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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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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!
When it comes to hula hooping, 11-year-old Caden Derick says he’s just okay. “I practice sometimes,” he says. “But usually my dog eats up my hula hoops.” Caden’s dog would’ve been in hoop heaven at Harborview Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska. Students there got to make their own hula hoops out of PVC pipe and other materials, all in preparation for the big event – the Harborview Hoopoff for World Hoop Day. Caden told KTOO, “I don’t know why they have a Hoop Day. But it’s cool that they do.”
How did Harborview Elementary become a WHD hot spot for 2013? Gym Teacher Zach Stenson said that one of his friends had taken part in past World Hoop Days. “She gave me the idea a couple years ago, and said ‘Oh, what a neat thing if you could have all the kids do something at the same time that kids all over the world are doing…'” So when Harborview teachers started a Humanities program this year, Stenson says they decided to make the hula hoop project their kickoff activity. “Bringing our school a little bit more together,” Stenson says. “Helping the kids make friends, that sort of thing.”
One lesson Stenson hopes the kids took home from it all is that they don’t always have to buy their toys. With the right materials, they can make them at home. Teachers and parents used hair dryers to heat up roughly 10-foot sections of plastic pipe that the kids would bend into a circular shape. Ten-year-old Kiana Potter made the project’s first hula hoop. “When Mr. Stenson first started talking about it, he asked me to make an example hoop,” she explained. “So, I could show the other kids what it was going to be.” Kiana’s not sure why she was chosen to make the example hoop, but says maybe it’s because she has a lot of hula hooping experience.
Local businesses donated money or materials, and many parents volunteered to help with the project. Harborview PTA President Bruce Franklin says the kids at first have no idea how plastic pipe will turn into a hula hoop, but that changes once they see it start taking shape. “Then they can’t keep their hands off it, and everybody wants to hula hoop,” Franklin said, “So, it’s kind of a rapid particle accelerator machine of excitement, because they just get super psyched up. And then, you know, we have to kind of keep them from hula hooping each other to death out here.”
All of this culminated in what turned out to be the Harboview Elementary Hoop Off. At 1:30 p.m. 350 students poured into Marie Drake Gymnasium, each one carrying a hula hoop they made themselves, and prepared to engage in a hoop-off of epic proportions. When everyone was assembled by grade level, Stenson moved to the front of the pack. At his call of “One, two, three!” all 350 students rose and raised their hoops in unison. That feeling of togetherness was exactly what Stenson wanted to create when he first had the idea at the beginning of the school year.
Stenson has been teaching hoop techniques in class, too, and will continue to do so for two more weeks. At the end of two weeks, the kids will take their masterpieces home. Cori Stennett, who organizes hoop jams in Juneau, was at the hoop off too. She told the Juneau Empire that the hoops are “so fun, it’s such good exercise, and I love looking around at the energy of these kids.” One day Stennett called her and said, “Cori, how would you go about making 400 hula hoops?” and he got to find out. She said she provided guidance, but it was truly a community effort to see the Harborview hoop project through. The end result was wonderful, she said. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it? I love it.”
“Have hoops, will travel” is pretty much every hoopers motto, but some of us get to hoop in places where not everyone hoops. Anny Barlow of Anny Barlow Images gives us a video quite unlike any we’ve seen before, spinning things up in locations that are rarely seen in hooping videos, like hooping in front of the pyramids, for example, or the Great Sphinx of Giza, and sharing the hoop love with locals on exotic sun drenched beaches. Anny says “Traveling for the first time through parts of the Middle East is certainly an experience not to be forgotten. At the time of travel Syria had just gone into civil strife and meeting refugees was common practice everywhere, even on the beaches of El Gouna, Egypt. It’s amazing how a hula hoop and some smiles can bring people together everywhere, despite the cultural differences and socio-economic borders! Through Egypt and Qatar, my hula-hoop broke down barriers built by fear, and opened opportunities for cultural interactions filled with smiles, warmth, and new friendships!”
It’s time to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards, although we wish to be clear that all of our nominees are winners this year. We love them all! The call for preliminary nominations for the awards went up at the start of the year. Those results were then compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service for our Finalist Review Panel. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of the preliminary submissions and voted for their top five selections in each awards category. Those votes were then compiled, resulting in our list of 2013 official Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Saturday, and now it’s time to reveal our winners.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year from start to finish, giving an extra special thank you again to those who served on the Finalists Review Panel this year. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees one more time, and give a great big kudos to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating your computerized vote counts again this year given that those associated with Hooping.org received nominations.
And now, with thousands of votes cast, and a record breaking Hoopie Awards, are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards celebration? So are we! So without any further ado, we proudly present your 2013 Hoopie Award Winners:
Welcome to the 2013 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 6th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner – each and every one of you! YAY!
This year the official nominations process opened on Monday, January 6th and closed on Friday, January 11th. We compiled a list of all of the preliminary nominees and presented them to our 2013 Hoopie Awards Panelists for consideration. Our panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service via their nomination ballot. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for their top five selections in each of our award categories. Those votes were then compiled and now we present your 2013 Hoopie Award finalists! But before we vote, it’s time to take a quick look at our rules, categories and nominees for this year, so if you’re ready to roll let’s get started!
Bing.com’s first “Bing It On Challenge” event was recently held at The Grove mall in Los Angeles, California. Extra host Maria Menounos and Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars are both used to competing on television and they both brought that spirit of competition with them, challenging locals to see if they preferred Bing over Google. Beyond that, there were other challenges including dance-offs, arm wrestling matches, pies to the face and hula hoop battles. The former “Dancing with the Stars” partners even ended up challenging each other, and while their dance battle ended up in a draw, when Hough dared Menounos to hula hoop she managed to spin it up beautifully. And when Derek Hough found himself inside a hoop battle contest of his own, against local resident Kathryn Campbell, he ultimately ended up losing out, not that he didn’t keep it up for a good, long while. Watch Derek and Kathyrn’s hula hoop battle video below:
The Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington, Vermont, kicked off the last weekend of its largest fundraiser, the Big Change Roundup for Kids, with a hula hooping contest. Fletcher Allen Health Care staff, patients and community members competed to see who could keep their hula hoop going the longest while doing dance steps and the winner was 17-year-old Grace Emery of Milton, Vermont, a cancer patient at the hospital. Congratulations Grace! The Big Change Roundup is an annual change collection campaign now in its seventh year to raise funds for Vermont Children’s Hospital programs and services at Fletcher Allen Health Care. The campaign ends today and there’s still time to make a donation. They’ve raised $212,000 of their $220,000 goal.
On February 15th we announced our Hoopcamp 2012 Movin’ and Groovin’ Video Contest and shortly thereafter the submissions came rolling in. Hoopcamp, after all, is the largest gathering of hoop dancers world-wide and recently received our very first Hoopie Award for Hoop Event of the Year. The opening of registration for 2012 brought with it the opportunity for one lucky hooper to spin their way to the big event – on us! With the theme this year being “Movin’ and Groovin'”, we told you to “put your hoop on your body and move and groove your hoop dance from your neck to your toes. Get your inner and outer hoop dance on like nobody is watching. Express the way the music moves you in creatively staging a new hoop dance video to your favorite song.” We reminded you to keep Hooping.org’s Ten Easy Hooping Video Tips in mind, to shoot for four minutes or less, and we’d be awarding one first place prize of a free camping package registration pass to Hoopcamp 2012. Two runner-up prize winners would receive an official 2012-2013 (Sept-Sept) Hoopcamp Calendar, currently in production and available in early Spring. So which of our video submissions spun their way above the rest?
Hoopcamp and Hooping.org would like to thank everyone for participating in our contest and we want you to know that each and every one of you are all winners in our book. In fact it was incredibly difficult for our judges panel to reach a decision. There were so many submissions we wanted to award a prize to. In the end, however, after a great deal of deliberation, we were finally able to reach a concensus. Hoopcamp will be held this year from Wednesday, September 26th, until Sunday, September 30th, in the majestic redwoods of Northern California and we hope to see you there. And now, without any further ado, here are our Hoopcamp 2012 Movin’ and Groovin’ Video Contest winners.
On behalf of everyone on our judge’s panel we want to applaud each and every one of you and thank you for your enthusiasm and for participating in our contest this year. We truly hope to see all of you at Hoopcamp 2012, so watch your inbox for news of a special offer.