What a great episode this week! The remaining artists got a really interesting Spotlight Challenge: they had to create a dark and sexy alien circus performer. Their inspiration? Cirque Berzerk, a dark, sexy and punk rock reinvention of the circus based in L.A. The artistic director and co-founder, Suzanne Bernel, was there to guide them with their intergalactic circus troupe designs. The artists also got to use members of Cirque Berserk as their models. Suzanne stressed that the models had to be able to move in the makeups, and the appliances had to endure the rigorous performances. This was a team challenge, so Laura & Roy, Eddie & Miranda, Laney & Alana, and Frank & Tate paired up to start their creations.
Laura and Roy came up with an alien creature tamer with a parasite host. When Mr. Westmore did his rounds, he noticed the face was not sexy. Laura took heed of what he said and had to rethink her design. Roy did his fair share with the mechanism for the insect prop. I thought the head sculpt was beautiful, but the judges felt the insect idea was a waste. Glenn thought it would have worked better if it was on the model’s back, and Ve didn’t like the amount of blue used in the paint job.
Eddie and Miranda created a galactic contortionist that was a space siren. Early on in the sculpting phase, Frank pointed out that the head looked a lot like the Angel of Death from Hellboy 2. Miranda and Eddie made an executive decision to change the design and it paid off. I thought the sculpting was beautiful, and so did the judges. They felt it was really symmetrical, with Neville pointing out how well the head shape flowed even though they each did a side. Ve thought it needed to be more feminine and sexy (which I agreed with), but overall they thought she had an alien beauty.
Frank and Tate designed an alien from a tribe on one of the moons of Neptune. This alien discovers punk music and becomes an alien punk contortionist. The judges felt they guys gave a clean execution of the head sculpt and paint, even though Neville felt the design from the neck down was “muddy”.
Alana and Laney dreamed up an alien ring master who was a space womanizer. Unfortunately early on in the concept design, the ladies could not agree. They ended up scrapping the cowl that Laney created, and Laney felt Alana didn’t trust her. For the rest of this challenge, they were at odds with each other and you could see the worry on their faces. Rightfully so, because even though the makeup was colourful, the judges felt the look fell short. They didn’t like the scales and they thought it looked goofy, and not alien, dark or sexy at all. The only saving grace was the nose that Glenn sort of liked.
All the looks performed well. Nothing fell apart as the Cirque Berzerk did an incredible performance for the artist and judges. I would love to see the entire show, and I hope they come to Toronto in the future. The bottom looks were created by Laura & Roy and Alana & Laney. The judges thought Laura and Roy’s makeup had a boring palette and they exhibited poor self editing. Alana and Laney suffered with missed “opportunities” and there was nary a sexy alien in sight with their character. The top look came from Eddie and Miranda. Eddie did a great job blending with Miranda’s beautiful sculpt, and the paint job helped accentuate it. Miranda won with her brilliant application. It’s her 4th win, and it was well deserved. Unfortunately, Alana was chosen to go home. The judges didn’t like the face sculpt she did, but Neville pointed out that she had hunger and passion and would do well. Laney was extremely upset which was a huge contrast to how she was feeling at the beginning of this episode. She was pleased that she had been in the top looks until now, and I think she felt partially responsible for Alana’s elimination. In a one hour show, we sometimes forget how stressful it is to create such intricate designs on demand in such a short amount of time. It’s difficult to know if you’ve made the right decision and this is a prime example of uncertainty under pressure. And the pressure will build in the upcoming weeks as we near the finale!