January 15, 2013 09:02 PM by Ryan Haidet
It’s the biggest season of Face Off ever as season four kicked off with 14 brand new aspiring special effects makeup artists battling it out to be crowned champion and the winner of the $100,000 grand prize. More importantly, the winner gets the amazing exposure and potential ticket into Hollywood. While I don’t feel this premiere episode is the strongest the show has ever seen, it was still a total blast to watch true talent explode on the screen. I’m still amazed by the stellar work these folks are able to create in such a short amount of time, which is why I will continue to argue that this is one of the best reality shows currently on television. Since its inception, Face Off has consistently been a fun ride filled with exciting personalities and tension-filled moments. Tonight’s big battle kicked off the season by putting the new contestants through a pair of royally tough challenges, which left one eliminated from the competition and another shining as a true star.
Creating A Queen
For the first Foundation Challenge, the contestants had to create their own queen using a specific crown. The stakes were high, too, because the contestants were squaring off to win Immunity from the first elimination. Michael Westmore, host McKenzie Westmore’s father, was introduced before the challenge began as a mentor for the entire season. When the competition kicked off, the 14 newbies snatched up the crown they wanted to use as their motivation and quickly started applying their makeups on an array of female models.
Michael Westmore ultimately chose Anthony as the first winner, which gave him Immunity. Sadly, the majority of the makeups from this first challenge didn’t showcase how talented these new contestants can be. I felt it was a weak way to begin the show because all it did was involve mediocre makeup, which I think was the result of a really really really short deadline.
We did get to learn a bit about some of the contestants up to this point, though. Jenna shared a very personal story in confessional how she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008 before her husband left and she lost her job. Crazy. When Michael introduced himself, he quickly revealed that his brother is a former contestant — season two’s Matt Valentine. Strangely, the fact that David “House” is dating season two’s Beki Ingram was left out of the entire premiere. I really find it odd that one personal connection with a former cast member was so prominently featured and the other was not.
For the main challenge, the contestants were paired up in teams of two and tasked with creating a goblin king inspired by the lands that they ruled. After selecting the geographical region in which their king reigns, the teams began the intense three-day process of creating their monstrous kings. As we’ve seen in every previous season, the contestants then struggled with the stresses of meeting the insanely short deadline.
Here’s a look at their finished makeups:
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
Neither of these finished makeups were openly critiqued by the judges and both pairs were immediately sent back to the makeup room and deemed safe from elimination.
Alam and Kris — forest
Katie and House — arctic
Without a doubt, the three teams that were ranked at the top were by far the best.
Anthony and Meagan — mountain “I’m extremely impressed with this piece,” judge Glenn Hetrick said before the rest of the panel oozed praise on the creation. In the end, Anthony was deemed the winner of this challenge based on his work on the face sculpture. This makes him the most successful contestant thus far having won both of the first two challenges of the season. I really think this is the guy to watch out for. He’s my early favorite. Take a real, good look at this finished makeup one last time (the photo at the top of this article offers a close-up view) before glancing deeper at the rest. This one is definitely miles ahead of the competition. So damn impressive!
Jenna and Eric F. — desert “There’s some exceptional details in the sculpture,” Glenn said. Ve said she really liked how well all of the details were tied together — including the gold nipple rings. The most successful element of this makeup for me was the overall dry vibe the creature gave off. Really cool.
Eric Z. and Autumn – jungle “Choosing to do knots for ears, another great choice of figuring out a feature on the tree that’s going to work for the metaphor of ears,” judge Neville Page declared. I agree. This was a totally creative piece of work.
The two teams facing elimination included:
Alex and Wayne — swamp While their concept was to create a gator-like creature, the judges didn’t feel it resembled much of a gator at all. While I thought the face looked fantastic, the rest of it was a bit strange. In fact, judge Ve Neill compared its chest piece to a “psychedelic washboard.”
Michael and Troy — volcanic “You covered up the best part of your makeup,” Ve said of the ashy cloak it was wearing. She also felt like the crown looked more like a clown hat. I couldn’t agree more with the judges. This was clearly the least-impressive of the other makeups. In the end, Troy was booted from the competition based on his lackluster work on the facial sculpt.
What are your thoughts of the premiere episode? Who is your favorite contestant thus far? Did you agree with the judge’s decision to eliminate Tony first? Which makeup impressed you the most? Sound off and leave a comment below!
Images courtesy of SyFy.