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Face Off Season Premiere: “Return of the Champions”

The eighth season of Face Off got underway last night, arriving with a brand new twist. As host McKenzie Westmore explained, this season’s artists are being broken into teams coached by a trio of former champions: season two’s Rayce Bird, season four’s Anthony Kosar, and season five’s Laura Tyler. Adding to the drama, the veteran who coaches this season’s winner will become Face Off’s first two-time champion.

Before the coaches could put their teams together, the 15 new artists were given a chance to show their stuff by designing companion characters to go with the champions’ most iconic creations. The artists were given just two hours to complete this task, but they came up with some impressive results.

Oscar-winning makeup artist Ve Neill—who contestant Kelly refers to as “the Aretha Franklin of the effects world”—returned to weigh in on these creations.

While Ve offered encouraging feedback for all the designs showcased on air, she selected two favourites. We’ll let you discover for yourself which one earned its artist first round immunity, but here are the two contenders: Darla’s ballerina and Rob’s dark wizard.

Once this task was complete, the coaches proceeded to pick their teams and send them off to Vasquez Rocks, the site of numerous prominent movie shoots. To their surprise, they were greeted by a certified make-up legend: seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker.

After asserting his pride for Harry and the Hendersons (or at least his contribution), Baker shifted into consultant mode, offering each team tips as they worked on the first Spotlight Challenge. The task at hand? Designing aliens that have crash-landed on Earth. A veteran of the Men in Black trilogy, Baker proved to be the ideal consultant for this challenge. After hitting the shop and getting some additional feedback from series mentor Michael Westmore, the three teams seemed to be on track. But before they could finish their creations, the episode came to an abrupt end. We won’t reveal what happened, but it had something to do with these guys.

Want to find out more? Watch the whole episode now!