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Face Off 3 Finale Recap: Winner Crowned In Live Halloween Episode

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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29 Responses to “Face Off 3 Finale Recap: Winner Crowned In Live Halloween Episode”

  1. luis castillo Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Very disappointed that Laura didn’t win. It should not have been a popularity contest but one based on talent, having the top look the majority of the time, and never being on the bottom. Nicole is good but Laura is outstanding!

  2. Lisa Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I really think that Roy should have won the whole thing but since he was not in it I think Laura should have taken the title.

  3. Bernie Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I am completely disappointed that Laura didn’t win. I really like Nicole and she really brought it once she got back, but Laura was never even in bottom looks.
    I really disliked having the viewers choose the winner – it broke up the finale and made the whole thing very anticlimactic. Plus, it really felt like a popularity contest instead of a talent contest which really annoys me. At least the judges know what they’re talking about and I would feel that any decision they made was fair, even if it wasn’t what I wanted. But when it’s the public’s decision…well, re: popularity contest. I can’t express how much I disliked the new voting format. Very disappointing end to a great season.

  4. monica Says:
    October 31st, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Well, I agree that some one that made it through all the rounds should of won.
    BUT>.>: She Did do what was required for that round. My applause to her. To be honest the others did just as well, as well as she had.. they just did not create what the show asked them to do as well as she had.

  5. Michele Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Laura should have won NOT NICOLE

  6. Vanessa Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 6:13 am

    So disappointing… Laura should of won. Laura was never in the bottom looks. Choosing the winner should be left to the judges!

  7. Matthew Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Honestly the outcome of this was forecasted weeks earlier. The last two seasons had two guys winning it- I told my wife after the 3rd episode this season- that a woman was going to win it. I thought for sure that Laura had this in the bag, but had always hoped Roy would win since he seems to be so much more versatile than the others.. However Nicole winning it? Never saw that one coming…

  8. Trish Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I thought Nicole did a great job! She wasn’t boastful and got every job done the right way! Congrats to Nicole!

  9. Kelli Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Very disappointed Nicole won over Laura. Laura impressed me week after week with her follow through to the end of her creations. Laura 100% should have won. This right here is why a show should NEVER have the audience do the final vote because it turns into a high school game of popularity. Nicole might have won the prize but Laura will go far (and so will Roy). Congratulations to all of them.

  10. diana Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    While I think it was nice to invite someone back – I totally disagree with turning this into an AI popularity contest. Laura should have won. If they do it again this way next year. I will be very disappointed.

  11. Martha Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Extremely disapointed. I felt that they shouldn’t have brought anyone back I mean they left in the first place for a reason right? And then let US decide really? In reality how many of us actually know anything about special effects makeup? Anyway no I felt Roy should’ve been in the finale and I personally crazy voted for Derek. At least Laura could’ve won. I mean she had a crazy good season. Not happy.

  12. Sarah Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I think Roy should have been the winner. He was brillant and awesome and always pushed himself to be better. I mean congrats to Nicole – I wouldn’t have said no to a second chance either but she got to bypass all those rounds which she could have been horrible at and been eliminated in. It bothers me that if she became this amazing the second time around then why couldn’t all the eliminated contestants come back and maybe they all would have become amazing makeup artists. Also the popularity vote – terrible idea. The people that watch the show – most I believe aren’t makeup artists. This show isn’t like American Idol and ANTM where the winners will be front and center spotlight and need America’s love to get them gigs, the makeup artists work behind the scenes creating their work. In the end this was judged by popularity and not talent which is a shame. At least bring in other makeup artists (pro and amatur 3rd parties) and have them decide. Nicole had talent, don’t get me wrong, but it was wrong to have people who know nothing/little of the makeup artist world decide a winner. I do still like this show though. What other reality show shows competitors helping their rivals out with helpful advice and creative ideas.

  13. Cora Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    America loves an underdog. I liked Nicole. She came back with some great stuff, but Laura had been so consistent the whole season. I think I would feel better about the decision if the judges had decided.

  14. Cami Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Bummed Laura didnt win but Good Job Nicole. Was sorry that Roy had such a sore loser attitude throughout most of the last competition though. Agree though that it should be judged and voted on by the peoole who know the make up world the best, not just avid show watchers. GL to them all.

  15. Norm Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Was it just me? I think politics were in play. To bring back Nichol and then have her win the final? Sounds a little suspicious to me. How many challenges did Nichol miss before she came back. Very unfair to the other contestants. I think the producers had more to say about who wins than anything else. So, why would the producers want Nichol to win? Think about it.

    Of the final three, Laura was the best. Anyone who watched the show knows this. The girl never produced a bad creation. I hope the best for Laura.

  16. Tina Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I agree with the others Laura should have won. I don’t think the public should vote. The judges are much better qualified for that job. Nicole should not have been allowed to come back! Roy would not have been eliminated when he was, it just seemed unfair.

  17. PAM LUCAS Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    YEA!!!!!! NICOLE!!!!!!!!!

  18. Jaaye Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t think Nicole should have been allowed to come back and compete .. she was eliminated for sub-standard work. Laura SHOULD have won.. her work was exemplary and consistent.Nah.. I won’t be coming back. It’s one thing to have the judges examine the work up close and render a judgement based on what they see, and their (collective and considerable) background .. and quite another to just turn it into a popularity contest where people can vote up to what — 7 times? That’s nutz. The show lost all credibility when they did that. Dumb Move!

  19. Jeanie Spencer Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I thought that each was amazing but i feel Laura should have won!! I really liked Nicoles work as well but Laura has amazing painting skills that are totally awesome!!! Laura U will go far in this business!! Good Luck!!!:)

  20. Yasser Says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I think Laura’s final round creations were definitely the best out of the three, so if we were basing it on that alone, I think the right winner was chosen. While Laura wasn’t at the bottom as many commented and many wished she had won, I honestly felt some of her work should have been on the bottom. Some of it was very reminiscent of characters I had seen on other movies, almost cheap imitations, and on that note, I am glad she didn’t take it all. I will agree however, that anyone who was booted off the show shouldn’t have been offered a chance to return, and if so, it should of been the very next episode as to not create a multiple safe pass. So all in all, kind of a bad situation altogether.

  21. jack Says:
    November 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    laura was robbed. she performed well week after week and never disappointed. in my mind,she is the winner

  22. Heather Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Laura was awesome & I’m glad she won.

  23. Mozio Says:
    November 4th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I loved season 1, and wish they never changed the format. First: Bringing that girl back and at the end having her win made it seemed like the show was fixed, especially after Roy was let go, who was doing great all season. Second: Having the fans vote wasn’t fair since they usually vote as if it was a popularity contest and not for the true talent. Fan Voting ruined Idol, DWTS, ANTM etc. so the voting should be left to the pros, not the fans.

  24. jimmy Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Laura should have won. Didn’t like them bringing back nicole in the first place, and then letting the fans vote on it. If anyone from SyFy is reading this, GET RID OF THE FAN VOTE, and on a lesser annoyance, please do not bring back eliminated contestants. So unfair. Roy and Laura were the best ALL SEASON.

  25. glitterflynails Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    this isw a set up so disapointed, first Roy was the best and second in the final 3 then Laura should had win she was exelent. This is just a aranged program so disapointed.

  26. Marlene Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Congrats to Nicole but laura should have won. Nicole was eliminated and should not have been given the chance to return. I love Roys work and I knew he was disappointed he loss and I am glad he still had team spirit to help Nicole. One Love Jamaica

  27. Brian Says:
    November 9th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Those who think Nicole shouln’t have returned You are stupid. She was given a second chance and SHE DID NOT WASTE IT She PROVED that she should have been given a SECOND CHANCE her later stuff was amazing Her problem was she spent the early episodes trying to impress the judges too much. After her elimination she was able to show what she was capable of and Laura wasn’t perfect she almsot botched the Cyborg challenge. her indecisiveness almost proved her undoing Plus while her wizard was amazing Her demon looked liked something from a cheap B movie though She did have some amazing stuff and certainly deserved to win the Grimm challenge. I’ll agree that the Fan Vote should have been gotten rid off.

    I think these comments prove that there should be no fan voting As The Judges seemed to agree that letting Nicole back in was a good thing and she earned her second chance.

  28. Lynn Says:
    November 22nd, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    So disappointed Laura didn’t win. I feel like the show is fixed. I won’t be watching next season. What for? It’s obviously not based on talent but a popularity vote…very sad.

  29. Joe Soap Says:
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:06 am

    It stinks of nepotism to me!!!! They invented a way to get her back into the show and then let her win….hmmmmm…..I cry cheater!!!!

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