The new season of Syfy’s Face Off begins on a new night with a challenge that could be the basis for a Syfy movie*. Fourteen new contestants take the stage to be judged by Glenn, Ve and Neville. But someone won’t even get settled into the house before being sent home. Spoilers ahead.

This set of contestants has the usual mix of amateurs and trained make-up artists (the Savini school is well represented). There is no Foundation Challenge this time. Instead they are put right into a Spotlight Challenge in random teams of two in order to create alien bounty hunters based on the spaceships shown on wanted posters for each character.

The results are a mixed bag of good and bad work.

The Top Looks are Kaleb and Walter’s (top image) plus Anna and Melissa’s (above). Anna and Melissa’s design win and Melissa is declared the winner.

At the other end the Bottom Looks are Johnny and Ant’s (left) plus Yvonne and Greg’s (right). Johnny and Ant had different ideas for their design and their bounty hunter has a designed-by-committee lack of coherence. Yvonne and Greg’s design is just bad. Since Greg did the least (and has the least to be judged) he is the first contestant sent home.

Assorted thoughts:

  • I noticed a mix of new models and experienced ones. I mention this since a good model who gets into character can make a difference between a good result and a great one. Yes, the judging should only be on the make-up but a model really selling the character helps (especially if they can make the judges laugh).
  • This season the judges have a one-time save to use if someone promising has a bad week. We’ll see if it used well.

As always, you can see galleries of this week’s designs, the contestants’ previous work and previous seasons here. Images in this post via screencap.

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*Yeah, that could apply to a lot of challenges but it came to my mind immediately when the challenge was introduced so I’m going with it.