them together with some really long shots that show you have the flow to carry them off. Just take care not to rush through some of these moves, you can always save some back or execute them a little slower, but as a first video your technical abilities are of a really high standard. 8.
Presentation: Love the use of light in the video. You caught the early spring feel really well here. Super interaction with the camera. Lots of long and short edits and well thought out camera positions. Not much to criticise here, you’ll no doubt be in the competition for the long haul.
Score: 9.
Total Score: 25

BUNNY: Theme – Hello Liberator of Woman! Marissa, what a great opener. You know how to tell a story and how to access some of the deeper aspects of hooping visually, which will get you far in this competition. I love everything about this video. You express all the freedom, wildness, creativity and joy that the 60s really strived for. You are the revolution! Score: 10
Skills/Flow – Skills, musicality, flow, hoop acquisition, the building of performance energy – all stunning! My only suggestion is to take care not to edit shots in as fillers – watch the sequencing of moves in relation to the narrative. I can’t wait to see where you take it next Marissa! Well done! Score: 9
Presentation – Stunning! Great colours, great locations, incredible lighting. A little tighter editing as mentioned above and you are on the solid gold! LOVE! Score: 9
Total Score: 28

PHILO: Wow, you put a smile on my face from the time you burst out of the house into your new hippie no shaving free world and it didn’t leave the whole freakin time. I didn’t know this song either and I didn’t care, it just all fit what you were doing so perfectly that it felt familiar anyway. And thanks for some slow motion dreamy moments to really capture that feeling you were going for too. So good! You not only engaged me, you got me to feel you and feel something and that’s such a huge game changer when you have the ability to do that. Your hooping moves were super cool to watch. I’m so excited to see what’s coming next from you. I’d work on having a stronger ending finale moment where that energy can peak, but other than that it’s sooo good. Yay Yay Yay!

*****

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

ANAH: I liked all the country settings in this and how they fit the song. I think you could have found more 60’s authentic dress for it, but your neo hippie garb did fit the scene 😉 I liked the sweet little fold sequence at :36. Your contact hoop juggle at 2:42 would look a little tighter if you straightened your back and maybe even looked a little more forward. Over all, your hooping was really fun and had a lot of sweet moments!
Theme: 6
Skill/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Tarryn, you gave me some of the best and cleanest skills this week! and I really appreciate that, this stuff is hard but to do it clean like you do, well that’s when we start to get ‘pro’! I love how you just didn’t give a **** and got really dirty for your video, and it looks like you had a ton of fun too! In a way i think you could have thought a bit more about a storyline of your 60’s reasoning, but to be honest, I got colour and movement -some reallyyyy good movement so i’m happy. next time though I think you could incorporate more of a story, perhaps write it down first on some paper and then start piecing the scenes together. the double rolls you’re doing at 2,33 – you can work on making them more fluid! right now you’re leaving enough space for a third hoop so your actually working on the 3 hoop pattern which is great, but if you want to make it look good with just two you should leave the same amount of space between them! a bit faster and your hands will move one by one in the same rhythm.
Theme: 7
skills/Flow: 9
presentation: 8
Total Score: 24

NICK: Theme: Great first video. Loving the hippy stylised theme, body paint, costume and even tyres and old wrecked out motor vehicles from that era. Where on earth did you find this location!!
Score: 8.5.
Skills/Flow: Huge level of skills on offer. Particularly liked the rolls and the body wraps. Not only technically well executed but they flowed really well too. Most of the work is with one hoop, so I am curious to see if you can do something with twins and multis in future weeks. Score: 9.
Presentation: Excellent interaction with the camera combined with a smart range of shots across different heights and distance. I thought the popping out of the tyres with the hoop was a great idea. Clearly you’ve put a lot of creative thought into this video. It is one of the best of the week. Score: 9.
Total: 26.5

BUNNY: Theme – Tarryn this is a really fun video filled with vibrant colour and an obvious love of nature and the hoop. I felt the conceptual content could have been stronger. I wasn’t quite sure where your story was going. However, your playful moves, gorgeous locations and sweet lighting won me over. Really enjoyed it. Score: 8
Skills/Flow – You’re a great hooper Tarryn. I really enjoyed your flow and contained selection of tricks – they both build the energy of your performance really well. I want to see how you get your extra hoops and would love to see them thrown into you for a juggling sequence – possible? Well done! Score: 9
Presentation – great locations and lighting, lovely colour palette, nice mix of shots and beautiful camera movements. Would like to see more connection of shot sequencing with the narrative. Overall, fabulous! Score: 9
Total score: 26

PHILO: I’m not sure what exactly was going on with you Tarryn, but I didn’t care cause I was having such a good time! Such a great song choice. I was bouncing along with the tune watching you do your thing and totally enjoying myself. From the floor work in the dirt to the popping out of a well, you really kept me guessing and kept things unexpected – which is great in the sense that you really kept us engaged from start to finish. There were some super charming close ups and twists and turns and cool moves along the way. Next week you’re going to have to something different to keep that going though – don’t think you can do this again and it’ll work two weeks in a row! It sure did this time though. Woot woot!

*****

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

ANAH: I love this song! I think you could have done more with the boots and less with the hitchhiking though, in terms of theme but it still worked J You had a lot of fun moments in your hooping. Be sure you keep your sending arm straight for smoother rolls. I would have liked a little more dance, though you did a good job with matching the attitude of the song J
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Hey Dayna, aww i wanna give you a ride! haha, I LOVE that little tap-reverse-thingy you do at 0.32, i want to learn that! I think you’ve maaged to pack in some really great skills into your video and I like the little storyline to tie it all together. I think what I would have liked to see would be a few changes of pace in your hooping speed, when a song is just a continuous 4×4 beat it can get a bit monotonous if you’re not careful – and a way you can combat is is my you speeding up twice as fast OR slowing down half way, then it’s easier to keep us interested! another thing that you could have done is to bring your face a bit closer to the camera every now and then. i got that from you once and I wouldnt’ have minded it it you would have maybe taken off your sunnies and shown me your face so I could have connected with you just a bit better
Theme: 8
skills/Flow: 8
presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

NICK: Theme – I loved the theme throughout. I think you were the first to reference woodstock. I’m not sure how we’d have got through a sixties week without reference to it. And where on earth did you find all those jeeps from? You Americans and your massive cars! I love the fact that you drifted in and out of the theme, it kept everything relevant and from that perspective scores highly. Score: 9.
Skills/Flow: Some nifty moves. Goodness the skill level moved on since I did this some years back! The hooping is controlled well technically. Its another case of saying there are about 7-8 of you with a very high trick level. Not sure what is going to budge it for one or the other. Keep doing what you are doing and you’ll be in here for a long while yet.
Score: 8.
Presentation: Great interaction with the camera. Some great breaks in between to keep up with the narrative. You might want to think about multiple locations for your video, just to keep the viewing engaged throughout. Love the in-out shots. Its so important to explore angles and distances with making good hoop videos which you do well. Score: 7.
Total Score: 24

BUNNY: Theme – It’s a great song Dayna! And you werk it! Lovely opening and great 60s vibes. I feel like you could have developed the story a little further in terms of your internal journey while you were waiting for (and missing) the ride. I wanted to see more facial expression and a sneak peak at your eyes to connect with you more. I’m looking forward to seeing you develop your narrative throughout the competition. Great first entry! Score: 7
Skills/Flow – You have an impressive collection of tricks Dayna. I’m excited to see more flow where you just really get into it and go for it. Feels like there is a shell you are about to crack where you step into your full performance power! Take care of sequencing your tricks and shots so they add to your story. Good job. Score: 7
Presentation – I’m a sucker for nature so you got me right up. Beautiful location, lighting was a little flat but you made up for it with the colour and light that is you! I found the camera wobble a little distracting – I’d be tightening that up. Overall, great first entry! Score: 7
Total Score: 21

PHILO: You had your Woodstock gear on and all you needed was a ride, so why not spin one up, right? Nicely done Dayna. This was a really nice combination of a whole lot of right notes that came together pretty well. You had the song, the boots, the narrative, a happy ending, lots of great ideas, but it felt just a little off to me because Nancy Sinatra is so GoGo rather than hippie. It’s a small thing, but small things are going to start making a big difference in the weeks ahead so make sure you’re nailing it. Did you get your hair done to go to Woodstock too? That’s the kind of stuff I’m talking about. Applause Dayna, applause!

*****

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

ANAH: Groovy baby! Maybe even the grooviest! I loved the creativity of the 4 up shots and you nailed the hair and makeup. I also really liked how you incorporated 60’s style dance into your hooping. I loved all the different settings and I you had some sweet creative moves in there that really blended nicely with your outfits, background and theme. Kudos!
Theme: 9
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 27

LISA: wowowow Coelti what a submission!! you couldn’t be more on point with the brief, dayummm this video is amazing!! bonus points for your amazing sixties hand movements too. what a visually stunning display of videography and hula hooping with that amazing sixties style. There is a little but though, and I think you already know what I’m going to say. I wish I would have seen a little more of you actually hooping!! All it would have taken was a few more long shots like the one where you’re underneath the giant silver thing. Next time I want to see you zoomed out a few more times and throwing hoops around a bit more! my favorite move is at 0.28 where you squat to pick up the hoop from the backspin, more of this please!, but top marks for your effort!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 26

NICK: Theme: Oh my! Just as fatigue of watching a lot of vids this week was setting in, this one came out the bag and stole the whole week. Its pretty perfect, well almost – read on. This is a mind blowing piece of thematically wonderous work. And I recognise that cat on the park bench. Very amusing. I have no idea where you found the time to put this together but its 60s to the absolute max. From the cut shots, stolen perfectly in time with the music, to the outfits, the locations. Brilliant work. Well done. I really don’t like giving tens this early but I can’t see how there is anything else than that for this effort. Score: 10
Skills/Flow: Here’s the bit I said read on about. While thematically and in terms of presentation its just top notch, I would like to see a bit more hooping. As you’ll see from the levels of some of the others the skills level is very high. You’ll have no problems getting through this week but next week please more hooping. Keep that edge in terms of themes and presentation, but lets actually see more of what you can do. Score: 6.5
Presentation: I’ve said a lot of this under theme, but creatively you smashed it in your presentation. Its just such a clever video in line with the 60s idea. You interact with the camera so well, your locations are great, I nearly had a couple of flashbacks half way through with the backdrops and the cuts are outstanding. Just get that middle bit on skills/flow sorted and you’ll be here for a long time.Score: 9.5.
Total Score: 26

BUNNY: Theme – WOW talk about taking us right there! Amazing opening Coelti. You nailed the theme with your costumes, sets, effects, psychedelic energy and your special guest star appearance! What a stunning journey from start to well considered finish. This is a powerful first entry! Score: 10
Skills/Flow – Beautiful! You have really great pacing and an uncomplicated “clean” hooping style. The circus body split felt a little disconnected from the rest of your performance – I would have liked to see that fit in with a sequence. Would also love to see how you acquire your second hoop. Overall, fantastic! Score: 8
Presentation – Flawless. Score: 10
Total Score: 28

PHILO: Holy Moley! This is like the most Sixties Week groovy modster thing I’ve ever seen. It may be one of the best Hooping Idol videos we’ve seen in any season actually. It’s really that good. Great use of The Bean and finishing that scene with a sunglass peak – LOVE it! You even made Benjamin Berry’s head turn from Season 5! Nicely played. The problem with doing so well so soon though is that you set this really high expectation for yourself for the rest of the competition. Others have room to grow and it can appear that you don’t, but you do. You definitely do in the hooping department and I have a feeling that was on purpose too – saving it for later when you need it most. Watch out Hooping Idol 6 contestants. Looks like Coelti’s here to win it!

*****

19. ALLY BOURNE: MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: LOVE LOVE LOVE the song choice! I wish you had reflected the more serious notes of the song in your dancing, but I did enjoy your energy and your smile. Your outfit was great too. I liked the variety of your hoop movements and your lines were really clean and polished. I think the setting could have been a little more congruous, but over all fun to watch!
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 21

LISA: Hey Ally, well girl you’ve got style and i LOVE to watch you move! you look like you’re having a really great time in your video and that’s what I love to see most of all! you gave me a good story, a wonderful opening scene (seriously, where did you get this guy from? straight from 1967?) and you’ve got the skills to pay the bills! Couple of things for you, please pick a hoop that doesn’t blend into the background! With a more contrasting colour, I would have been able to see what you did so much better! also, if you drop a hoop or make a mistake, don’t put it into the video unless it plays an integral part to your storyline or it is a joke, or something! everyone drops hoops but on video is the one time where you can just pretend it never happened! This was one of my fav’s this week and I am excited to see more from you!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 8.5
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 26

NICK: Theme: You win for best track of this week’s batch. Massive Zeppelin fan. I really loved the start and the narrative you go with for this video. It works really well. Good use of back to nature/60s hippy style theme. Throughout you stuck well to this idea and is a solid start. Score: 8.
Skills/Flow: Really high level twins throughout the video. A behind the back reverse 3 beat weave must be a first on hooping idol, that’s some tricky move. I’m wondering if there is a poi background in there as you have great control on the planes and transitions between these moves. I’d like to see some different styles/techniques in future weeks, what have you got with one hoop or multis? That said, very strong hoop skills. Score: 8.
Presentation: This is the bit you get marked down on. You need to check your camera (yup, sorry that is a thing in this competition). You’ve gone into portrait mode and there is some dead space at the side of the shot and I hate to say it but you might need to find a better camera. The frames just got a bit blurred when the camera went from static to dynamic. Away from that you interacted well with the camera, I loved the setting in front of those trees, but if nature is part of your theme its best to not have lots of buildings in the background. Score: 6.
Total Score: 22

BUNNY: Theme – Talk to the hoop already! I love that you set the narrative up so strongly and it just kept on giving the hoop love. This is a beautiful and power story of choice, freedom, colour, creativity and pure autonomous joy. The only thing I would have paid more attention to is your main location – more forest, less carpark. Great first video! Score: 9
Skills/Flow – stunning! I love your flow. Great introduction and consistent sequencing. Very creative way of getting that second hoop! I really enjoyed watching what felt like a live performance. My only suggestion is to work the camera more with your gorgeous smile! Score: 9
Presentation – Had the 60s vibe there’s no doubt about that! The camera work got a little too bouncy and distant towards the end, which lost me a little. Loved the closeup sunset shots! Looking forward to seeing more Ally. Score: 8
Total Score: 26

PHILO: Probably the best song choice of everyone for Sixties Week, you have a legion of Led Zeppelin fans at your disposal. From the cool threads to the sweet moves, you’ve clearly got some great ideas and the smiles and personality to get there. Love it Ally! Applause for having a narrative too, just be sure you’re hitting the notes just right with it. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You isn’t a happy breakup song – even if you’re leaving your man for a magic circle – and playing with some of that raw emotional power would’ve knocked this out of the park cause I know you’re someone that can bring it when you want to. Don’t be afraid to really feel something and get us to really feel it too.

*****

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

ANAH: All of us hoopers that date our hoops instead of people can totally relate to this – ha! I really liked the expressiveness in your hooping and most especially, your expressiveness through your legs and feet. It’s an area many hoopers fail to dance with so I really appreciated that. I liked the overhead shots and choice of hoop color to ‘pop’ as well.
Theme: 7
Skill/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 22

LISA: Hey kat! what a lovely smile you have, I really liked your video and the storyline you created, a clever use of different camera angles and your skills feel like a nice introduction to your hooping world, and I think we can see a whole lot more there! I’m reaaallly hoping you’re going to smash to this competition with a large variety of tricks up your sleeves! you move so great in this video with fantastic feet and lines. Are you going to give me some multi hooping and some more flexibility tricks? I’m thinking that you’re more than capable!
A really great start from you and I am excited to see more!
Theme: 7.5
Skills: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23.5

NICK: Theme: Nice start, but you really need to think more about the theme itself. What the 60s conveys itself, not just finding a piece of music from the era and hooping to it. To win hooping idol you need to find the narrative for your offering to a particular theme each week. What locations can you utilise, what props, and how can other characters play a part. Score: 6.
Skills/Flow: Nicely put together. Although you may not have as high a technical skill set as some others in this competition your flow is really good and you allow yourself to move freely within that. Your planes are really clean and that was well demonstrated throughout the video. Try to slow some of your work down a little if you can, so that it doesn’t feel so rushed. Score: 7.
Presentation: I liked the different heights of the shots, particularly the ones from high that really showed off the doubles well. You interact with the camera well and that stays throughout. You may want to think about using more than one location. Really have a think about the local area around you and how you can use that to your advantage with each week. All in all a solid start, just take care around the theme each week. Score: 7.
Total Score: 20

BUNNY: Theme – Kat you are adorable! This is a really delightful video. You are so very upfront and centre which grabbed me straight way. Reimagining yourself in the 60s as a liberated hoop dancing sprite instead of a man-bound wife to be brings joy to my heart. It’s r/evolution. Great first video! Score: 9
Skills/Flow – What a great hoop dancer you are. Lovely flow, pacing, energy and connection with your audience. My only suggestion is to take care bouncing your edits between tricks that may not connect so well if they were live, such as single and multiple hoops. Score: 9
Presentation – Great shots and camera movements. Particularly loved the closeup leading into foot hooping and the overhead shots. The colour palette was a little off for my preferences and the light could have been softer. Overall, fantastic first video! Score: 8
Total Score: 26

PHILO: Buttercup, you’re adorable! I’m so glad you’re here and loved your hooping scenes and all the different camera angles and views that you were spinning up along the way too. Absofreakinlutely! When you’ve got such a universal thing we can all relate to like waiting for a call and a song to go with it, just make sure you’ve got the narrative to go with it. In the Sixties waiting for the phone to ring was huge. No voicemail. No answering machines. If you missed it you missed it. So while it’s great not to wait by the phone today, technologically or codependently, if you’d been by the phone when it said you were by the phone we’d all have been “Oh please call her” and rooting for and bonding with you – and at the end he could’ve called and it would’ve been super Sixties sweetness explosion. Awww, tear. Song choices can make or break it and what you do with them can really make a difference. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

*****

21. SACREDHOOP: ASHLAND, VIRGINIA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Bree, I love the positive message of your song! I would have liked to see a higher production value though. More angles, more settings and more story. Your hooping is fun and flavorful but you could definitely add more dance. At 1:20 you forgot about your free arm. You don’t have to move the free bits constantly or anything but there should be awareness there.
Theme: 6
Skill/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 19

LISA: Firstly, what a great music choice! and I love the top you are wearing, it’s so pretty! I think you have done a great job with your amazing hoop moves in this video but I wish you would have ‘tried a little bit harder’ to give me some more variety in this video with some changes of scenery, a storyline or even a change of costume. For example, when you change to the silver hoop, you could have taken me to a totally different place! I love the effect you have achieved with the psychedelic colour changes in the editing process, but unfortunately it is a little bit easy to do this in post and I would have preferred to see you make a little more effort in the shooting itself. You have some great hoop moves, now show me how much you want to be part of this competition by putting more energy into designing an idea for the video!
Theme: 6.5
skills/flow: 8
Presentation: 6.5
Total Score: 21

NICK: Theme: So I enjoyed the song choice and the costuming, which were really sixties. I think though that you will need to think about how you develop it with some narrative or storytelling, rather than just going out and hooping with the sixties outfit on. Although I did note the jump from black and white to colour to fit that idea a little at the start. Really start to think about what the key themes of the sixties were and how can you explore that. I’ve said it to a few others this week, the ones who go far will be the ones who can bring skills but keep telling a story with it. Score: 6
Skills/Flow: Lots of cool tricks and combinations. I’m not always the biggest fan of wedgies, I think they get overplayed a lot, but what I did like is that you did them in a controlled manner, which is half the art mastered. Keep it nice and controlled, smooth and technically mannered and you’ll be absolutely fine. Score: 7.
Presentation: I liked the presentation generally, the camera is obviously high quality – start using it more. You may need to get some help, vary the shots, have some shots with the camera moving, explore the height of shots and how close/far away you can get. Those make the best hoop videos
Score 7.
Total Score: 20

BUNNY: Theme – Bree this is a sweet tribute to what hooping – and life – is all about. Just keep on trying! Great retro energy and cool hoop moves. I feel like your storyline and characterisation could have been developed a little more to reflect that struggle we all encounter with the hoop and beyond. Also I needed a touch more psychedelia to get me to where Janis was coming from and for the theme to really kick in. Overall, beautiful first video! Score: 7
Skills/Flow – I love your relaxed, smooth hoop style Bree. A note on considering your trick sequences throughout the video so they flow as well as they do live. Would love to see how you acquire a second hoop. Also, I want you to work that camera more with expression and connection with your audience. Score: 7
Presentation – There are some great shots in this video! The lighting was a little flat but overall your video was cleanly shot. I’d be paying more attention to edits syncing with music and also playing some more with mid shots and closeups. Great first video! Score: 7
Total Score: 21

PHILO: Bree, you’re super sweet and it shows in this video and that’s an awesome thing. It’s like you’ve already got people rooting for you and picked a great song to get them to cheer you on. Try baby, you can do it! And look, you are! I love it! The biggest issue with your video is framing. There’s way too much grass in most of the shots. You’re doing tosses and we can’t see where they’re going. Then we get a nice view of you and your feet disappear. Get things framed better and it’s going to feel so much better and make such a huge impact on your hooping videos for reals. I’m also pretty sure this is the same scene we saw in your casting video, right? You’re going to want to get out and surprise us. All that being said, you’re adorable and you’ve got some cool moves to share with the world so keep it up!

*****

There you have it, your Hooping Idol 5 contestants and their Sixties Week submissions. Our judges have submitted their scores that comprise 40% of our final tally. The total scores from our judges for Sixties Week are:

Coelti 107
Marissa Marlo 103
Ziggy Starshiine 99.5
Tarryn Allan 98.5
Zachary Lambert 98.5
Jennifer Dennehy 98
Beth Anne 96.5
Ally Bourne 95
Anni Lalu 94.5
Honey Hoop 93
Kat Collett 93
Firefox 92.5
Maria Nava 92
Kat Hoop Circles Kierans 91.5
Lily Wild Hoops 91
Sapphire Spin 91
Dayna Fisher 90
Hellokeighty 88.5
Karenca Flow 82
Sacredh00p 81
Maggie Ginoza 69.5

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 5 contestants from the ballot below of those you want to see move forward. Let’s vote!

SORRY: VOTING FOR SIXTIES WEEK HAS CLOSED

Your Hooping Idol 6 Sixties Week ballots are being accepted only until Thursday, May 5th at 7:00 pm PST. The six finalists with the lowest scores will be eliminated from the competition and the remainder will be moving on to the next round. Stay tuned for those results, along with the details of the next challenge and happy Sixties Week Hooping everybody!

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