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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.

UVM Hoop Troop Seniors Perform

UVM Hoop Troop Seniors The senior class members of the UVM Hoop Troop at the University of Vermont perform in the Fall 2012 Orchesis Showcase and it’s not something to be missed. The UVM Hoop Dancing Club, which was started six years ago by Mona Shpongledhoops when she was a student at UVM, has spawned some truly amazing hoopers including Sam Resnicow. He performs here along with fellow seniors Alexa Algios, Nicole Peruso and Rose Vallesio and all we can say is “Wow!” Their performance soundtrack is “Hoola Hoop” by will.i.am featuring Nicole Scherzinger and they’re all currently living in Burlington, Vermont, USA. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.

Hooping Idol 2: Performance Week

Hooping Idol Performance Week Welcome to Hooping Idol 2, Hooping.org’s revolutionary contest that is leading us all on an ever spinning journey in our search for the planet’s next big hooper star! For those of you just tuning in we started off by introducing our 20 selected finalists for Season Two. Then we all put on the polyester for Hooping Idol Disco Week. We said our Disco Farewells to 4 and announced Circus Week, then the 16 remaining finalists spun it up under the Big Top for Hooping Idol Circus Week. 6 were eliminated and we introduced Slow Jams Week. Our Top Ten spun up some soft rock and slow jams for Slow Jams Week, but 3 more were eliminated and the Performance Week details were announced.

Our Performance Week challenge was as follows: perform in front of real live human beings, not just in front of a video camera. Over the course of Hooping Idol our judges have been helping each of our finalists fine tune their hooping and performance skills and the time has arrived to put them to the test. The first part of the challenge this week was for each our of finalists to find an audience or bring one together. They could assemble their own or perform at a community event or gathering, just as long as there was a minimum of ten people on hand to enjoy the show. And this week we wanted to see an unedited video of their performance, posted with the camera view perspective of an audience member so that what takes place in the video can be seen by all of us just as if we were there with everyone else witnessing it first hand.

Performing can be more complicated than people think and to help facilitate that reality, we also gave our finalists some additional directives. It’s not at all uncommon to have to wear something specific for a performance. Sometimes the directive comes from ourselves, like wanting an outfit that works with that Middle Eastern song you are going to use. Other times it comes from the party that hired you wanting you to work a theme, or the colors of a party or wedding, or perhaps the promoter who put the show together wants all the performers in something to unify all of the pieces – like clothing, for example. Given that performers don’t always have control over what they’re going to wear we told our finalists to pretend they were performing at a benefit for a non-profit promoting green living who wanted all performers to wear green in solidarity. Their performance outfit didn’t need to be monochromatic – just as long as they were wearing something green.

Performers often, as well, do not have control over their music. Hoopers are often hired because event planners want that certain something extra to happen to take that music performance to the next level. Hoop dancers and performers often need to get in synch with whatever that music is and make it work. While we might prefer performances where we supply our own soundtrack and someone hits play and we can just do our own thing, the reality of performing doesn’t always work that way. Just ask Hoopsie Daisy, Hooping.org’s Assistant Editor who has performed with practically every big name DJ on the planet. Whatever is spinning when it’s time for you to go on stage has got to be your hooping inspiration and to facilitate that experience our finalists were given a performance soundtrack that all seven of them were to perform to this week. What song was it? Well keep reading and find out.

Hooping Idol 2 Welcomes Sam Resnicow

Sam Resnicow

Sam Resnicow

[Our Hooper of the Week is Sam Resnicow and he’s also a special guest judge this week on Hooping Idol.]

by Philo Hagen

Last year Sam Resnicow spun his way into the hearts and minds of hoopers everywhere on our first season of Hooping Idol, capturing the top spot in the public vote for more weeks of the contest than anybody else. Now Sam is returning to Hooping Idol, only this time around he’s one of our judges because nobody understands what it is like to be in Hooping Idol better than someone who has been there before. While we all have to wait until tomorrow to see what he has to say to the top seven finalists during Performance Week on Hooping Idol, we’ve been curious to find out what he’s been up to, what’s coming for Sam in the future and how the whole Idol experience is sitting with him a year later. Find out for yourself when we interview our Hooper of the Week – Sam Resnicow.

Hooping Idol 2 Welcomes Rebecca Phipps

Rebecca Phipps

Rebecca Phipps

[Philo interviews our Hooper of the Week, Hooping Idol 2 Guest Judge – Rebecca Phipps.]

by Philo Hagen

At this time last year, Rebecca Phipps found herself whirling in the wonder that is Hooping Idol, having thrown her hoop into the ring not even knowing exactly what she was in for. Several weeks later she found herself in the final three with a legion of fans and now, a year later, Rebecca returns to Hooping Idol – only this time she’s taking a special guest seat on the other side of the table – with the judges. How is she finding the experience? “The critiques are hard! I have a new found respect for the judges of last season,” she noted, adding, “These hoopers are all so amazing in their own ways.” And while Rebecca has been busy figuring out what she wants to say to Idol 2’s Top Ten Finalists, the real questions on our mind are how her Idol experience is sitting with her a year later, what the past year has been like and just what she’s been up to. This week we are excited to be turning the spotlight back on Rebecca Phipps as we interview our Hooper of the Week.

UVM Hoop Dancing Club Spins It Up

the team What’s the featured club of the week at the University of Vermont? The UVM Hoop Dancing Club, of course. “The club was started five years ago by a student, Mona Qa,” coach Sam Resnicow told The Cynic. Practices for the club team last 90 minutes and the fusion between dancing and hula hooping “creates a unique dynamic that is rarely seen in dance performances. With distinct precision, hoop dancers become alive as they twirl and move almost as a single entity with their hoop. This unique precision creates a vivid performance, one Resnicow himself is well-known for. “There is a competition called Hooping Idol. It is international and completely online, based on weekly video submissions that are themed,” he told the paper. “I participated in that competition last year and placed second in the world.” Why should students join the club? “We’re an incredibly nice group who like to jam out with hoops and incorporate new tricks that are much more than just spinning a hoop around your waist. Knee-hooping, elbow-hooping, head-hooping, multi-hooping, we do it all.” While the UVM hoop team does not participate in any formal performances, the Burlington, Vermont, hoop troop does participate in after-school programs with King Street Youth Program, performs in the Orchesis Showcase and participates with the Catamount Dance Crew.

Sam Resnicow: San Diego Sunset

Sam Resnicow returns in his first video since Hooping Idol. He’s a truly amazing hooping talent, spinning it up here on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar, California. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, USA. Soundtrack: A remix of “Old Man” by Neil Young. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.

Hooping Idol Reunion Wrap-up: Part 1

Hooping Idol Hooping Idol didn’t start off being an Idol style competition. The idea began germinating last Fall at a LA Hoopers gathering watching someone who comes to our events throw it down. He’s truly dazzling. Sometimes I just have to sit and watch him – and yet the community doesn’t know who him at all. And are there others out there like him? They’re rarely online, their video factor is low to nil, but the locals somewhere will attest to the fact that they can literally spin circles with the best of them. The idea for some sort of contest that could bring lesser knowns into the greater fold began percolating, only as it brewed the Idol parallels grew too strong to ignore, not to mention that simply calling it Hooping Idol instantly gave people in many countries around the world a pretty good idea of just what was to come. Hooping Idol was born and whatever it would ultimately turn out to be, this would be a grand experiment the likes of which the hoopersphere had never seen before.


Who would be entered? Our initial casting call soon left us deluged with video submissions from hoopers from all over the world. While it was incredibly exciting, how could we possibly narrow it down to 20 finalists? The first thing we went with was to see who followed the instructions. Given a short list of things to have or include, did they meet the spirit of these requests? Beyond that it really became like casting an actual television show. And honestly, if it had strictly been a matter of signing on the most talented and experienced people some of our finalists would have been different. Casting became complex in realizing that Idol really needed to bring together a group of individuals that were more or less at a similar level. Several received notices that they were too advanced for Hooping Idol, two of whom were reeled in as special guest judges – KJ and Laura Scarborough.

In an attempt to be as inclusive as possible as well, we considered the importance of having representation from as many different places as possible, just as we placed importance in bringing together an interesting mix of people with different personal stories, ages and lifestyles in an attempt to better represent the hoop community as a whole. While we truly wish we could have cast everyone, we felt really good about our 21 finalists, raised from 20 because we simply couldn’t figure out one more cut to make. The problem? Bristol, England, home to more Idol entrants than anywhere else. While we ultimately cast two, there were several more that would have been fun to have had on board.

Sam Resnicow, Air Hooping and Alaska

UVM Hoop Dancers • On this edition of the Quickies we start things off with Hooping Idol’s Sam Resnicow, shown here performing with the University of Vermont Hoop Dancers: UVM Hoop Dancers

• An official “Know It All” informed readers this week that the hula hoop originated in Austria. Uhm, wrong! San Mateo Daily Journal Know It All

• Want a sure fire way to get all of your hoop moves super smooth and flawless every time? Lila has it figured out: Lila and the Invisible Hoop (Air Hooping)

• Here’s another news article about hoop weaving, which we are sharing simply because the last one was quite popular: Hoopla Over Weaving

• And then finally, it’s the first regional Burning Man event held in Alaska – and yes a hooper did turn up to spin it up: Alaska Burningman Regional: The Video