For its 11th season, Face Off will look different: not just because it’s the show’s first-ever all-star season, but because the contestants will compete in pairs all season long, affecting the way each episode is structured. Instead of weekly eliminations, as the show had for its previous 10 seasons, the show will now alternate. Tonight’s episode (Syfy, 9 p.m.) won’t… continue reading
The cast of the next season of Face Off has been announced, and they are all returning contestants. Face Off: All Stars will debut in January.
On the Face Off season 10 finale, finalists created a demon and another character for a short horror film. The makeup succeeded, but the films, not so much.
Two Face Off models, Matt Chris Wood and Isabelle Du, talk about what a typical day on the set of the Syfy reality competition is like.
One of my favorite challenges in the history of Face Off is the season-one challenge, where the contestants made themselves up to look like other people and then interacted with their own family members, to see if they’d be recognized. The results really showcased their talent.
Syfy’s Face Off has long been a strong competition series that for me was stuck in a rut—a decent rut, yes, but a rut nevertheless. So, I’ve been wishing for a while that the show would shake things up. While there was not some kind of massive shift this season, producers made very smart changes… continue reading
Face Off has been introducing new challenges this season, its ninth, and they’ve improved the Syfy reality competition significantly.
Professional talent competitions like this live and die by their challenges, and the challenges have had more of a spark all season: engaged couples transformed into zombies who were then married by host McKenzie Westmore; two models merged into one creature; Rorschach ink blobs as inspiration for characters.
There’s a lot of variety that has nudged the show out of the rut it’s been in recently; the episodes don’t feel as interchangeable with other seasons, and the variation has resulted in some contestants excelling one week and failing the next.
A very interesting Face Off challenge led to the most disastrously comic makeups that I can remember. Pairs of artists randomly chose a gate, and created both the gatekeeper and the creature being guarded by the gatekeeper. (The foundation challenge—creating characters using Rorschach inkblots as inspiration—was also inspired.) Jason described his gatekeeper character as “a… continue reading
Face Off concludes its eighth season tonight after a strong season overall. That’s thanks to the challenges, the returning champion mentors, the contestants, and the work. The challenges, some of which we’ve seen before, were interesting and often produced creative work: dolls come to life; steampunk characters from a western; creatures designed by children. I… continue reading
Face Off ended its seventh season last night, and the finale had hints of next season’s twist: three past winners returned to work with the finalists. Alas, that didn’t work, at least not as television; there was no real reason for them to be there, and their contributions mostly faded away. I hope the coach twist… continue reading
Syfy’s Face Off will get a new format for its next season, one that borrows heavily from shows such as The Voice and Big Brother by having returnees coach teams of contestants. Ve Neill is also returning. The “Return of the Champions” season will have three former winners who each will be in charge of a a five-contestant team. The… continue reading
After watching the latest season premier of Face Off I was struck at how common these “twists” of “you’re not on the show yet” and “this is actually your final audition” are getting and was wondering what your opinion was on it. Personally, I think that it’s incorrect to say that people who are being… continue reading
Stunt performer Tamiko Brownlee has sued Face Off producers Mission Control Media, T-Minus productions, Syfy Media Productions, and others, claiming she was “severely burned over multiple parts of her body while participating in the television show ‘Face-Off.’” Deadline published the full complaint [PDF], which says she was “surrounded and consumed by a fireball.” The complaint… continue reading
Syfy’s Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge is the next great professional talent competition series, despite the fact that it basically is identical to an aging Syfy show, Face Off. It’s pure joy to watch talented people create incredible Jim Henson-like creatures–and, of course, sometimes fail to do that well. Make no mistake: the show is… continue reading
Laney Parkhurst left Face Off during last week’s episode, becoming the first person in the show’s history to leave voluntarily, and leaving four returnees as the show’s final contestants. Her departure seemed to be because of homesickness, but she says it was because of something else, and not a desire to relieve us of her… continue reading