October 24, 2012 01:16 PM by Ryan Haidet
Roy, Nicole, Laura and Derek: The final four Face Off season 3 contestants. This week’s episode sent one more packing and left us with the final three who will compete for the grand prize in next week’s finale. For this week’s challenge, the aspiring special effects makeup artists found themselves in Griffith Park face to face with four different over-the-top, bloody crime scenes — each with a murder victim who “died” in a not-so-normal way. Each contestant had to choose one of the death scenarios as their motivation to create the creature that likely caused the gruesome death. For a show based on special effects makeup, this was a really cool concept.
After taking notes about their crime scene, each contestant determined what they believed most likely caused the mayhem in their specific scenario and got to work. Right off the bat, Laura found herself in an emotional rut because she couldn’t stop thinking about missing her husband. “I know that my husband would want me to do well,” she said in confessional realizing she had to find a way to focus and block out those kind of thoughts. Based on her quick rebound, it didn’t seem like it took her too much to focus her efforts on the challenge.
As far as everybody else is concerned, Nicole had the most obvious difficulties throughout the task. She struggled getting her mold opened and found herself stressed that the chest piece she had made wasn’t fitting on her model as easily as she had expected.
Take a look at the awesome work the final four created below. This proves why Face Off is such an outstanding, entertaining hour filled with freakishly creative contestants.
Laura “It’s so well done it blows my mind,” judge Glenn Hetrick said, especially impressed with her colors. The other judges loved it as well. “You took huge risks this week,” Glenn told her before announcing that her “very impressive” work was their favorite for the week. With that, she claimed the first spot in the finale.
Derek “I was impressed by the real interesting choices as far as breaking up the colors,” Glenn said before adding it was a successful complete makeup. While he was worried about the raptor-style toenail sticking out of his model’s shoe, the judges seemed to think it really glued the creature concept together. “You’ve evolved since the beginning of our competition,” Glenn said before welcoming Derek to the finale.
Nicole “I think it’s a cool design,” Glenn said before saying the clothing choices were very distracting. Judge Ve Neill thought the wolf hair was far from effective, but liked the coloring. “We definitely think you have more to show us,” Glenn said as he announced she was the third and final contestant in the finale.
Roy “The sculptural elements of this are so good,” Judge Neville Page said before criticizing the placement of the fangs. Ve didn’t dig the red hair and neither did Glenn because he felt it was covering up his great makeup work. “You think big and you’re willing to take chances. Good luck.”
While I totally dug this episode, it was also a shameful lovefest for NBC’s “Grimm” as several folks affiliated with that show were brought in as special guests throughout the hour. It was also hauntingly disappointing for Roy to get the boot because I think he and Laura are the two most deserving contestants to be in the finale. I think the judges screwed up with this one because his work has been so amazing throughout the competition. Although he definitely made a bad choice with his hair and fang placement this week, his past successes shouldn’t have been so easily ignored. I mean, they gave one of the three finale spots to Nicole — somebody who had already been eliminated once and given a free pass through several challenges before she was brought back from the dead and welcomed back into the competition. I’m not saying Nicole’s work is lackluster, but her performance wasn’t as solid as Roy’s throughout the season. One thing is sure, the final three should all be thanking the judges for bouncing Roy because his personality was likely enough to garner him enough fan votes to claim the top prize during next week’s live Halloween night finale. But, with Roy gone, Laura is my pick to win and I hope she pulls it off.
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