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Face Off 3 Recap: The Final Challenge Takes A Halloween Twist

October 31, 2012 01:42 PM by Ryan Haidet

After weeks of competition, it all comes down to this:  Laura.  Nicole.  Derek.  The final three Face Off contestants squared off in their last challenge of the season battling for the $100,000 grand prize and title of champion.  The task for the epic final challenge was actually a really neat concept with a Halloween twist.  More details and close-up photos of all the finished makeups are inside!

Halloween-Based Challenge

“Your final spotlight challenge is inspired by one of the oldest celebrated holidays:  Halloween,” host McKenzie Westmore told the final three contestants.  “Each of you will create two original characters.  The first is a demon determined to spread chaos throughout the living world.  And the second, is a good witch who will hunt that demon down and banish it back to Hell.  Your demons can be created in any style that you’d like.  But your witches are elemental protectors of the earth.  So each one must be influenced by one of the four major elements:  Earth, air, fire and water.”

Their creations would then have to take part in a choreographed stunt routine live on the reveal stage in front of the judges and a live studio audience.  That added element ratcheted the stress level way up.

Predictably, each contestant was teamed up with two former competitors from this season to assist them throughout the challenge.  The teams broke down as follows:

  • Laura chose Roy and Sarah.  She selected earth as her witch inspiration.
  • Derek chose Eric (his brother) and Jason.  He selected fire as his witch inspiration.
  • Laura chose Rod and Tommy.  She selected water as her witch inspiration.

Roy Gets Tough  Sort Of

There was some drama during the challenge between Roy and Nicole.  Roy was acting bitter at specific points in the challenge — even questioning in confessional why he should work so hard to help her win when he believes he is the person most deserving.  “It’s hard to even look at her because I’m reminded that the judges chose her work over mine,” he said.  I think this tension was more constructed in editing though because it just didn’t seem to fit Roy’s personality to be so negative.  In fact, his line about not being able to look at Nicole was presented in a much different way following a commercial break.  “I love Nicole, but every time I look at her I’m reminded that the judges chose her work over mine.  But I have to be professional and help Nicole win.”  Strange how different a person’s words can be presented to manipulate storylines, huh?

Lackluster Stunt Show

After all of the finished makeups walked onto the reveal stage, all six of them joined in their choreographed stunt snore show.  The attempt to create an exciting, flashy stunt show was an absolutely terrible idea.  These models, clearly not trained professionals in the stunt world, were extraordinarily lackluster in their performance.  It actually seemed more like a bunch of kids dressed up in excellent costumes goofing around.  The shtick certainly didn’t deserve the standing ovation the audience gave.

Here’s how each of the final makeups were presented to the judges:

Laura I was far more impressed by her witch than I was with her demon.  Judge Glenn Hetrick’s thoughts were similar to mine because he said her witch was a stroke of genius, while he was disappointed in the demon.

Nicole Her demon was amazing.  “I think you were very successful,” judge Ve Neill said.  “I especially like the teeth that you put on your demon.”  Neville didn’t like the ram-like horns and Glenn felt like it was a bit too blocky.  While I do think her makeups were very good for this final task, I don’t believe Nicole deserves to win simply because she was eliminated earlier in the season and given a free pass for several challenges before her resurrection in the competition.  Plus, I have a feeling that Roy’s talents helped escalate her final makeups in this challenge to a level she wouldn’t have been able to reach without him.  It is interesting to note, however, that Nicole is the top Twitter trending contestant of the final three heading into the live finale.

Derek His demon actually reminded me of the monster in “Insidious” simply because of its colors.  His demon just missed the mark completely with me because it’s jaw made it look a tad too clownish.  But the judges seemed to really like all of it.  “I really dug the paint job,” Ve said of his demon.  “I think your demon is the strongest silhouette and profile,” Glenn added.

For the first time ever, the winner will be crowned based on America’s vote (online and by phone) in a special live Halloween episode.  Voting continues through 7 p.m. EST.  The live finale kicks off at 10 p.m. EST and will reunite the entire cast — but I wonder if quitter Joe will be included in the shindig since he was ousted from the full cast photo.

If I had my way, Laura would win the competition because she has been consistently solid in successfully creating amazing makeups throughout the entire season.  Derek has been a solid competitor, too, but I think Laura has an edge on him and I hope she takes home the cash and the title!

What did you think of this episode?  Who do you think deserves to win the entire competition?  How would you rank the final three from most deserving to least deserving?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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