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Hooping Mom Lisa Sampson Spins Britain’s Got Talent

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Britain’s Got Talent’s latest hopeful is none other than Lisa Sampson of Boogie Hoops, and she even spun a big smile onto Simon Cowell’s face. The 35-year-old self-taught hula hoop instructor and mother of three from West Sussex, England, UK, impressed everybody with her energetic, multi-hula hoop routine, and scored herself a standing ovation from everyone in the auditorium, including all four of the judges. I caught up with Lisa to find out more about her and more about her Britain’s Got Talent experience so far.

Philo: Congratulations Lisa! When did you fist start hooping and how?

Lisa: I started hula hooping in 2012 after taking my children to a circus workshop. I fancied trying it so I started to teach myself from YouTube and I became hooked.

Philo: What does your hooping life normally look like?

Lisa: My hooping life and being a mum of three children is extremely busy. After I take my children to school I come home and practice every day. I have broken lots of items in my house while learning, so now I take everything out of the front room to practice.

Hooping Idol 5: Science Fiction Week Results Show

Science Fiction Week Results Show The results of Hooping Idol 5: Science Fiction Week are in. Hooping.org congratulates all of our contenders that are moving on to the next round and we whole heartedly celebrate those who are departing the competition at this point. Who will be leaving us following Science Fiction Week and who will be moving forward to spin it up in our next challenge? It’s time for all of us to find out.

With 40% of the vote coming from our judges and 60% of the vote coming from all of you, we’ve got nothing but love for all of our contenders and would like to take this opportunity to really thank those who are going home this week for being a part of our exciting fifth season – and for making it so AWESOME! Thank you! We’d also like to thank our judges and all of our prize sponsors for their amazing generosity and community support – and without any further ado, it’s results time! Here’s Philo!

Hooping Idol 5: It’s Science Fiction Week!

sciencefictionweek It’s Week 4 of our 5th exciting season of Hooping Idol and we’re down to 8 amazing finalists in our search for the next big hooper star. Welcome to Science Fiction Week on Hooping Idol 5, and with a theme like Science Fiction Week it’s pretty exciting!

For those just tuning in, we put out the Season 5 Casting Call, introduced you to our 21 contestants and our special guest celebrity judges. Then we kicked things off spinning our way back to the early 1980’s for New Wave Week. In our New Wave Week Results Show, six were eliminated. Next up came Disney Week and 5 more were sent home. After that we had a great time with Pop Music Week and thanks to a tie only 2 more were eliminated.

The term “Science Fiction” deals with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. As we said last week, “While their skills and creativity have allowed each of them to make it this far, it’s time for them to really develop a good story for us too. With Science Fiction Week anything is possible, and we’re expecting the unexpected. Think outside the box. Put calls out for support if you need it. Let your imaginations run wild. Spin up a hooping tale like none we’ve seen before.” They were reminded of our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video, and they were reminded to bring it – because at the end of Science Fiction Week, three more of them will be going home.

Jim Lambie: Layin Down the ZOBOP

2014_LAM_RedBullStudios01_eHooping Tape. We love our hoop tape, don’t we? Whether it’s from Identi-Tape, Fancy Tapes, Discount Hoop Supplies or your local hardware store, it’s something pretty special. Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie has a thing for bright colorful tape too, and he also tends to think most floors are just too drab to leave on their own. That’s why ZOBOP, his signature art work, changes every time he stages it according to the shape of the room – and anyone who has ever taped a hoop is going to view one of his installations with a whole different level of awe and respect.

Utilizing tape designs on the floors themselves, the designs vary all the time. Lambie realized somewhere along the way that color was either something being over-controlled in our world, or drained away from it – so he decided to make something super-colored, psychedelic even, but which still retained a strong conceptual base. ZOBOP is based on the concept of trying to fill a space while still leaving it empty. He tapes down rolls of vinyl tape, starting from the outlines of the floor space until he reaches the center and what he’s doing with tape is the most exciting thing we’ve seen since the second revolution of hoop making began. Thanks Nicole for turning us on to his work. We hope you enjoy it.

Hooping Idol 5: The Pop Music Week Results Show

Pop Music Week Results Show on Hooping Idol 5 The results of Hooping Idol 5: Pop Music Week are in and Hooping.org would like to congratulate all of our contenders moving on to the next round – and we have nothing but love for each and every one of those who are making their departure from the competition. Who will be leaving us following Pop Music Week and who will be moving forward in our quest to find the next great hooper star? It’s time to find out.

Hooping Idol 5: It’s Pop Music Week!

Hooping Idol 5 Spins Pop Music Week It’s Week 3 of our 5th exciting season of Hooping Idol and the competition is super tight in our search for the next big hooper star. Welcome to Pop Music Week on Hooping Idol 5!

For those just tuning in, we put out the Season 5 Casting Call, introduced you to our 21 contestants and our special guest celebrity judges, then kicked things off spinning our way back to the early 1980’s for New Wave Week. In our New Wave Week Results Show, six were eliminated. Next came Disney Week and 5 more were sent home.

The term “Pop Music” was originally derived as an abbreviation for “popular” though it has come to mean something a little more specific these days, even if the genre in and of itself can be extremely eclectic. What will our Idols spin up this week for a shot at making their way one step closer to the title of Hooping Idol and our Ultimate Hooping Idol Prize Package? All we can really say is you’re in for a treat, because everybody takes a step up this week and knocks it right out of the ballpark. Our Top Ten contenders have all been schooled on Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video, were told to think outside the box and let their imaginations run wild, and they were reminded to bring it – because at the end of Pop Music Week, three more of them will be going home.

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Seated at the judge’s table for season five are Rachael Lust of RachaelLust.com from Marion, Ohio, USA, Nick Broyd of Nick Broyd Hoop from Bristol, England, UK, Bunny Hoop Star of Hoop Empire in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops in Conway, Arkansas, USA. They’ll be sharing their thoughts and advice all season long when it comes to just what our Hooping Idol 5 contestants are up to.

philo This season our contestants will also be receiving mentoring advice publicly and behind the scenes from Hooping Idol’s host Philo Hagen. The Managing Editor of Hooping.org and two-time Hoopie Award winner for Video of the Year and Male Hooper of the Year will not, however, be scoring our contestants.

Our Ultimate Hooping Idol 5 Prize Package includes a Glamping Tent Package and performance showcase spot at Hoopcamp 2015 in Boulder Creek, California, USA, a coveted registration to the already sold out Austrian Hoop Convention in Vienna, Austria, an incredible registration to the German Hoop Convention in Hannover, Germany, as well as a registration to Australia’s hoop gathering – Hoopy Happenings in Sydney, Australia. Our new Hooping Idol will also be getting their hands on an amazing Atomic Evoke 4 Smart Hoop from Astral Hoops, two months of free advertising from Hooping.org to jumpstart their career or business, a $250 gift certificate from HoopSupplies.com, the fantastic fire hoop of their choice from Synergy Flow Arts, a $150 gift certificate to look great too from Hoopclothes.com, an Eco Hoop – the world’s first fully recycled plastic hoop – and a Hoop Revolution Core Foundation DVD from our friends at Hoop Revolution, plus the award winning hoop dance documentary The Hooping Life on DVD and a deck of super cool hooper playing cards.

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A great big thank you to all of those in our community who have so generously donated prizes for this season, and to all of our judges for taking time out of their hectic schedules to share their thoughts with all of us this week.

So, are you ready for some Hooping Idol? Great, because it’s Pop Music Week on Hooping Idol 5 and we proudly present our Top Ten contenders in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

Our Elegant Hoopcamp Video Contest Winners

hoopcampwinners Have you fancied attending Hoopcamp, the largest annual gathering specifically for the hoop inspired, only to discover this delicious reality wasn’t quite within your fates or finances? Well, dear hooper, that’s why we spun up The Most Elegant Hoopcamp Video Contest Ever! Earlier this month your invitation was shared to spin up something special and one lucky winner would be bestowed with a fabulous Glamping Tent Package for Hoopcamp 2015.

With the theme this year for our distinguished 8th annual hoop gathering being Puttin’ on the Tricks, the contest minutiae required not exceeding three minutes in length, infusing your experience with elegance, and to heed our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video guidance. We wanted you to glide, twirl, tap and strut your way back to the days when sparkle and dazzle were supreme and performances told a story. You were to pull out your top moves, your top hat and spin up something tops. And now, the moment has arrived.

Carly Palmer: Our Hooper of the Week

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When it comes to stars of the hooping world, you may not have heard of Carly Palmer. Chances are, however, that she’s probably heard of you. Truly a star in our book, Carly joined the staff here at Hooping.org back in September of 2013 as one of our Visual Content Editors. She’s shared more than 300 hooping videos with the hooping community at large, and got the inside scoop on a few of our feature stories as well. But who is Carly Palmer? A melancholy office worker by day and an uber-obsessed, hyperactive hooper by night, from her home computer in Manassas, Virginia, USA, she has diligently been making sure the greatest hooping videos out there find their way on to our pages. She’s been shining the spotlight on so many hoopers that we knew it was time to shine it on her as well. A dynamic hooper with a truly wonderful spirit, join me as we take an up close and personal look at our very own Carly Palmer, our Hooper of the Week.

5 Tips To Build Your Hooper Confidence

5 Tips To Build Your Hooperby Shea Brock

I have a confession to make. I wasn’t very popular in high school. Shut up, I know, get out, me??? Who wouldn’t love me? Well, at the time I was quite shy, overweight, madly in love with New Kids on The Block and had a habit of dyeing my hair purple. And now, twenty something years later, I’m still rather shy, overweight, love New Kids on the Block and dye my hair purple. One could say that not a lot has changed – but something major has – my mindset. I got sick and tired of trying to “fit in” and found a way to embrace me and be myself. So, what does this have to do with hooping you might ask? Let me explain.

It can be a daunting and scary thought to those of us who are more introverted and/or newer hoopers who have yet to take their show on the road, as it were, to work that flow in front of others, an audience or even a camera. For most of us gaining confidence is a life long process and just because we feel on top of it on Tuesday, doesn’t mean we’re even going to feel the same next week. As a hooper I know it is something I still personally struggle with, but during my time in the spin I’ve been able to make some hoop vs. life observations that are really helpful. So the next time you’re not really feeling it, check in on these five points that can help you crawl out of the cave to rock it out in the sunshine.

Hooping Idol 5: Disney Week Results Show

Hooping Idol 5: Disney Week Results Show The results of Hooping Idol 5: Disney Week are in and Hooping.org would like to congratulate all of our contenders moving on to the next round – and we have nothing but love for each and every one of those who are departure the competition. Who will be leaving us following Disney Week and who will be moving forward in our quest to find the next great hooper star? It’s time to find out.

Hooping.org’s very own Philo Hagen is your host for the Hooping Idol 5: Disney Week Results Show. With huge thanks to all five of our contestants whose journey ends here, thank you so much for being a part of our fifth exciting season. We’d also like to thank our esteemed judges, our incredible prize sponsors for their amazing generosity, and a really big thank you to each and every one of you for tuning in and casting your votes. Thanks for being a part of Hooping Idol. And without any further ado, here’s Philo – and if you can’t see him where you live, try watching on Vimeo.

Hooping Idol 5 Spins Pop Music Week What’s next for our Top Ten Hooping Idol 5 contenders? While their skills and creativity have allowed each of them to make it this far, it’s time for our Top Ten to take it to the next level. That’s why we want to see them put their very own unique spin on songs we all know, right here in the here and now, staking their claim as a hooping pop icon of their own. With a theme like Pop Music Week, anything is possible, and we’re expecting each of them to bring it. Think outside the box. Uncover even more of your creativity. Put calls out for support if need be. Let your imaginations run wild. We want to see that you’re truly a Hooping Idol and we want you to surprise us.

Here’s what our TOP 10 remaining contenders must do: 1) Choose a Pop Music soundtrack for this week. 2) Claim that song via email to hoopingidol@gmail.com. If the song you’ve selected has already been claimed by another hooper, you will be notified of the need to choose again. 3) Read Hooping.org’s Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video one more time. Seriously. Some of the issues mentioned by our judges this week were covered in this. Do NOT make that mistake two weeks in a row. 4) Create your next Hooping Idol video inspired by our theme for the week – Pop Music! 5) Post your video on YouTube and Vimeo on or before Sunday, April 26th, at 11:59pm PST. Be aware that videos do take time to upload so don’t wait until the last minute. 6) Copy your YouTube and your Vimeo video link urls and email them to hoopingidol@gmail.com. That’s it!

Have fun Hooping Idol contenders, but remember to make it count. At the end of Pop Music Week three more of you will be heading home. Happy hooping everybody!