January 11, 2012 10:12 PM by Ryan Haidet
If you had to re-imagine the main characters from The Wizard of Oz, what would you do to change the icons? That was the premise of the main task on tonight’s premiere episode of SyFy’s second season of Face Off. After a very successful first season last year, SyFy brought the reality smash back with 14 new contestants in a battle for $100,000. The drama kicked off with the contestants in the middle of the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot right into the first challenge.
The first battle started immediately with each contestant tasked with making their own unique creature of any kind within two and a half hours. When the time was finished, Ve Neill and the winner of season one, Connor McCullagh, came out to judge the work. While some of the concepts were cool, there was one that definitely stood out as the worst. Brea’s makeup that was supposed to showcase a man being zipped out of his own skin looked absolutely terrible (see below).
The judges also thought Nix’s makeup was pretty crummy because nothing seemed to flow with it (below).
The best makeup job overall was awarded to Jerry for his pink elf (below). With his victory, Jerry also won immunity from the first elimination of the season. “I don’t mean to sound cocky or arrogant, but my goal is to win every single challenge.”
The next day, all 14 cast members were taken to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood where they learned of their next task: Re-imagining the main characters from The Wizard Of Oz. For this challenge, the contestants were split into two teams divided by gender to create their own versions of the Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion and Wicked Witch of the West.
When the challenge began, the women were on top of their game despite Athena’s poor work on the Lion’s paws. Over on the guy’s team, it was clear they were going to struggle as one unit because nobody was really pushing forward with a strong vision.
After some hiccups and disagreements along the way, both teams found themselves with a lot of work to complete on the third/final day of the challenge. This final day gave each team four hours to apply all of the makeup to their models with one hour to finish everything off.
Completed work from the men:
Completed work from the women:
When it came time for the judges to weigh in, they chose the women as the winners primarily because of their Wicked Witch and Scarecrow. In fact, the judges thought Brea was the best makeup artist for the entire project because of the way she shaped the Witch’s head (below).
Personally, I think this witch is just OK. I don’t really dig the gold skin or the phony chin prosthetic. But the judges clearly saw something I didn’t and gave the most praise to this work from Brea and Beki.
Because the men lost the first challenge, Jerry was the only person safe from elimination because he won immunity. When it came down to it, the judges were really disappointed in the Tinman created by Greg and Nix. I’d have to agree. If you look at the image below, you’ll understand why. It looks like something you’d see in a cheap haunted house during Halloween.
The biggest problems the judges had with this makeup were the poorly made chest piece and the hairy metallic arms. Since Greg was the person responsible for the chest piece, the judges decided to send him packing first. “I think my best work is still yet to come,” he said as he walked out.
Now we’re down to 13 contestants. I must say, this episode started out a little crazy. I think it’s too complicated to follow 14 competitors in a makeup competition involving so many different elements. It would have been much easier to get to know the contestants and their work if the show would have started with 10 players.
The player I think could win the entire competition is Beki. She received a very positive edit and had plenty of airtime. I’m very excited to see all she has to bring to the monstrous table in the weeks to come.
What did you think of the premiere episode of Face Off? Was it too confusing with 14 players or were you OK with that? Who is your favorite so far? Do you think Greg deserved to be eliminated? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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Images by Nicole Wilder/SyFy.