Welcome back for the fourth week of Face Off. We saw a minor changing of the guard this episode with Anthony Kosar (winner of all four challenges to date) losing both the Foundation and Spotlight challenges to Eric Zapata and Kris Kobzina, respectively. It was a bad week for those trying to stick to their 2013 diet resolutions, as our candy-themed episode gave us lots to drool over. How much plaster is too much to ingest? Could you make an edible plaster? These are questions you ask yourself when looking at a life-size gummy bear. The great Will Cotton (visual artist who worked on Katy Perry's iconic "California Gurls" look) joined as a guest judge. Let's get to the highlights.
At Stake This Season
2013 Fiat 500
Guest lecturer stint in New York and Paris
What You Missed
After a two-week hiatus, we kicked off the episode with the return of the Foundation challenge. The artists were tasked with creating a classic circus "Bearded Lady," and professional beardsman John Meyer dropped in to help evaluate. As Morgan Spurlock's doc Mansome (not as bad as reviews say) shows, completive bearding is a thing that exists. You can't un-know that now. As a guest judge, the red-bearded John slayed me. Most guests come in, say a few nice things, a few critical softballs, and call it a day. Not John. He was out for blood. He takes his beards seriously. Watch his awkwardly edited comments from last night's episode and try to guess how much was cut from his criticism.
The king is dead. Twice. Former Golden Child and four-time champ Anthony lost the Foundation challenge, and didn't even qualify for a top look in the Spotlight. Anthomanics shouldn’t fret, as next week looks to be another makeup heavy challenge that plays right into his wheelhouse.
Sleeve update: David "House" Greathouse ALMOST WORE SLEEVES. This would’ve been more shocking than a 49ers comeback in the Super Bowl. At the spotlight showcase, he looked to be wearing a sweater/hoodie combo, a sure sign that sleeves were going to cover up the gun show that is House. Rest assured, David had the sleeves tucked up over his elbow the entire time, maintaining the most impressive streak in pop culture since Cal Ripken Jr.'s consecutive games played.
1. Anthony Kosar (Last Week - #1) Despite losing both challenges this week, it's going to take a lot more to bump Anthony from top position. Was pretty shocking not to see him at least make the top looks this week after another rock solid outing. We could start to see holes in his game with relying so much on his perfect makeup skills, but nothing this week indicates that he won't be standing there in the finals.
2. Alam Park (Last Week - #3) After riding shotgun on Anthony's spotlight victory last week, Alam stepped out on her own to almost take the title herself this week. As one of the more unconventional artists this season, her week-to-week results may vary, but two top look finishes cements her status as a major player.
3. Kris Kobzina (Last Week - NR) With respect to my hero Eric Fox (whose blob candy creature was ahhhmazing), we have to give this rank to the only man who has defeated Anthony in a Spotlight challenge so far. His character was solid right from concept to execution—clearly something the judges are looking for in a winning entry. After three weeks of Kosar and Eric mopping the competition, we’re finally starting to see some challengers emerge.
Losers Lounge - Alex Kinda Got Screwed
Have to disagree with the judge’s decision to book Alex from the competish this week. While her creation didn't set the world on fire, it wasn't the hot mess Jenna and Autumn delivered. Jenna especially looks to be on the edge with her injured hand. While there have been some great one-handed talents over the years like Jim Abbott and Sarah from The Bachelor, Jenna isn’t in their league. After two straight bottom finishes, she's the odds on favourite to see the door next week.
If you missed this episode (or want to catch up on the entire season so far), you can watch it right here at spacecast.com.
Coming Up Next Week (Tuesday 9E/6P)
Brian Singer joins the judges panel for "Two Heads Are Better Than One." The artists will try to create a larger-than-life two-headed character based on an ancient fable. Hopefully it's the Mr. Burns/Homer storyline from The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror II.”