This week, Face Off contestants celebrated the Chinese New Year by making dragons that represented each team member's individual astrological sign. The catch was that the finished dragons had to stand up during an acrobatic dance.
Contestants got divided into teams of two. Nicole got paired with Rod. Eric teamed with Sarah. Alana and Laura got thrown together. Derek joined with Tommy. Jason and Roy teamed up.
Nicole and Rod's astrological signs were the snake and the rat. Eric and Sarah faced the boar and the monkey. Alana and Laura had the goat and the rat. Derek and Tommy dealt with the ox and the monkey. Jason and Roy faced the rabbit and the snake.
Most of the teams got off to a good start, sketching individually and then combining their ideas into one cohesive design. Then they started sculpting.
Unfortunately, Alana quickly sliced her finger, requiring an off site medical visit for stitches. That left her partner, Laura, to catch up in her absence. Laura worried that their team would fall behind. Still, Alana remained confident, even adding two more feet to their goat dragon instead of the originally planned two.
About halfway through sculpting, judge Glenn Hetrick visited the contestants to view their work. Afterwards, he expressed intrigue with Alana and Laura's piece as well and Derek and Tommy's. On the flip side, he worried that Eric and Sarah seemed headed in the wrong direction with color. He also wasn't sure they'd have a complete piece in the time allotted.
Eric and Sarah did seem to stumble. They had problems with sticking molds and molds that were too thin as well as with last-minute painting issues.
During application, Alana and Laura's cowl ripped, leaving a huge open gash in the back of their mask. They covered it with fur and hoped it wouldn't rip more during the dance.
Roy worried about Jason's paint job, not understanding the black spots he put in the red reptile facial makeup. He opted to stay away from the paint in the event that was the deciding factor on their piece.
Once the designs were complete, the contestants stood in front of Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill and Neville Page for judging. Each team explained their makeup concept and outlined what each of them did within the design. Finally, each of the "dragons" participated in an acrobatic dance while artists worried makeup, prosthetics and costumes wouldn't hold.
At last, the judges moved in for a closer look.
Alana and Laura's makeup was mostly white with gold trim; less colorful than their competitors. Still, the judges liked their goat mask but worried it had little to do with a Chinese dragon. It was the favorite design for Glenn Hetrick.
Rod and Nicole's piece pleased the judges on many fronts. They liked the colors chosen and felt it had an Asian flair. Only judge Neville Page didn't see a dragon in the design. The other judges liked the artists' overall concept, down to the flags on top of the creature's head.
Derek and Tommy's dragon got declared "the best team collaboration so far". The judges loved the color combinations used, the sculpture and were "thrilled" with the overall design.
Eric and Sarah's piece had problems because of its unintentional asymmetry. The judges hated the horns Eric added last-minute. They also bemoaned the lack of detail in the makeup design. Additionally, they felt the color of the hair and the face was too similar and too orange.
Jason and Roy's snake-like creäture divided the judges. There were parts of it they liked and parts they did not. They chastised the men for covering up the chest plate, which they felt was a strong point. They wished they'd elongated the serpent face to give it a more dragon-like look. All of them agreed on one thing. They hated the paint job accomplished by Jason.
The winning team was Derek and Tommy. The losing team was Eric and Sarah. Marring Derek's win was the fact that his brother, Eric, got sent home because of the poor horns on his dragon and a bad paint job.
Face Off continues next Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on Sy Fy Channel