|Pictured: the Drama|
Welp. Here I was thinking I was the only one with mixed feelings about Hooping.Org's Hooping Idol...haha...not so much. You can see some thoughts people are having here and throughout the Hooping Idol pages on hooping.org. I wrote a post about how I felt about Hooping Idol sometime ago and decided not to post it because:
1) It is SO easy to criticize without offering solutions
2) It was the first time the hoop community had tried something like this - beta testing people. I mean, hooping.org is a big website with a small staff - it's amazing that they can bring us all that they do! It can't be perfect for everyone all the time.
3) I know some people in the competition and was impressed and supportive of their work - even if not always of the contest itself.
|What I thought when Hooping Idol |
That being said, here is what I originally thought when it was announced:
We are modeling something off of American Idol? That brain candy, exploitive show that thrives on embarrassing people in front of millions? Why? What about 'hooping is not a competition? huh? What about THAT!?"
But, even I thought I was overreacting so I chose to say nothing and just let this unfold. I mean, this was hooping, not prime time TV - this will be a place of support and encouragement, right? And guess what? It mostly was.
I think that the biggest beef people had about this years competition was that it didn't seem 'fair' because people with better camera, production and editing skills -not better hooping skills- usually were promoted to the next phase. Also, the judges came off as a bit harsh at times, and people with a larger hoop following could rack up more votes without more skill.
But - let's think about this. How would you have made it different? What would you have said as a judge? Judges aren't there to say "WOO HOO AWESOMESAUCE" every time, right? I think one of the biggest issues was that there is almost never any negativity or criticism in the hoop world prior to this- so it was quite the departure. However, the judges were being honest and offered a LOT of true words and great advice.
Still as the competition goes on there are still a few changes I would make:
1) Give people more time! 2 weeks at least! it is ridiculously hard to get something with a theme, good dancing, editing, etc. done in 1 week. phew!
2) Make the parameters more clear. Will videos be judged on editing? hoop skill? How much of each counts in the end - let folks know in the beginning so it's not a surprise.
3) Judges OR popular vote. I may be alone on this one, but I would have loved it if only the judges counted. They had strong opinions - let's do something with them!
Overall - it's Hooping Idol, people. Say it aloud. Realize that it's a competition about people hula hooping - not the end of the world. And hey, It certainly is making things interesting. So, those are my two cents - what are yours? What did you like? What would you change?