Welcome to Hooping Idol, Hooping.org’s epic new contest that will be leading us all on an ever spinning journey in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star! Before we introduce our finalist contestants, we send out the most major heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted Hooping Idol Casting Week video entries. You all certainly made the process an incredibly difficult decision as you’re all so freakin talented and wonderful that you’re all already Hooping Idols in our book. We have nothing but love for each and everyone of you. We asked you to make a video and tell us about yourself, show us where you live and share your hoop story. We told you what to title it and we gave you a deadline for having it posted on YouTube. With many reporting YouTube upload delays due to YouTube system slowness as a reason for not making the deadline, it was decided to extend that deadline by two hours and two hours only. Finalists need to not count on deadline extensions in the future. Be proactive, post early.
Casting Week entries that followed the directions were given a gold star. All gold star submissions were then seriously evaluated, but when you have only a certain number of contestant spots and 65 individuals wanting their hoop inside the circle, well, it really couldn’t have been any more challenging. We most sincerely wish we could cast each and every one who made themselves available for Hooping Idol, but after much deliberation and voting we managed to narrow it down to these 21 rising stars, less than a third of those who entered. So with that, and without further ado, we present your Hooping Idol 2011 Finalists: