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Courtney Fagras: The Hooping Idol Interview!

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Last night, in a suspense filled Hooping Idol 5 Season Finale Results Show, we revealed the winner of our fifth exciting season of Hooping Idol. If you haven’t already watched it, please do. It’s quite the reminder of just how exciting this season was! Two months ago, while watching 60 auditions, I clicked play and saw the smiling face of Courtney Fagras from Bellingham, Washington, USA. I vaguely remembered seeing an audition from her last year, but other than that she’d previously been totally off my radar. Given that she was giving it a second shot this year, I thought we should go ahead and include her in the mix. Little did I know, however, she was going to be the one to really capture our hearts and spin her way to win it all.

Consistently doing well with the judges from week to week, Courtney’s response from viewers took a big jump during Pop Music Week and kept right on climbing from there. But who is Courtney Fagras, our new Hooping Idol? Let’s find out! Join us for a very special Hooper of the Week Interview with our new Hooping Idol – Courtney Fagras.

Hooping Idol 5: Performance Week Results Show

Performance Week 5 copy The results of Hooping Idol 5’s Performance Week are here. Hooping.org congratulates all three contenders that are moving on to our season finale next week and we whole heartedly celebrate those who are departing the competition here. Who will be leaving us following Performance Week and who will be moving forward to spin it up for a shot at the title and our Ultimate Hooping Idol 5 Prize Package? It’s time to find out. Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen hosts our Hooping Idol 5 Performance Week Results Show.

You’re all invited to share the love with the two that are heading home this week. It has been a total blast having both of them be a part of the competition this season and we wish them both nothing but the absolute best there is in all their hoopenings to come. So without any further ado, here’s Philo!

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.

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.

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!

Hooping Idol 5: It’s Disney Week!

disneyweek It’s Week 2 of our 5th exciting season of Hooping Idol and the competition is already heating up in our search for the next big hooper star – and we’re going to tell you all about the Hooping Idol Ultimate Prize Package for the first time today too! Welcome everybody to Disney 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, leaving us with 15 contenders to put their own personal spin on Disney.

Our final 15 have all been schooled on the Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video, were told to have fun with their Disney challenge, and were reminded to make it count – because at the end of Disney Week, five 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 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.

What will our new Hooping Idol score for themselves this year? 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 good 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, and 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 Disney Week on Hooping Idol 5 and we proudly present our 15 finalists in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

Hooping Idol 4: The Finale Results Show!

Hooping Idol 3: Finale Results Show In our Hooping Idol 4 Finale Results Show, Hooping.org salutes all three of our outstanding finalists who made it to the end because they all rock! What an amazing Hooping Idol 4 Season Finale it was and they’re all winners in our book, and even though only one will be spinning away with our Hooping Idol 4 Ultimate Prize Package, our biggest prize package ever, we invite and encourage everyone to share the love with all three of our finalists today, regardless of the outcome. We love them all and we hope you do too.

Who will be our new Hooping Idol? Will it be Sheri Alice O’Brian of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA? Will it be Lisa Ellipse of London, England, UK. Will it be Esmeralda Garcia of Hermosillo, Sonora, México? We’re all about to find out.

We started off seven weeks ago when we met our 21 contenders who all spun up something amazing for Hip Hop Week and six were eliminated. Then our remaining 15 rocked it out for Classic Rock Week and five more were sent home, bringing us to our top ten. They all spun things up with jet set style for High Society Week and even though three were to be eliminated, only two were sent home as the result of a tie. Then came Musicals Week for the remaining eight and three were eliminated, leaving us with five fantastic finalists for Performance Week. Two more made their exits, which brought us to our season finale with our final three!

Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen hosts our Hooping Idol 4 Finale Results Show, spinning up love for all three of our contenders. And now, our search for the next great hooper star is complete!

Thank you once again to all of our contestants this season. We love you all. Thank you to everyone who auditioned, all of our illustrious judges and special guests, all of our amazingly generous prize sponsors, and to each and everyone of you for being a part of the Hooping Idol experience. Thanks everybody and congratulations to our new Hooping Idol. Happy hooping everybody!

Hooping Idol 4: Our Season Finale!

Hooping Idol 3 Finale! Welcome to the season finale of Hooping Idol 4 and our sixth exciting week in our quest to find the planet’s next great hooper star. The stakes have truly never been higher and our remaining three finalists are all spinning up something awesome for you and your votes. So far this season we’ve seen our contenders hoop to hip hop, rock out with their hoops, get all fancy with ’em, spin up some musical theater, and serve up incredible performances. This week, however, is the moment in their journey they’ve all been hoping for and waiting for – the Hooping Idol 4 Grand Finale! Of the three you are about to see only one will be become our new Hooping Idol and hoop away with our Ultimate Hooping Idol 4 Prize Package, our biggest prize package yet!

For those who are just tuning in, here’s what has happened so far this season on Hooping Idol. We met our 21 contenders who all spun up something amazing for Hip Hop Week and six were eliminated. Then our remaining 15 rocked out for Classic Rock Week and five more were sent home, bringing us to our top ten. They spun things up with jet set style for High Society Week and though three were to be eliminated, only two were sent home as the result of a tie. Last week was Musicals Week and three were eliminated, leaving us five fantastic finalists for Performance Week. Two more made their departures, which brings us to the finale with our final three!

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Our five judges for season four all have the most excellent credentials and they are Sharna Rose of Sharna Rose Hoop Dance in Maidstone, England, UK, Stefan Pildes of GrooveHoops in New York City, Lisa Lottie of LisaLottie.com from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Ayumi Mitake of Hoop Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, and Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops from Conway, Arkansas, USA.

Nick Broyd Our special guest judge for our season finale is no stranger to everyone either. It’s none other than Nick Broyd of Nick Broyd Hoop of Bristol, England, UK, the winner of Hooping Idol 1! Nick knows exactly what it takes to win Hooping Idol, because he did it first! We’re psyched to have him back and to have someone on the panel who knows first hand what it is like to share his thoughts this week as well.

Speaking of Hooping Idol winners, what will our Idol score for themselves this year? Our Ultimate Hooping Idol Prize Package has never been bigger and it’s worth more than $3200! It includes a Hoop Revolution teacher training, a pass to the biggest hooping event of the year – Hoopcamp 2014, and a pass to the big event in Europe this year – Hoopurbia in Berlin. Our Idol will be getting their hands on the Atomic Evoke 4 from Astral Hoops, two months of free advertising from Hooping.org, a $200 gift certificate from HoopSupplies.com, the fire hoop of their choice from Synergy Flow Arts, gift certificates from the good folks at OceanChildOrganics and Hoopclothes.com, as well as the brand new DVD of The Hooping Life and a deck of 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.

There were no constraints or requirements for Finale Week, giving our finalists free reign to spin it up as they wished. After all, with a prize package like that on the line we didn’t want anything standing in their way. Are you ready? Here we go, one last time. We proudly present our final three contenders in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

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1. Sheri Alice O’Brian of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Your entry is very sweet and touching with a really lovely message and I feel that it will inspire a whole new generation of hoopers to our expanding flock. Some stunning scenery in your video and some new hoop moves as well. Sometimes the framing was a little off, but I enjoyed how you made the video feel real. It has been a total pleasure watching your videos and I still am in awe of how much you have mastered in such a short time. I cant wait to see what your hoop future will be. Score: 8.5.

Lisa: I loved watching your videos over the past several weeks Sheri. You are a fantastic hooper, but I think your real magic lies in your manipulation of 2 to 4 hoops. You really are insanely good at that and it’s definitely something to keep in mind if you ever do a strength and weakness assessment! I think you can go really really far into that stuff and I encourage you to keep your eyes open and learn from the best – even more classical variety manipulators! You can also learn a lot from jugglers, it doesn’t have to be hula hoops, but you can still learn tricks that you can translate into hooping! I liked your video this week, it was very sweet with the storyline. Remember you can move as much as you want to! I know for some tricks it is important to stand on the spot, but as soon as that hoop hits your waist or anywhere on your body you can move your frame all over the place, step those feet in some different directions, keep things interesting and find other ways to perform the same tricks so you can breathe new light into them! Great work as always, but at the same time, it was more of the same. Score: 8.

Stefan: AMAZING! Exceptional work. Your story of personal transformation and the journey of your hoop path….wow, that is what I look for in a video, a student, a hooper, a performer. Your skill is bar­ none, but the thing that made me cry was the way you nailed this sappy song. You my dear, I will not forget your name. This is a completely PERFECT video. Sheri, you are my Hooping Idol. Score: 10.

Ayumi: I was really surprised that you started to hoop only 13 months ago. It was incredible. I was very touched that you fully expressed the love and joy of hooping. You are very potent. You have already got great hooping skills, so I think if you try to introduce other body expression (dance, pantomime, and so on) to hooping, or express feeling with your body movement, not only with the face, you can go to the next step. Anyway your passion stimulated me. Thank you Sheri. Score: 9.

Katie: What a touching story you created for your final piece and one that speaks to all hoopers. I found myself grinning ear to ear watching your video being reminded of my own hoop journey. You had some great camera angles, a great smile, but what I think made this video wonderful to me is that the viewer can really see that you have found your passion. It’s very clear you have found your sunshine, your purpose, and it’s always inspiring to watch people do what they love. This video not only made me happy watching it, but makes me think you are destined to go on and inspire hoopers and other alike in life. I wish you all the luck in the competition and to get your luck off to a head start you get a 10 from me. Score: 10.

Nick: Well done on getting this far. I liked the concept of this video, and the use of that beginners hoop at the start. In my opinion the best stuff in the video is the really innovative use of tricks that in some cases might be unique. This really comes across in the multi-hoop sections. I’d like you to have stuck more to these individual ideas as it makes you stand out. No-one can own a hoop trick, but certain tricks can be identified with certain hoopers and I reckon going forward stick to the really creative stuff that YOU are coming up with. That said, everything throughout was executed with a high level of technical detail and you are great to watch. One last thing – I wasn’t sure about singing to the music, it felt slightly like a cheese fest. Still, that might just be this British cynic speaking. Good luck! Score: 8.

TOTAL FINALE WEEK SCORE: 53.5

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2. Lisa Ellipse of London, England, UK. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: Lisa, I really enjoyed letting my emotional side bask in your projection of zen whilst you spin in your element in such beautiful settings surrounded by colour and beauty. I loved seeing some new hoop aspects from you in this last entry also. It has been a pleasure watching all your videos and seeing your beautiful smile each week. This is definitely my favourite video of yours so far. Score: 9.

Lisa: What delicious tapes around your hoops Lisa. I know who all of us European hoopers have to thank for that!! I like that thing that you do where you isolate the larger and smaller hoop inside each other, there is sooooo many things you can do with mismatched hoops. You look really beautiful in your video this week, your hair is gorgeous and I love the forest settings! I want you to be careful with some of your lines here, it’s all well and good rocking out to your favorite music, but if you have an audience it’s definitely worth pointing your toes when you take a step and straightening your knee when you extend your leg. Also if you raise your chin a bit and focus your gaze upwards, you’ll automatically open your chest and your entire posture will have changed! Another tip for you, if you do a lot of spinning around, try and pick a point ahead of you with your eyes, turn your body and let your head be the last thing that turns, turn it quickly and IMMEDIATELY place it back at the exact starting position, this way you won’t get dizzy, you will always know where the front of the space (or your audience!) is and you will stay in the centre instead of wobbling off to the side! Nice work this week! Score: 7.5.

Stefan: Your skill is extraordinary. I really enjoy your style and your capabilities. However, there is no story in this video? No transformation? No beginning, middle, no end. I’m surprised considering how much I’ve loved your previous videos. However, I understand how there can be a certain amount of video making fatigue at this point. I will say your color work at this point is quite dreamy and saturated. You’ve done amazing work throughout this whole process and I think you are an amazing hooper. Score: 8.

Ayumi: Great flow. I really enjoyed your graceful moves. Especially the sustained spinning with mini hoops and twins, multiple hooping, and the Native American style hooping are very beautiful and inspiring. Above all, you looked full of glee, it touched me. I was grateful that I was made to realize the beauty of flow art once again. Your hooping skills are awesome, so I would love you to seek beauty of whole body moves more and find your unique move. Score: 9.

Katie: Congratulations for creating one of the most gorgeous hoop videos I’ve ever seen! This could be the official music video for this song as far as I’m concerned! Your outfits were perfect, your settings were beyond stunning, and your hooping was impeccable. I saw some moves from you I’ve never seen before, so you’re a smart girl to impress me with those in the final week. Plus, you included moments in which you really let go and hooped your heart out which really endeared this video to me. I honestly would prefer to watch a hooper who was a little sloppy, but obviously having the time of her life as opposed to a hooper who was polished, but disconnected. But with that said, you weren’t even sloppy! I just think this video was a perfect final entry. Score: 10.

Nick: Represent! So glad the sun came out for you! Actually I thought the music, location and style of hooping interacted perfectly. The editing is spot on as are the little touches like making the most out of different light and playing with delays and speeds that help this video stand out. I bet you felt a bit dizzy with all that spinning! I’m not usually a fan of sustained spinning, but your execution of it was really tight and seemed to have some nice individual slants on it. If anything, it was slightly repetitive, but the music held it together well. Nice use of multi-hooping and good to see a range of hoop sizes in use. I like that fact that you move fast, no faffing about – you just get on with it. However, be aware that going fast and hooping with control do not always go hand in hand and you could have done with slowing down a few of your movements. That said, brilliant video, reckon you’ve a good chance. Score: 9.

TOTAL FINALE WEEK SCORE: 52.5

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3. Esmeralda Garcia of Hermosillo, Sonora, México. If for some reason the video isn’t viewable where you live or on your device you can try watching it on Vimeo.

Sharna: I absolutely adored your entry this week Esmeralda. I enjoyed how you mixed up street level hooping and then smashed it with fire hooping on stilts. I know the stilt hooping was very impressive, but I felt like that section went on a little too long for my personal taste. However, like I said last week, you are a very engaging performer and it’s a pleasure to have witnessed you during this competition. You have such a very large skill set that is presented with fire and passion and it is this that I love most about you. Score: 8.5.

Lisa: One of the most magical things about you Esmeralda is your smile and how it is so obvious that when you are hula hooping, there is simply nothing else in the world that you should be doing at that very moment, and that indeed is where the magic happens! You get everyone involved, you don’t care who is watching you or not and for that I think you must be a huge inspiration to a lot of people around you. Best moment in your video this week: I LOVE the 3 boys mimicking your arm movements halfway through the video! You look beautiful and you are going all out by doing all sorts of new tricks that I haven’t seen you do before. This is why you are a great contestant: you push your own personal boundaries every single week and this is why you score high! A couple of things though: If you are going to do a trick like the arabesque rolls (3.45) you *need* to work on your flexibility first because your body is just not in the right position to execute this trick yet, more stretching! And I think the fire hoop on stilts is nice as an image for a while, but there is very very little you can do with those two props before you just end up repeating yourself, so a little less of that would have been better. Still though, you have pushed yourself hard this week and have surprised me with some great stuff yet again. Therefore I am scoring you an 8.5. Score: 8.5.

Stefan: I love your style, your zest, your presence, your performance style. The reveal of the stilts was a really nice moment. That song is one I use in my classes and you nailed it. I really got a good feeling for your environment and your surroundings in this video. I get what its like to be a hooper in your country and your world. Great job, you’ve been so inventive throughout this whole Hooping Idol process. Score: 9.

Ayumi: I felt that you used your imagination fully and enjoyed every challenge throughout all of the weeks. That was admirable. Needless to say, technique is important. But it is more important how you surpass technique. I got really excited with fire hooping on stilts. Like this, physical performances with the hoop can be thought of in various ways, and you have shown us that through all your submissions with pleasure. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and process of creation. Score: 10.

Katie: I loved the beginning of your video when you were showing yourself getting ready for a performance. That definitely reminds viewers that being a Hooping Idol isn’t just about being able to hoop well, but being a true performer. That includes putting the effort into your look, your style, your costume, and not just your technical skill. And my, my, Miss Esmeralda, you are certainly a true performer! Also, the fire hooping on stilts was mind boggling! The time of day you shot that footage was perfect: dark blue sky against orange fire = stunning! You have a lot to share with your community and a lot of people to inspire and this video proves it. Score: 10.

Nick: Congratulations on a job well done. You have a really energetic and entertaining video, although as I said to Sheri – I don’t know about the singing with the music. Most of us have been guilty of it at some time, but I really don’t think it adds to the hooping. The hooping itself was great, with my favourite section toward the end of the video from the ring rolling onwards. I felt that this was you at your most creative, although throughout there were times when you put an individual style to some well known tricks, which was exciting. This video has a good use of locations. I really liked seeing others in the video, particularly the lad walking around with that box, he looked very confused! One last slight criticism – although really skillful to do, I felt the section with the stilt/fire hooping was a little long given how far away this shot was from. It made me feel a little disconnected. All in all though a great video. Good luck to you! Score: 8.

TOTAL FINALE WEEK SCORE: 54

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There you have it, your Hooping Idol 4 finalists and their Finale Week submissions. Our judges have already submitted their scores that comprise 40% of our final vote and as you can see, there is literally only 1.5 points separating all of them, so the rest is truly up to you at home. 60% of our final vote comes from the public vote and this week whoever wins the public vote will clearly win Hooping Idol 4. And the time has come for you to cast your final ballot. Vote for the one amazing hooper you think deserves to be the winner of Hooping Idol, and please keep it to one vote per person as to not crash our server. Thanks!

Are you ready? Let’s vote!

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SORRY, VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR FINALE WEEK

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Your Hooping Idol 4 Finale Week ballots are being accepted until Wednesday, May 21st at 5:00pm PST so there is equal voting time around the world and the winner of Hooping Idol 3 will be announced later that night, so stay tuned! We hope you’ve enjoyed our fourth season of Hooping Idol as much as we’ve all enjoyed sharing it with you. Thank you to everyone who submitted auditions this year, to everyone who was a part of the competition, to those who’ve given of their time and talent as judges, to those who’ve so generously donated all of our incredible prizes, and an extra special thanks to you for tuning in and being a part of our search for the next great hooper star. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Stay tuned for our Hooping Idol Grand Finale Results Show where we will who our new Hooping Idol will be and happy hooping everybody!

Hooping Idol 4: Performance Week Results Show

perfromanceweek The results of Hooping Idol 4’s Performance Week are here. Hooping.org congratulates all of our contenders that are moving on to our grand finale next week and we whole heartedly celebrate those who are departing the competition here. Who will be leaving us following Performance Week and who will be moving forward to spin it up even more for a shot at the title and a chance at winning our Hooping Idol 4 Ultimate Prize Package? It’s time to find out. Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen is our host for another Hooping Idol 4 Results Show.

You’re all invited to share the love with the two that are heading home this week. It has been a total blast having them be a part of the competition this season and we wish them both nothing but the absolute best there is in all their hoopenings to come.

What is in store for the three remaining finalists that will be continuing on? Our final three have one last video to make and this one is entirely up to them. After all, if they are going for the title and a shot at winning the Hooping Idol 4 Ultimate Prize Package, they should be doing so at this point entirely on their own merit. There is no theme this week, nothing to guide or restrain. Our distinguished panel of judges will be keeping an eye out to see how they do and how well they apply all that they’ve learned on their Hooping Idol journey along the way.

Hooping Idol 4’s Finale Week will be bringing it all together for a very special event you won’t want to miss and with a race this tight, any of them could win it. The hooper that delivers the total package during this final stage in our search for the next great hooper star will become our new Hooping Idol and score themselves a prize package worth more than $3,200! Our finalists will have until Sunday, May 18th, at 11:59 PST to complete their Finale Week videos and they will not be available to the public until the finale itself. Until then, we couldn’t be more proud of all of our contestants and thanks for tuning in to the Hooping Idol Performance Week Results Show. Happy hooping everybody!