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Hooping Idol’s 15 Greatest Hits

hoopingidolgreatest by Philo Hagen

With casting currently underway for our fourth exciting season of Hooping Idol, we thought it was time to finally take a good look back at the very best moments from our first three seasons. Though the award winning competition and world wide hooping community celebration just keeps getting bigger every year, and 2014 promises to be no exception, that’s because some of the most mind blowing hooping videos the world has ever seen were spun up along the way. Having watched all of our previous finalists grow in such amazing ways over the course of the competition, let’s revisit some of the greatest hits of Hooping Idol past, noting that in most cases these gems came late in a season. With the most kickass ultimate prize package annually, and this year promises to be no exception, and a panel of judges that are ready to help take all of our competitors to a whole new level and beyond, here are Hooping Idol’s 15 greatest hits.

15 (tie). When we decided to spin up Country Week, little did we know that everybody would rise to the occasion so brilliantly. People even rode in on horses and were hooping on moving tractors (Hello Laurie). Meanwhile, Kim Cuppett and Mari “Merrily Spins” Cunningham both took it even a notch higher with lasso hoops that nailed their target, rake hooping, country line dancing and chicken fried. Kim lives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, and Merrily lives in Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA.

14. There were so many wonderful hoop stories that were spun during Fairy Tales Week of season two, but Jozette Gordon’s take on Beauty and the Beast with an angry torch carrying village out to stop the madness remains indelibly etched into our Hooping Idol memory. She lives in Worth Center, New York, USA.

13. When Harlow went home early during our second season of Hooping Idol, everyone was shocked, including us. We’d all been so captivated by her videos each week and her Slowjams Week submission found her spinning up serious hoop dance drama on the beach in an earthquake ravaged Christchurch. She lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

12. Lila Chupa-Hoops dazzled us throughout our second season and spun it up all the way to the finale, and her spin on Slowjams Week was the moment that hit the nail on the head. She did it so softly and beautifully too that people are still talking about it. Sweet, intimate and completely personable, this little tale of rooftop romance was Hooping Idol gold. She lives in Paris, France.

11. One of the funnest moments of Idol came during our very first season with Kay Dent who transformed herself from groovy hooper chick into the hooping superhero Hoopergirl. Knocking out villains with style and ease (and hoops, of course,), this one remains one of Idol’s most memorable. She’s currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.

10. Ashley Long’s Hooping Idol story was one of those that captivated all of us as she took her critiques each week and just kept getting better and better throughout the competition. In fact, she took it all the way to the finale and did so in part thanks to a Tribal Week submission for season three that gave many of us goosebumps.

9. Chad Forsberg may not have spun up the most creative submissions during his Idol run, but his mad hoop skills kept him in the competition from start to finish and catapulted him into being a hooping household name with Hoopie Award nominations. His Finale Week submission from season two with his hoop dance in the rain was his absolute best.

8. Aidan Jeavons delivered a whole series of excellent videos during his run on season two of Hooping Idol and though he didn’t make it to the finale, he did score himself the Hoopie Award for Youth Hooper of the Year as a result. How could he not have? The hooping world couldn’t help but root for him. Here he is spinning up something adorable for Slowjams Week. He lives in Brighton, England, UK.

7. Rebecca Morning-Phipps brought something truly unique for her Persona Week submission of season one and battled herself in a dual role that left everybody wanting more. A battle between the inner forces of light and dark took place and it ended up winning her a Hoopie Award nomination. She lives in Florence, South Carolina, USA.

6. Sam Resnicow spun his way to the finale of our first season of Idol with solid moves and personality that came together most effectively during Persona Week. Even though our hoop genie was under the spell of someone special, this was when we all really fell in love with him. He currently lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

5. Hooping Idol Hannah Flett surprised everyone in season two and went from an underdog early on, all the way to the finish line. One of the reasons for that included her fun and most impressive finale during season two that cinched her the Hooping Idol crown and a Hoopie Award nomination along with it. She lives in Exeter, England, UK.

4. Hooping Idol Maryève Gaudreau blew all of us out of the water when Tribal Week arrived during season three, submitting one of the most creative Idol visions ever we’ve watched countless times. It spirals into something truly other worldly with such attention to detail that repeated viewings reveal even more, rightfully earning her a Hoopie Award nomination and putting her at the front of the competition. She lives in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

3. Cheko Cabrera won the hearts of everyone early on in season three of Hooping Idol and spun up so many great videos a few of them could have made this list. Many thought the finalist was certain to win it with videos like his Country Week submission sealing the deal. Every moment in this is perfection and it’s no wonder it earned him a Hoopie Award nomination too. He lives in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

2. Anossens blew everyone away with what amounts to the most technologically advanced hooping video we’d ever seen before Idol or since. It all happened during Future Week of our very first season of Idol and with this game changer she hooped her way into virtual reality, a Hoopie Award nomination, and found herself a legion of world wide fans in the process. She lives in Strasbourg, France.

1. Although his PIMP finale sealed the deal for him becoming our first Hooping Idol, our most memorable Idol video to date from any season came during Persona Week on season one. Nick Broyd not only took on the role of James Bond to Live and Let Hoop, but played his evil nemesis as well, spinning up a hilarious hoop battle that was nominated for a Hoopie Award too. He lives in Bristol, England, UK.

There were so many more amazing contestants and captivating moments that we couldn’t even begin to name them all. In fact, 63 hoopers have made their way through Idol during our first three seasons and soon we’ll be announcing a whole new platoon of brand new contestants for our fourth season in our quest to find the next great hooper star. So if you’re thinking about throwing your hoop in the ring, we say go for it. What have you got to lose? You have until late Sunday night to turn in your Casting Week submission. If this didn’t give you enough of a taste to whet your appetite you can always watch our first three seasons and thanks for joining us for this incredible Hooping Idol trip down memory lane.


Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Hoopera Fest 2013

Hoopera Fest 2013 We’re taking you to Paris for a quick look at what was hoopening at Hoopera Fest 2013. In celebration of Hoopera‘s second year, hoopers gathered at Studio Le Regard du Cygne and we highly recommend giving this fun video your attention if not only to see the foot to foot toss by Valentino Bogino. There’s lots of wonderful things to see from everyone else too including a group performance by the beginners class, as well as performances by Anossens aka Emilie Durand, Lila Chupa-Hoops, Shamay and Lou Cat, Velvet Hoopnroll, Marie Lou, Corail Firenza and Charlotte Nouziès. The soundtrack for this is “La Foule” by Cassita.

Hoopera Spins Fitness on French TV

Hoopera on France 2 Bonjour Hoopers! We are on our way to Paris so we can watch TV! We’re tuning into the daily show on France 2 where the hula hoop is about to take center stage. Talking all about the return of the hoop as a fitness tool, eventually these television journalists have to get out of the studio and step inside of a hoop for themselves and they end up attending their first hoop dance class as a result. Where do we find them spinning things up? In a beginners class with Anossens and Lila Chupa-Hoops of Hoopera, of course. Lila told Hooping.org, “They came to film in one of our beginner classes and Anossens taught everyone the basic steps on how to start hooping. Then I joined everyone in the studio yesterday morning to give the journalists a try at hooping live.” How did everybody do? Why not see for yourself in this super cool French television segment below.

Top Ten List: March 10-16, 2013

Weekend Wrapup Hey Hoopers! Every Sunday we countdown our top ten most buzz worthy posts of the past week so you don’t miss out on anything. Our top ten list is entirely based on reader response, so what did readers think was the hottest stuff in the hoopersphere this week? We’re starting things off at number ten and we’ll be working our way up to the number one spot of the week. Here’s our Top Ten List for March 10th – 16th, 2013.

10: We kick things off with our top rated photo of the week. It’s Yoga Hooping with Brenda (91 Points).

9: Next up Lara shared her ideas for spinning up hoop fun for kids of all ages: Spring Break Hula Hoop Games (112 Points).

8: Spring also was responsible for a very popular video from France – Anossens: The Arrival of Spring (113 Points).

7: Anyone can make a hooping video, but Natalia in Mexico took hers to new heights: Natalia Oliveros Acuña at the Volcano (123 Points).

6: Abby shared her Adventures in Hoop Making (124 Points).

5: Seattle hoopers didn’t need the luck of the Irish to spin up a winner – A Hoopy Saint Patrick’s Day Hoop Dance (130 Points).

4: Shea shared her hooping breakthrough: Finding My Ohm Inside The Hoop (166 Points).

3: Our top rated video this week was one that left us all spellbound – Paola Berton: Dreaming Colors (202 Points).

2: Philo reminded us how smart kids can be and helped spin the clock backwards on our thinking: Hoop Like a Child (239 Points).

1: And at number one this week was Bonnie asked the magical question – Are You a Hooping Super Hero? (273 Points).

That’s our Top Ten List for this week, so if you see something you appreciate remember that it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment and share the hoop love! Yay! And every “Like” or tweet or comment, etc, is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten, so until next time hoopers you can always follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr and our community forums are open. Happy hooping everybody!

Amazing Hoop Race France: The Results

Bonjour! The Amazing Hoop Racers are currently in Paris, France, our latest stop in a virtual hula hoop race around the world! We’d like to thank all of our Parisian hosts, especially Anossens at Hoopera.com for not only being our special guest judge this week, but for supporting our teams with their performances last night. Special guest judge and hooper JoHanna Moresco of the legendary Darkwave band The Crüxshadows was at the club last night as well to meet the teams and witness the gothic Parisian Halloween festivities first hand. She told Hooping.org, “It was amazing! They all did an incredible job and the crowd loved them!” We caught her for a quick moment at the club just before she had to leave to catch her flight.

During their stay in Paris, our teams encountered their first Roadblock on the race which presented a task that only one member could perform. That task? To hoop in the Catacombs beneath the city. Hooping.org would like to thank Fred Charvet of the BHV for all of his assistance with our underground hoop adventure. After that our teams made gothic hooping videos in Paris that were scored for 1) Hooping and Partner Integration, 2) Gothic Persona 3) Parisian Flavor, and 4) Overall Video Presentation. Scores (0 to 10) were assigned for each of these four areas by both of our judges. Our judges scores were then combined and then divided to obtain our judge’s average point value. These Vista Points (40% of each team’s total) were then combined with our earlier Travel Point and Pit Stop Point totals (30% of each team’s total), along with the final 30% score which came directly from you, our viewing audience.

Team Georgia had to leave the race after Mary Ellen learned of a dire situation that demanded her full attention. They will be missed. While three teams were to be eliminated today, Team Georgia’s departure means only two teams will be joining them on the sidelines this week. And now, having received the scores direct from our judges in Paris, we will now find out which team came in first this week on The Amazing Hoop Race, and which teams have been eliminated.