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Face Off “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” 

Face Off “Skull Island: Reign of Kong”
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Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/Syfy
Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/Syfy

I’m trying to decide if I’m happy about the 3 artists who’ve made it into the finale. Don’t get me wrong, the final four were very strong. My least favorite is probably Walter, but only because I want him to have a little more personality — which I know should have absolutely no weight in my critique of him as an artist. But it does and I won’t apologize (much) for it. Having said that, I loved his makeup from last week’s “The Art of Warcraf” and thought he absolutely deserved to win. The sculpt, the paint and the fabrication were simply fantastic. So, while I might have my own hangups about him, he absolutely deserves to be in the finale.

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Photo Credit: Syfy

Rob is my favorite. I think he’s incredibly talented (and he’s so young!) and what that guy can do with a face sculpt is pretty damn impressive. But he’s had serious time management issues over the last two challenges, which is concerning. But face pieces and cowls he’s able to fabricate impresses the judges — and me — every single week.

This week, Rob’s time management issue wasn’t the only thing he struggled with. He also had trouble with his paint job and didn’t really get to finish the overall “look of his character.

Photo Credit: Syfy
Photo Credit: Syfy

Let’s talk about the positives for a minute though. This face and cowl are so gorgeous. I can’t even imagine how much greater it could’ve looked if he’d had more time to paint it. And while the judges comment on where he falls this short, what he was able to do with that face piece helped advance him into the finale.

Photo Credit: Syfy
Photo Credit: Syfy

This week’s winner was Melissa and I think I loved every single thing about her makeup. She was smart about the time she spent on the face and everything she fabricated. You could tell she was thinking about all the details of this character and what she needed to do to make it a complete look. It came together so well and I’m glad she was able to redeem herself after her look last week fell short.

Photo Credit: Syfy
Photo Credit: Syfy

Unfortunately, Mel was sent home. I think she did such a wonderful job on her character, after a few stumbles in the workroom on day one. It’s been great — but also frustrating — to watch Mel over the course of this season. She’s so talented, but she second guesses herself a lot. And I can’t say I wouldn’t be doing the same if I were in her shoes. I think there’s a lot of pressure to be creative and push boundaries and try to make something the judges haven’t seen a million times before. I know and other artists have let the pressure get to them, but I think she pulled it together in the end. This week’s look was great. I loved it and I’m bummed it wasn’t enough to send her through to the finale.

I’ve got high expectations for Rob, Walter and Melissa. I’m excited about seeing what they’ll create in the finale and I probably will judge them pretty harshly if they fail on any level. I’m not (that) bitter Mel didn’t make it through, but I do want these 3 to show us their best work.

Despite his recent issues, I still want Rob to win. Who’s your pick to take some the prize this season?

The 2-part Face Off finale starts Wednesday, April 6th at 9/8c on Syfy.

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2 Comments

  1. Maria

    I was very disappointed with the judges choosing Rob over Mel his look was unfinished and they have sent others home for that. It was his turn to go no matter how lovable we all think he is, right is right and this was WRONG!

    1. TV Goodness

      Thank you so much for your comment! I was so upset about Mel too. I loved her look. I can’t remember which judge said it was too simple — maybe Glenn? But I thought she had a strong look. And while I agree that Rob’s look was unfinished, that head piece was STUNNING. I mean, he hurt himself with the paint job, but that sculpt was beautiful. I think he’s more talented than Mel, which is probably the only reason I wasn’t objecting more loudly to Mel being sent home.

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