October 31, 2012 08:27 PM by Ryan Haidet
For the first time ever, the Face Off winner was crowned based on America’s vote during a live one-hour finale on Halloween night. The entire cast, well, all of them but quitter Joe who voluntarily left in the first episode, reunited together to watch either Derek, Laura or Nicole rewarded with the title of Face Off champion along with $100,000, a new Toyota and the opportunity to be a guest lecturer at the Makeup Forever academies in New York and Paris. Who is the new champion? The details are inside…
The episode began with host McKenzie Westmore announcing that America had made more than one million votes by phone and online. While it’s definitely not the most impressive voting total when compared with other reality shows, it is still important to note that this show isn’t on a major network. For something on a smaller, basic cable channel, one million votes is actually pretty solid.
Sadly, the one-hour finale wasn’t very thrilling. It was basically boring filler made up primarily of an extended question/answer session with the contestants and judges. There were also multiple recaps of the entire season and never-before-seen footage including an entire segment dedicated to the outrageously hilarious vocabulary of judges Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page. Boob-fish? Really?
Before the winner was finally announced, there was a sneak peek for Face Off‘s fourth season. The upcoming edition features 14 new contestants in another intense competition, which is set to debut in January. Honestly, this short preview was by far the best part of the entire finale. Some of the finished makeups that were quickly flashed on the screen were so impressive that I can’t wait to see the upcoming season. I can’t wait!
And The Winner Is…
Finally, at the end of the hour, Nicole was crowned as the winner. In a flash of confetti, she erupted into tears and the other contestants raced to the set to offer their congratulations. While I won’t dispute that Nicole is an amazing makeup artist, I’m a tad bummed she won. I don’t think it makes any sense that somebody who was booted earlier this season — and given complete safety from multiple elimination rounds — can win the entire show after getting a second chance. I’m happy for you, Nicole, but I definitely think the title should have gone to Laura, somebody who was good enough to survive every elimination and never once ranked as one of the bottom looks for the entire competition. I guess Nicole’s victory is one that was spoiled by Twitter before the finale even started because she was the highest-trending of the final three.
What are your thoughts on the live Halloween finale? Are you happy with America’s choice in crowning Nicole as the winner? What did you think of the preview for next season? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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